The Chronicles of Dr. Herbert West #1

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Sep 2008 | Zenescope

Writing: Joe Brusha | Ralph Tedesco
Art: Jason Craig | Axel Medellin Macwain
Colour: Thomas Mason | Nei Ruffino | Garry Wenderson
Letters: Bernie Lee

Herbert West, a Miskatonic-U grad, is obsessed with reversing death. His experiments are frowned up forcing him to continue his work in secret. As he get closer to achieving his goals, he soon realizes some things should be left well alone.

This series is another venture into Lovecraft modernizing the tale of Herbert West: Reanimator. Science horror following the Frankenstein vein.

What a way to lose a mother and sister right after church and by a bus. The blood, and smears, two bodies covered with sheets and fragments of that stuffed toy, what a great beginning. It was nice to see that, to see what drives him to reverse death.

It could not have been human. No man could make such sounds. And its eyes.. its eyes were filled with the horror of sights not meant for men.

And when those eyes fell on me it was all i could do not to scream… or go mad.

The writing is very good, it’s not as eloquent as the old Lovecraft, but it is a modernization. In that light, it’s perfect. The story flows very well and I like how it’s told from Megan’s point of view. It really gives you the feeling things really aren’t going to end well.

I really like the art as well. It’s a good match. I would have preferred a more painted style, but that’s just me being picky.

I look forward to seeing where this is going.

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