Day #113: Abattoir (Comics)

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Abbatoir | Radical Publishing

Darren Lynn Bousman | Rob LevinTroy Peteri

Bing CansinoAndrei Pervukhin

Synopsis:

[From Radical Studios:] After a brutal massacre takes place in a gorgeous house, real estate agent and family man Richard Ashwalt is assigned the impossible task of picking up the pieces and selling the property. As Richard inspects the blood-soaked grounds, a twisted old man journeys to the house with a sinister and terrifying purpose. Richard is about to be drawn into a web of shadows, murders and massacres that will shatter him to his very core!

My take:

Abattoir is full of page after page of absolutely gorgeous illustrations. Look at them. LOOK AT THEM:

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Rich in detail; beautifully rendered in just the right colours, tones, shades and all that other technical mumbo jumbo I’m too floored to remember right now. Freakin’ GORGEOUS.

I want to own everything that Bing Cansino has illustrated, and everything that Andrei Pervukhin has coloured, just so I can force people I come into contact with to admire their talent. Because that’s exactly what I found myself doing throughout the entire experience of reading Abattoir.

Of course, Abattoir could be the prettiest thing ever and still fall flat without an equally engaging storyline, and thankfully it does – for the most part.

While I think the story in the earlier issues are really strong, the pace seems…off in later issues. Really interesting aspects of the story are left largely unexplored for the sake of developing comparatively less interesting and, well, more predictable personal dramas. Obviously these latter features are important – and I’ve decried their lack in other posts – but the balance doesn’t feel quite right, making for a slightly less engaging story as things come to a head.

Even with these issues though, Abattoir is an engaging – and, don’t forget, gorgeous – comic series, well worth a read.

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