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Comic-book fans are in for a thrilling ride in the gripping
conclusion of Radical Publishing’s ABATTOIR saga. As a real-estate agent
investigates the dark history of a haunted house, his entire life is thrown completely
upside down. As he descends into madness, the agent struggles to understand
what is real or not, and his own loving family may be his next victims. Created
by filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman (the SAW sequels, MOTHER’S DAY), this issue is
an exciting must-read!
Real estate agent Richard Ashwalt had to sell the infamous
Mitchell house, which is rumored to be cursed. In this suburban home, an entire
family was slaughtered by their crazy father. Just when he finally had a buyer,
Richard saw something very peculiar about the mysterious Jebediah Crone.
Obsessed and mentally disturbed, Crone wouldn’t take no for an answer, and
Richard’s life has spiraled out of control since he refused to sell the house
to him. After being framed for a murder he didn’t commit, Richard immediately
ran away from his wife and daughter, and even though he believed his best
friend to be innocent, Detective Sperry had no choice but to deliver Richard in
handcuffs. During Sperry’s investigation, he has come across more horrible truths
about the Mitchell dwelling. Sperry doesn’t understand what unspeakable forces
he is dealing with, which is why he may be too late to save Richard.
Driven to the edge of insanity, Richard becomes consumed
with his search for Crone, which ultimately leads him back to the Mitchell
house. The longer he stays inside the haunted place, the closer Richard comes
to having a mental breakdown. Though he has a gun in his hand, Richard doesn’t
really know who he is pointing the barrel at, and the eventual confrontation
between Richard and Crone will have deadly consequences for the life of an
The writing duo of Rob Levin and Troy Peteri add plot twists
and shocks as Richard loses his grasp on reality. Because the protagonist is
unsure of what he has done, readers are also able to question whether or not
Richard is guilty of his crimes. Usually in these haunted-house scenarios, such
as THE SHINING and THE GRUDGE, the climax involves the building being burned
down. Thankfully this is not the case here, which allows the authors to focus
on the character study.
Wayne Nichols’ artwork sets an eerie mood; using close-ups
and medium shots, Nichols brings a great deal of suspense to the opening
sequence. With vibrant colors by Andrei Pervukhin, the illustrations are quite
striking as Richard dives further into his hallucinatory nightmares. These
digitally painted panels always adopt Richard’s point of view, keeping the
readers inside the mind of a potential madman.
With this moody artwork and a shocking ending, ABATTOIR #6
is a terrific conclusion to this well-crafted miniseries. Since the first
issue, the authors and artists have always applied fresh creative twists to the
haunted-house genre. ABATTOIR looks and feels ready to be made into a movie!
The new issue is in stores now, and readers can also order the series through
Radical’s official website.
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