Sterile Space

Clean Room Volume 1: Immaculate Conception by Gail Simone (writer), Jon Davis-Hunt (artist), Quinton Winter & Jon Davis-Hunt (colorists). DC Comics, 2016. 9781401262754. Contains Clean Room #1 – #6. Publisher’s Rating: Suggested for Mature Readers.

At the beginning of the book, a small red-headed girl (Astrid) gets run over (twice) by a truck which might also be some kind of monster. After that she starts seeing things. Evil things.

Years later, a topless young woman, Chloe, tries to drown herself in a Florida swamp. The three brothers who live next door save her (this isn’t the only time they’ll do that). She’s seeing things, too, including her dead fiance who recently killed himself (he looks gruesome, most of his head is shot away).

Astrid grew up and founded what may be a self help cult. She wrote the book that may have led Chloe’s fiance to kill himself. Chloe wants answers, so she sets out to interview Astrid. There’s a high-tech white room in Astrid’s HQ she and Chloe go to, it’s kind of like the holodeck on ST:TNG. And there seem to be demons.

There’s lots of nudity and violence and it’s all kinda horrific and mysterious, though there’s an answer of sorts at the end. It’s a well-executed setup to a promising series that I plan to keep reading.

Since I haven’t said it yet, the colors are amazing. And man, Chloe’s neighbors are the best. I hope we get to see more of them. I hope they don’t die horribly.

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