Shhhhh

The Unsound by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. Cole. Boom Studios, 2018. 9781684151783. Contains #1 – #6 of the series.

I don’t recommend many horror graphic novels, but this one was great.

When nurse Ashli Granger arrives at Saint Cascia for her first day of work, she finds a razor blade on the counter of the empty reception desk. It’s not the only indication that something’s not right with the place, but it’s hard to tell what’s off in a mental health facility that’s overcrowded, understaffed, and located in a building that looks straight out of a Munsters episode. Plus there are those three people hanging out together, leading people off, watching — do they work there? Are they patients? Are they demons or is that a trick of the light?

The dummy that talked to Ashli? That didn’t freak me out. The guy looking through the paper plate mask did, though. So did the visions of cutting, and the talking drain, and the three patients who told her the prince is waiting. There’s more than a little blood, a riot, and then a psychedelic chase through parts of the hospital that can’t possibly exist. And a whole lot more razor blades.

The writing is crisp, the settings are somewhere between A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hellraiser, and the colors hold the whole thing together, creating a vibe that varies between realistic, creepy, hallucinatory, and murderous.

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