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Previously established in
the first issue, a violent war is slowly brewing in the outside world. The
Meddler and her group have destroyed another puzzle box, sending two more
Cenobites directly into the abyss. These so-called meddlers are steering closer
toward Pinhead’s box, specifically for him. Even though he pretends not to care
and has grown weary, hell’s priestly servant eagerly awaits this inevitable
confrontation. Readers finally find out who are these meddlers responsible for
the Cenobites’ demise.
This issue officially
marks the long-awaited return of Kirsty Cotton, the series’ heroine. Kirsty
still has her fighting spirit intact, as she intends to go up against Pinhead
and his demonic minions. Now even stronger and deadlier, she is the commander
of her own group of Hell’s Harrowers. In the never-ending battle against evil,
Kirsty will take down each puzzle box, one by one, and slay the entire Cenobite
What’s interesting is
that the Cenobites know more about Kirsty than she knows of them. Kirsty has
gone to hell and returned with her soul unharmed, but she will never be
forgotten by Pinhead. Never far from hell, she met the devil and made him fall
in love. A heavy price falls on Kirsty, as she fights to save an innocent
family from the Cenobites.
Barker and co-writer Christopher
Monfette (SEDUTH 3D) provide elegantly eerie prose that will stay in your mind
long after you’ve finished reading. Kirsty is rightfully at the center of this
issue. This is not a reimagination of the protagonist; instead, it is an
evolution. What the authors have allowed is let their character to grow,
especially in today’s modern times. Because of their previous confrontations,
does Kirsty have to think more like Pinhead in order to defeat him?
There is no way you can
complain about the artwork by HELLBAZER’s Leonardo Manco. In the opening pages,
Manco slowly builds suspense with a series of tight close-ups. Manco’s
illustrations succeed at bringing disturbing terror, which are just bizarre and
stylishly artistic at the same time. Enhanced by the gritty colors of Charlie
Kirchoff and Jordie Bellaire, you will undoubtedly cringe at some of the
nightmarish sights found here.
Presented with such
ambition and epic effort, Barker buffs just cannot say no to HELLRAISER #2.
Page by page, readers will find an endless supply of terrifying imagery. Like a
calculating chess player, Pinhead has made his first move against Kirsty
Cotton. Readers, whether they are long-time followers or new fans just
starting, will be anxiously waiting for the next issue!
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