The Eighth Seal Chapter 7 (Thrillbent)


Rating: 4/5 – A Political Thriller with a Demonic Twist.
by ComicSpectrum Reviewer Ian Gowan.

This little horror comic will scare you out of your tube socks. The Eighth Seal is the story of a young woman who has nightmares of transforming in to a demonic monster. These dreams are bleeding over in to her real life. Her life just happens to be in one of the most closely watched political positions in all of America. This story is like the TV show “The West Wing,” with a little of the horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby,” and some “Nightmare on Elm Street” all rolled in to one. It’s got political intrigue, shadowy figures, and of course a terrifying demon to scare you in all different ways.

You can read it on the Thrillbent:
Eighth Seal is on a “pay if you want to” system right now. You can read the series right on the Thrillbent website or download a CBZ file. It’s recommended that if you enjoy the series, then you would download it for $1.99. If you buy it then you get bonus material. Although I’m not sure what that is since I admit I haven’t purchased it yet.

In this 7th chapter, there are three plot points intertwining around each other. The two main characters are really just trying to figures things out with each other. Then there is the villain who also happens to be a trusted adviser. There’s also a third character who’s hot on the trail of our main mystery of what the eighth seal really is. You’ve got to pick this story up from the beginning as it’s too easy to spoil anything at this mid-point in the story.

Writer James Tynion IV (Talon and Red Hood and the Outlaws) really has us on our toes at all points in the story. The dialog could be a little tighter in places. The conversations that happen between the characters seems out of place at times. It’s artist Jeremy Rock’s wickedly awesome art and mastery of the digital medium that sold me on this comic. The way that he uses the digital medium to play with our expectations really drives the along the suspense of story.

It’s hard to find a genuinely scary horror comic these days. In the past you the EC Comics, then there were the Warren magazines like Creepy and Eerie. There were the even freakier Skywald horror mags like Nightmare and Psycho. There are some recent horror comic stand outs like The Walking Dead and Rachel Rising. Thrillbent is the brain trust of writers Mark Waid and John Rogers. Thrillbent is putting out some other horror and fantasy digital comic titles like Arcanum, Moth City, and Prodigal.

Eighth Seal is a unique take on both a political drama with a demonic possession horror story. The writing is solid and art goes above and beyond what we normally see in a horror comic. Try out this comic and you’ll be so freaked out that you’ll just have to come back to find out more.  Is Thrillbent becoming the digital version of Eerie magazine in our time? We shall have to see but I’ll be watching.

Reviewed by: Ian Gowan – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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