What the F*** did I just read? After reading through this issue, my first reaction was to ask myself that question, and since it isn’t typical for me to react to comics in this fashion, I’m quite pleased with the issue.
“Adrian is plagued by ghastly waking nightmares. To understand and possibly treat these awful visions, Adrian reluctantly agrees to past life regression hypnotherapy. As his consciousness is cast back through time, Adrian witnesses a scene of horrific debauchery and diabolism. Waking, he is more unsettled than before, and with good reason—something has followed him back. Adrian descends into a world of occult conspiracy, mystery, reincarnation, and insanity from which there is no escape.”
Regression is a uniquely grotesque Horror comic, that, if it hasn’t started to already, should fly off the spinner racks and be rushed to a second printing. The concept behind this series is haunting, and the execution in this first issue, is, good. Although, as a debut issue, Regression #1 is lacking in certain areas, overall, it is very readable—if you can stomach the maggot-filled artwork.
One of this issue’s strengths is that it is bullshit free. We readers are dropped right into the middle of things and are left to sift through the mess on our own and make terrible discoveries as we carry on. But, should this lack of bullshit (exposition) be questioned? If a bit more information was given, I think that the book wouldn’t come off as being so, I don’t know, flat?
Before long, writer Cullen Bunn will have us up to our necks in blood, maggots, and past-life goodness, but for now, we’re simply peering into the rabbit’s hole, and I can’t wait to dive in headfirst.