Collective Consciousness Regression #1

by stephengervais on May 10, 2017

Collective Consciousness Regression #1
Welcome back to Collective Consciousness, our weekly article where the staff takes one comic and puts it under the microscope. This allows us, and you, faithful reader, to get a good idea of how the comic fares against a variety of opinions. This week we're taking a look at new horror series from Image Comics, Regression #1.
Image solicit: “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.”
Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Danny Luckert
Publisher: Image Comics
Ryan Lahaise
What in the!???? You can tell by the cover of this issue that it is going to be dark and weird but that is an understatement. The thing is though I actually found myself really enjoying the story. I really liked Adrian and found his reactions the the weird things he's seeing pretty genuine and on point. Though I don't know if I would go to a hypnotist at a club to seek help, maybe find someone a little bit more reputable. All that aside this is a pretty engaging story and it really sucks you in. The creep factor is super high and I find myself really curious to what is going on with Adrian. The art in the book is also really well done. Danny Luckert really brings out the creep in the details in the bugs, and the expressions on each characters face is very clear and obvious to how they are feeling. If you're looking for something different than your regular comics but isn't like other independent books that are just weird for the sake of weird then pick this one up. Cullen Bunn is crafting a unique story that I highly recommend you check out.
Hussein Al-Wasiti
I've actually been looking forward to this book ever since it was announced. Cullen Bunn is a great writer and I love the horror genre, so this was right up my alley.
Bunn crafts a character with a very interesting dilemma: Adrian. He has these hallucinations from time to time, mostly consisting of flies and a disgusting assortment of bugs and the like. He finally decides to fix himself and we have the story. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I'm extremely pumped to read the rest of this series based on the last few pages alone.
The art was done by Danny Luckert. Luckert's art reminded me of Travel Forman's work on Animal Man. Both artists share the same overall art style in my opinion, with this certain art style lending itself particularly well to gory and disgusting images. Luckert manages to make some scenes look absolutely gory, which I like in my horror books.
In short, run out and get this one. It might get pricier down the line if the series is as good as this issue.
Jennifer Lund
It takes a good bit to make me literally, physically recoil in horror from images on a page. I’ve been watching and reading The Walking Dead for half a decade now. I’m also a Game of Thrones fan, and I consumed the Archie vs Predator miniseries from Dark Horse with visceral (heh!) glee and not regretted much. With a couple of very specific exceptions, I’m not terribly squeamish. This book gave me real pause, though, and has prompted me to add another thing to my list of things that make me shudder and back away. Bugs just really *get* me, in a way that I hadn’t expected.
Danny Luckert and Marie Enger have manager to horrify me with some real nightmare-fuel images. Never mind the words that carry their share of the story, this art manages to convey the main character’s fear and unease with real effortlessness. I’ve had my own experiences with what Adrian calls a “new-age crapfest” and managed to dismiss it. The art in this book makes that sort of dismissal an impossibility. You don’t really want to look too closely, but you can’t look away. I’m glad it’s a month until I have to confront these images again, but I’m really looking forward to it at the same time.

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