Comic Review: Parasomnia #1 (Dark Horse Comics)

The multi-talented team of Cullen Bunn and Andrea Mutti introduce a new Dark Horse miniseries with Parasomnia #1. The muted colours and somewhat puzzling situation on the front cover belies […]

The multi-talented team of Cullen Bunn and Andrea Mutti introduce a new Dark Horse miniseries with Parasomnia #1.

The muted colours and somewhat puzzling situation on the front cover belies the potential of this new title.
So let’s flip past the cover’s reflected image, shall we, and go inside the book.

The concept is that there are two worlds in this dark fantasy, but they are connected. It seems to us readers that the old man who drinks beer under the train bridge is connected to the fugitive travelling through the woods on horseback. It’s like Conan meets Zorro meets Paul Revere.

Cullen Bunn (Harrow County) writes a fascinating scenario, with the reader loping along, gathering clues like wild mushrooms and truffles as we move from page to page. There is a son who is missing, and the parallel universes or time periods are creating a situation where there is going to be an interconnect. Maybe? But that’s all we know. Or think we know. But there are snares and traps and vicious individuals to deal with, and certain death is just around the bend.

Artist Andrea Mutti’s (Prometheus, Starship Down) sparse thin black line and coloured wash gives this comic a ghostly feel. Our minds tend to fill in what we don’t see or can’t make out in the drawings. This works to effect here, embedding us further in the drama. Letterer, not credited inside the comic, is Simon Bowland.

Dark Horse, Parasomnia #1, $3.99 for 25 pages of content.

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!