I Hate This Place #3 ADVANCE REVIEW: Things escalate quickly in this bizarre & quirky horror series.
Written by: Kyle Starks, Art by: Artyom Topilin, Colours by: Lee Loughridge, Letters by: Pat Brosseau.
After Ramon’s death, Trudy and Gabby enlist the help of a “professional” ghost hunter, Dante Howitzer. They invite him to stay with them for a night to judge what’s going on and to see if he really is the one who can help. He witnesses the paranormal events that night and is then excited to get to work. However, he clearly wasn’t told about rule number 2: “Never go into the woods.”
Issue 3 already; where did the time go? I don’t even remember issue 2 coming out. Luckily I was able to get myself a copy, so I could catch up before diving into an advance copy of this issue. Just because I didn’t touch on it, within issue 2 there was one thing that really bothered me. Gabby talking to Trudy and apologising for getting her involved, and that she wished she hadn’t have dragged her into it. Although instead of using "dragged", Kyle used the word "drug". This might be a small thing for most, but it just doesn’t seem or sound right to me. I’m aware that in parts of America it can be used dialectically, which is why it just about works, but for me personally I found that really hard to get past. This in general has been a slight issue with the series so far, its writing has mostly been good, but there are times when it doesn’t work well. Both the main characters overuse each other’s names, which makes it feel unnatural. No one that I know in a relationship calls the other by their name the whole time. There’s pet names or shortenings. So to overuse their real name seems strange.
I don’t know what’s going to happen but I feel like this has escalated quickly. With so many things happening in the first issue, even talk of a house ghost. Yet nothing has been done about these things since. Yet the horned man being one of the last things we see in the first issue pins him as the main antagonist, and we could meet him up close in the next issue. So for me things are moving fast but we will see how Kyle handles things going forward.
There’s a similar problem with the art. It’s great for the most part but there’s small inconsistencies that jump out at me. The dimensions of the characters aren’t great. I will commend the consistency as they seem to be drawn the same through all 3 issues even if they are off for me. Trudy’s shoulders are just slightly too wide for me. There’s also an instance where her veins in her arms are bulging for no reason. I have no problem with her having a bigger physique, but things still need to be proportionally right.
With that in mind, I still love how the horror elements of the book are drawn. They are equally freaky as they are frightening. These spiders are great. In a terrifying way. Artyom has this creepy way of drawing the supernatural that just intrigues as much as it does alarm.
Overall, I’m still interested in the series despite the concerns I have. The combination of horror sub genres are too promising to pass up. I just can’t help but think this concept is incredible, and I hope the series can find its feet and be more consistent with the quality.
For that reason, it gets only 2 POPs out of 5, for now only saved by the wonderful idea.
I hate this place issue 3 will be released by Image Comics on 27th July from your Local Comic Shop as well as comixology
Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.