I Hate This Place #4: The horned man cometh and Adrian unmasked in another gore-filled issue.

Written by: Kyle Starks, Art by: Artyom Topilin, Colours by: Lee Loughridge, Letters by: Pat Brosseau.


ISSUE RECAP: Trudy, Gabby and Dante were confronted by the Horned Man, and they did what they were told to do: they ran. Unfortunately, everywhere they turn there are things ready to pounce and try to murder them. Dante is struggling after the spider bite, so they take refuge in an abandoned car. That’s when they discover the money from the bank robbery. Dante begins to fade and Adrian now knows where “his” money is. It seems as though it’s not just the forest that’s out to get the girls.

Wow, these months are rolling around quickly. Here we are again with the crazy multi-sub-genred book about the drastically different ladies. I so relate to Trudy, I feel like she’s the more complex character and so has the best lines as well as character moments. The fact that she’s the one who wants to be prepared for anything. She also gets angry with herself when things don’t go as she prepared, like making her priority to protect Gabby. Kyle Starks writes these complicated women so well that neither feel like a 2-dimensional character, nor do they adhere to any same-sex couple tropes. Both are as I say different and yet equally compelling, which causes us to root for them. There was however one rather large flaw in the writing for me. Trudy exclaims that she believes Dante is dead, so just flippantly remarks “he won’t need this” as she takes his gun. This bothered me, as considering the situation they are in, and now Dante had helped them not long ago. To brush off his apparent demise with such a comment seemed so disrespectful. She could have checked for a pulse, as they would need all the help they can get, even if it’s someone very weak. This very small moment brings the character down from a well prepared and loving wife to someone very cold, who can disregard life at the drop of a hat. Such a shame when she’s been rather compassionate so far.

Artistically this series has been as different as the couple. There are elements of pure horror genius, and then moments that are just horrific to observe. There’s a few oddities in this issue, but overall it’s drawn rather well. I still have a difficult time with the dimensions of characters. In the first issue, it was Gabby who had arms just a little too long. In this issue, we have a few panels of Dante where his head looks slightly too small for his body. That’s all however, as the gore, violence and horror were masterfully done. Most panels are simple, but very effective as they don’t take the focus away from the creatures that are terrorising the characters.

Overall, this is another solid issue from the team. I personally would have liked to see more of the horned man after the ending of the last issue, but I understand the suspense being developed, especially when there’s so many sub genres at play here. I’m still struggling with the characters' art a little, but I’m starting to think that it’s the style of Artyom Topilin.

Due to the one flaw from Trudy which really broke character for me, I can’t give this more than 3 POPs out of 5, but I do still think it’s a solid issue and I’m looking forward to seeing what more can be thrown at Gabby and Trudy.

I Hate This Place issue 4 was released by Image Comics on 24th August 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.

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