The Evil Within – The Interlude #1 Review
Written by: Ryan O’Sullivan
Artwork by: Szymon Kudranski & Damian Worm
Additional Colors by: Guy Major
Letters by: Simon Bowland
Published by: Titan Comics
Jump in to the pages of The Evil Within – The Interlude with the main character Sebastian almost getting hit by a car. Play a quick game of catch up to the story and you are left with the knowledge that there is some pretty sinister and crazy sounding stuff going on. Now Sebastian is looking for his daughter and is following behind the footsteps of a serial killer with a nursery rhyme fixation. With little to no information to go off of, Sebastian finds himself at the mercy of his mind to look for clues to the case. Is everything as it seems? Will he find his daughter? Who or what is the serial killer with the strange cross carved into their forehead? So much to look for as you journey through “The Evil Within”.
Starting out I found The Evil Within to be a little bit disorienting. If you are unfamiliar with the game you may struggle to catch up to what is actually going on. If you have, though, it comes together pretty quickly. There is a lot of information going on within these pages, and the delivery style is informative, and somehow avoids coming across as cluttering the pages. Ryan O’sullivan does well to capture the mood and run icy fingers down the back of one’s brain as the details start to emerge from the darkness and make you stare into the deformed face of a gripping tale.
The artwork is outstanding as every panel laid out is well crafted. The bonus area at the end of the issue shows a glimpse into the creative process they went through to come up with a panel layout that communicated exactly what they were trying to say. I found myself on multiple occasions looking ahead at the artwork to see what the next panel had in store. The color palette fits this horror with rich, deep colors that definitely belong. The effects used in some of the panels were creative and I haven’t seen them done before, and I anticipate possibly using a similar idea on a project I am involved with myself. So kudos to the team for being inspirational in that aspect as well.