Equal Parts Shock and Gore in the THE EVIL WITHIN: THE INTERLUDE – Review
Publisher: Titan Comics
Writer: Ryan O’Sullivan
Artwork: Szymon Kudranski & Damien Worm
Colors: Guy Major
Letters: Simon Bowland
Detective Sebastian Castellanos has escaped Beacon Mental Hospital but his transition to life afterwards is not as easy he imagined. Stuck with images from memories due to the STEM program, Castellanos struggles with constant visions of death around him from the mysterious Nursery Rhyme Killer. Is it all really happening or are these memories placed in Castellanos from the STEM experiments from Beacon Mental Hospital? This books helps to bridge the gap between the original game and the newly released sequel.
Writer Ryan O’Sullivan did a terrific job at combining the shock and gore of the video game, while also maintaining the same level of physiological thrill brought by The Evil Within game. Just when it seems you are beginning to understand the storyline, shocking twist after twist leaving you guessing what will happen next. The influence from game producer Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil games, The Evil Within) are seen so heavily, it as if he himself wrote this story.
The artwork mirrors the darkness of the story as almost all the book is colored in dark colors mimicking the night. The gruesome gore of artwork tells the story O’Sullivan wrote while also adding to the physiological thrill. Overall, the quality of the art is paired well with the storyline; plus, some of the alternate covers in the back are sick!
As someone who has not bought or played the second game of the series, I cannot comment on how well the story is reflected in the game. However, as someone who has played the first game and is a fan of horror/gore comics, this book is a fun quick read that I think everyone will enjoy. Fans of The Evil Within will find this book a good expansion on the story and answer any questions on possible gaps in the story.