Regression #6
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artists: Danny Luckert
Colorist & Letterer: Marie Enger
Publisher: Image Comics

Review by Anelise Farris

Regression #6 opens with Adrian locked in a dark room—begging to be left alone, stating over and over again that he is not Sutter (aka one of his past lives). Just who are these mysterious figures that have captured and tortured Adrian? And has Sutter really vacated Adrian’s conscious? Regression #6 begins to crack the surface of these questions, as Detective Graymercy and Molly go visit Joe, an occult expert. Rather than have their fears quelled, however, they learn that the mysterious symbol is a lot more dangerous than they thought: devil worship, blood sacrifice, the works.

Regression #6 is an exciting return of one of my favorite horror series of late. Adrian’s continued psychological breakdown and the tangible quality of his extremist captors is masterfully rendered both textually and visually. Cullen Bunn’s careful writing manages to leave just the right amount of room for the reader’s imagination. Danny Luckert’s art is surreal and evocative, and Marie Enger’s unique color choices and creative lettering work so well with the plot.

While Adrian is clearly the protagonist, Regression #6 does a fantastic job of highlighting the importance of Molly and Detective Graymercy. Molly is plagued by lingering guilt over having introduced Adrian to the hypnotist in the first place, and Graymercy himself is struggling to grasp the traumatic situation they are all in. And, if the last page of Regression #6 is any indicator, their nightmare is just beginning.

Verdict:
Buy it. 
If you have not been reading Regression, check out my review of the first five issues to figure out why you need to jump on this. Regression #6 adds even more nightmarish intrigue to Cullen Bunn’s innovative story about cults, past lives, and lots and lots of bugs.

 

Anelise Farris
farranel@isu.edu
I'm a doctor that specializes in folklore and mythology, speculative fiction, and disability studies. Basically, I'm a professional geek. When not researching or teaching, I read; I write; I yoga; I travel; I play with my fur babies; and, I watch way too many (if that's a thing) horror movies.

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