You can run from a person or a place, but you can’t run from your own mind. Cullen Bunn steps away from his usual slow-burn, haunted horror to flex some writing muscles we rarely get to see. Frantic, sweeping, and visceral, A Legacy of Violence is a ravenous romp through the mindscape of murderous malcontents.
Welcome to the table.
For all my gaming readers this is going to be another comic review but if you are a fan of psychological horror with glimpses at something bigger and more ominous behind the curtains of reality… then you may want to stick around for this one.
Now, out the gate, this is a Cullen Bunn project and he is one of my favorite people on the planet. I am also one of his harshest critics and the first to tell him exactly what I think about his work so trust me when I say if you like slasher horror this new comic A Legacy of Violence from Mad Cave Studios may be exactly what you have been looking for.
Andrea Mutti is lending his artistic lines to the torturous tale and the way they capture the frantic moments of struggle is a masterclass on how shape and form can evoke emotion. The quiet moments linger and the quick and frantic conflicts are so evocative and brutal that I can’t imagine another hand behind the visuals of this story.
Cullen steps out of his normal slow-burn haunting horror and flexes some muscles the mainstream has not seen him use yet. It’s not his normal tone but in my opinion, it’s where his skills as a writer shine. It feels frantic, sweeping, and visceral. Long-time fans of his work will be able to see how diverse he is as a creator and still get to enjoy the layered and thought-provoking storytelling they have come to expect from him as a writer.
The story follows Nick Shaw, a doctor who is trying to do the best he can in this world. After a run-in with an unruly patient, Nick starts to have these flashbacks of suppressed memories. Thinking he needs to clear his head, Nick joins Doctors Without Borders and goes to Central America to help people there.
However, you can run from places but not your own mind. As Nick’s flashbacks become more and more clear, they seem to be linked to a strange serial killer who is loose in a small town in Honduras. The story takes some wild twists and turns and if you are a fan of horror, strange slice-of-life stories, or just a ravenous romp through the mindscape of murderous malcontents then this book is for sure for you.
A Legacy of Violence #1 is available for pre-order on the Mad Cave site, in Previews on July 20th, 2022, and officially in stores on October 5th, 2022.