Bone Parish is equally fascinating and horrifying. The premise is about as morbid as it gets, with horrifying scenes of drugs gone wrong. The volume is fueled by the drama between drug families and the product in contention continues to be morphed to give the originators the upper hand.
A new drug has been invented using the ashes of the dead. Those using the drug are able to inhabit their source’s memories and experiences, to the point of getting enhanced abilities. These alternate realities are fascinating, ranging from mundane memories to horrifying explosions of gore.
The story itself follows an interesting arc. We see this family getting started in the drug underworld, and the events that led them to become who they are today. Murders, disasters, and past trauma are all in play, giving us a group of characters whose morals are lax and futures are dark. There are few redeeming qualities to be found in any of the characters, which plays well within the crime and horror genres.
I was most impressed with the art style and its evolution throughout the volume. There are a number of alternate realities presented, each with a unique art style. The majority of the volume follows a typical comic book style, with strict attention paid to the fight scenes and the presentation of dialogue. The juxtaposition of past and present is done brilliantly, with alternate styles, colors, and panel sizes. The art really made the experience for me.
Overall, Bone Parish is an intense read featuring strong writing and compelling artwork. It’s a crime drama filled with history, horror, and questionable characters aplenty.
Bone Parish Volume 1
Written by Cullen Bunn
Artwork by Jonas Scharf
Published by BOOM! Studios
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.