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COMIC REVIEW: Clean Room #1

By Buddy Beaudoin

COMIC REVIEW: Clean Room # 1 - A Brutal Start

Writer: Gail Simone

Artists: Jon Davis-Hunt, Todd Klein, Jenny Frison

$3.99

Vertigo Comics

Gail Simone’s “Clean Room” #1, out now from Vertigo, is stamped with the disclaimer “suggested for mature readers,” and they mean it. This book is full of the horrifying and the macabre. That being said, this comic book amazingly entertaining.

The book starts out in Germany, in a small town, with a gruesome car accident. Not much is done with this in the first issue, but it sure feels like the setup for a lot in context to the rest of the book. A little girl is struck down by a man, seemingly possessed, and hospitalized. The man responsible is beaten half to death, and when you turn the page, it’s a new story.

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The story that follows is about a woman Chloe Pierce, a journalist hunting down the truth about the death of her husband who was a member of a success cult. The pacing of the story is very quick, making everything feel alive and full of action. Almost immediately, we are thrust into the lair of the cult leader, given only small clues as to what could actually be happening in the story. The entire thing, though, beckons to be read. I left this book with a very real urge to know how this story continues.

COMIC REVIEW: Clean Room # 1 - A Brutal Start

Aside from Simone’s impeccable world building and character development, the art of Jon Davis-Hunt and lettering of Todd Klein bring a ton of depth to this story. The lines are clean and the blacks are deep, leading to a feel in the art similar to that of Saga, but without all the glossiness. Hunt’s artwork is terrifying. There are brief moments in this book where they give you a sense of what is happening beneath the surface, and the artwork and lettering in those moments are entirely visceral.

Without spoiling the events of the book, it’s difficult to include a lot of details. There are so many intricacies and things left open to speculation, but it feels very much like it’s all building to the next issue. I’d consider this an excellent way to start the series, and hook the reader.

The “Best There Is”: Simone has always been a powerhouse of a writer, taking on large characters such as Red Sonja, Deadpool, and Wonder Woman. To see her taking a break from the star-studded cast of DC characters that she’s been working on is refreshing, and she knocked it out of the park. Jon Davis-Hunt and Todd Klein bring a sense of desperation, horror, and urgency to Simone’s writing. The full package is thrilling, from start to finish.

The “Not Very Nice”: There’s honestly some difficulty here in finding a fault in this book, but my complaint would be that there are so many questions I am afraid won’t get answered. While the writing is terrific, it’s got that kind of Damon Lindelof feel to it – the kind of writing that instills a need to be enjoyed, but also a fear of no payoff. For now, I’m putting my trust in Simone, but the fear is real.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. “Clean Room” #1 certainly strives for perfection, and is nearly there. The writing and art direction, the horror, the thrill of the read, and the psychological drama of this book are all top-notch. It leaves you wanting more, but at the same time fearing that you’ll never be fulfilled. A very strong start for the series. Look for further reviews as we’ll definitely be following this one closely.

Buddy Beaudoin

Buddy Beaudoin is a writer and independent comic creator from Upstate, NY. He's a fan of tea, spacey music, and a nice pair of slacks. He LOVES comics. Batman, Swamp Thing, and Jonah Hex are some favorites, but he's also a pretty big fan of the indies. Should you ever need him, walk outside and yell his name loudly...

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