Authors: Phil Woodward and William Wismer
Pencils: Jaime Martinez
Inks: Santiago Ramos
Letterer: Mindy Lopkin
Publisher: Close 2 Immortality
No name. No memory. No escape.
He awoke with no memory and found himself plunged into a blood-soaked hell. Bodies eviscerated and stripped of their innards. Killers stalking the halls, ready to slay any that cross their path.
Broken visions that haunt his mind like a ghost. His only path to escape lies past all of this and even if he succeeds, he may not be the same man…whoever that was.
Post Mortem: Skin & Bone is the debut book by Close 2 Immortality. It is a dark and twisted tale, the brainchild of writer, and C2I founder, Phil Woodward.
The story is the first in a series of Post Mortem titles; ‘Skin & Bone’ is a horror story, a story of survival and morality – all entwined with some dastardly surgical procedures.
The Review: I seem to be getting all the comics that have a high “behind the sofa” quotient and Post Mortem: The Harvesting belongs in this category. The story opens in a what appears to be a make-shift operating theatre and a man is tied down to a bed in the middle of this theatre looking as if he is prepared for surgery.
In the middle of this procedure, the building these “surgeons” are using is invaded by person or persons unknown. Whoever it is, it is enough to cause the surgeons to leave their “patient” and to seek security with their partners in crime. The Harvesting closes with the patient being watched over by the “invader”. And where ever the next book Post Mortem: Skin and Bone takes us, it will certainly be in a different direction.
I found this story makes me think of the underbelly of a Mega City One tale, where we get to see the side of organ-legging that John Wagner, Alan Grant et al have yet to explore. The non-use of defining labels is also interesting. This allows the reader to begin to form their own back story and do you side with the patient on the bed, the surgeons or the invader? The next few episodes of this story will allow us to begin to pledge our allegiance with whichever side the writer chooses to makes good or bad. Although in this story, I feel that we will only have shades of grey to choose from.
As to the execution of this comic, I find that the combination of Martinez’s art and Ramos’ inks really adds to the atmosphere that Phil Woodward wanted to create within this short introduction to his trilogy that will be coming to comic shops and digital platforms near you.
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A life-long comic fan, specialising mainly in UK adventure comics, Colin did his very best to support his passion for the comics of his youth, Commandos (still going!) and any small press that interested him. Sadly, Colin passed in March 2021, an invaluable downthetubes team member, much missed by us all