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Saturday, July 2, 2022

The Bone Orchard Mythos: The Passageway by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino

The Passageway The Passageway by Jeff Lemire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

THE BONE ORCHARD MYTHOS: THE PASSAGEWAY is the start of @jefflemire and @andreasorrentinoart’s new shared horror universe being published through @imagecomics. Technically, this is the second release following a FCBD 2022 issue, titled PRELUDE: SHADOW EATER, but this is the first major release in the series.

John Reed, a geologist, is called to a remote island to investigate a mysterious, seemingly endless hole that has developed there. Once there he meets Sal, the caretaker of the lighthouse on the island. It’s pretty clear early on that something is not quite right with Sal, who has lived alone on the island for twenty-five years. John’s first night on the island is haunted by nightmares of his past, and the next day takes a turn for the worst when Sal’s true nature comes to light.

Much like PRELUDE: SHADOW EATER, the reader is not given much to go on with the story, having to fill in pieces of the story ourselves, which works to a degree. Everything happens so fast here, we aren’t given time to develop a connection to any of the characters, so it’s hard to feel concern for John, or really question what’s going on with Sal. I think if this OGN had been a little longer and we were given time to connect with these characters, the story would have resonated better.

Sorrentino’s art carries most of the story here, and is appropriately creepy AF. You really get a sense of the remote feeling being on this island would give you, and the horror imagery is really well done.

Overall, a good start to this concept. THE BONE ORCHARD MYTHOS will be continued later this year with a 5-issue miniseries called TEN THOUSAND BLACK FEATHERS, followed by another OGN, TENEMENT, in early 2023.

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