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REVIEW: Hotell, Volume 2 #1


REVIEW: Hotell, Volume 2 #1

Book Title: Hotell, Volume 2 #1

Book Description: Hotel, Volume 1 gave us an interesting plotline that was akin to a mashup of “Tales From the Crypt” and “Four Rooms”. We had four unique stand-alone stories that we saw were all connected as the series progressed. It was entertaining to have the light go on as we saw the connections being made between the stories.

John Lees and company are at it again with Hotell, Volume 2. In the first issue we find ourselves back at the Pierrot Court Motel. The first guests we meet are Bo and Jun. They are traveling with their children, George and Caroline.

No and Jun have told the children that they are on a family adventure. The reality is Bo blew through the family’s money in a series of bad financial investments. Now the family has been evicted from their home. Everything they own is either inside or strapped to the top of the car.

The family is driving across the country hoping to have the good fortune of catching a break and getting back on their feet. Bo is hoping to see a help wanted sign during the trip and walk into a job. Maybe that will help restore peace with Jun.

After how long they’ve been on the road they need a break. When the family comes upon the Pierrot Court Motel it’s a better alternative than continuing on for miles. Luck is on their side. One of the rooms was paid up for quite some time by a tenant that vacated it.

Now Bo has a base of operations to look for work from. Could this be the break the family truly needs? Or is the beginning of even bigger hardships?

Book Author: John Lees

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: AWA Studios/Upshot Studios

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Illustrator: Dalibor Talajic

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


Mr. Lees does a terrific job of developing the characters in this story. The reader can’t blame Jun for being livid with Bo. Showing us that George is smart enough to understand how shaky the ground his family is on is terrific. Children are far more perceptive than they are given credit for.

I would have liked more of an explanation of what happened in the woods. I understand why we didn’t get one though. It would have taken away the mystery.

Ever since I saw his work on “The Resistance” I have been a fan of Mr. Deodato’s artwork. This cover is menacing and somewhat frightening if you’re not big on clowns. It’s exactly what you want on the cover of a horror story.

Mr. Talajic’s artwork on the interior pages blends nicely with the story. It’s not as detailed as some titles. In a horror story, the artwork is supposed to help build up suspense. Omitting some details helps immensely with that. It forces the reader to use their imagination more.

Hotell has a uniqueness to it that is similar to “Ice Cream Man”. With these stories, you’re either going to love it or say it’s a hard pass. Personally, I’m loving it and eager to see what happens next at Pierrot Court!

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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