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REVIEW: I Hate This Place #1

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REVIEW: I Hate This Place #1

Book Title: I Hate This Place #1

Book Description: Trudy and Gabby’s dream has come true. They’ve inherited a house with farmland and cattle. They can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and start their lives together. It’s all they could have wanted. Reality seldom lives up to expectations. That is the case with their new home. In this particular case the house is haunted by a poltergeist and seems to be a magnet for UFOs and all things occult. Rather than getting to start their lives together Trudy and Gabby are literally living in a haunted house with a list of rules they must follow if they want to survive. Now they have to figure out how to make things work in a home in the middle of nowhere that they can never leave.

Book Author: Kyle Starks

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics

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Illustrator: Artyom Topilin

  • Story
    (3.6)
  • Interior Art
    (3.3)
  • Cover Art
    (3.5)
  • Dialogue
    (3.5)
  • Mechanics
    (3.7)
  • Editing
    (3.5)
3.5

Summary

“I Hate This Place” made it onto my radar when I saw it on the shelves at my local comic book store a couple of weeks ago. It was something new and different. The fact that I would be reading this title during my lunch break at my 9-5 somewhere along the way seemed to be fittingly ironic. That alone made it worth giving this title a look. 

“I Hate This Place” doesn’t disappoint. The inheriting a haunted house is a little cliché; but the number of twists and turns Mr. Starks adds to the story moves us away from cliché in a hurry. I appreciated the VHS closet.

I like the work Topilin and Loughridge did on the cover. It created enough intrigue to make me pull it off the shelf and add it to the stacks. That is exactly what you want a cover to do.

The line work on the interior pages was solid. There are some panels I would like to have seen a touch more detail. It doesn’t affect the story though. 

“I Hate This Place” isn’t the Great American Novel. It isn’t bad for what it is: a horror story that gives us some laughs and interesting plot twists. As a geek on a budget it was well worth the price of admission to go on lunch at my 9-5 and think, “I Hate This Place”.

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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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