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REVIEW: I Hate This Place #3


REVIEW: I Hate This Place #3

Book Title: I Hate This Place #3

Book Description: After everything Gabby and Trudy have experienced on the ranch they inherited the girls have decided to go on the offensive. They have brought Dante Howitzer, Ghost Hunter, to their property. They’re hope is that Howitzer can make their problems go away. Howitzer talks a good game. That goes out the window on the first night. Hearing him say, “I never thought I’d actually see one!” doesn’t instill much confidence in the girls. The next day Howitzer decides he wants to explore the area more. He’s of the opinion the girls need to go into the woods with him, even though they’ve been warned to stay out of the woods. What should have been an exorcism turns into a nightmare for everyone. This job is clearly out of the scope of expertise displayed by this “professional”. Will he live to tell his future customers about it?

Book Author: Kyle Starks

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics

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Illustrator: Artyom Toplin

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


“I Hate This Place” started out as a curiosity voyage for me. Initially it didn’t blow my hair back. However , it did pique my interest enough to want more though. After three issues I am fully vested. 

The girls are in a horrible situation. They have to fear being attacked if they go into the woods or are caught outside after sunset. Spirits follow them if they leave, so selling the place and moving on isn’t an option. They are trapped.

The character development of Howitzer is great. He’s what you would get if you crossed a redneck with a Ghostbuster. He’s a con man that’s playing with fire here. I have a feeling he’s going to get burned.

I like how each of the covers in this series has been relevant to the story. This doesn’t happen as often as one would expect. When it does it’s appreciated. 

Toplin’s artwork on the interior pages continues to mesh well with the story. There are some panels that could use more detail. Given the amount of gore in others, leaving more to the imagination isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 

As a geek on a budget “I Hate This Place” continues to bring it. With this book we get an interesting story, good character development, and a few chuckles along the way.

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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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