Regression, Vol. 1: Way Down Deep

Regression, Vol. 1: Way Down Deep

Plagued by ghastly waking nightmares, Adrian reluctantly agrees to past life regression hypnotherapy. As his consciousness is cast back through time, Adrian witnesses a scene of horrific debauchery and diabolism. Waking, he is more unsettled than before, and with good reason--something has followed him back. Adrian descends into a world of occult conspiracy, mystery, reinc...

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Title:Regression, Vol. 1: Way Down Deep
Author:Cullen Bunn
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Regression, Vol. 1: Way Down Deep Reviews

  • Donovan

    Adrian Padilla has gory, macabre, sometimes deeply erotic hallucinations. He undergoes

    hypnosis to figure them out. While the exact cause of his hallucinations is intentionally vague, the surrounding mystery and writing are pretty fantastic and the artwork is eerie and exquisite.

    My only complaint is Molly’s characterization: her blind complacency to help a friend who’s dangerously mentally ill and, in my opinion, enabling them, doing them a great disservice, and allowing them to harm

    Adrian Padilla has gory, macabre, sometimes deeply erotic hallucinations. He undergoes

    hypnosis to figure them out. While the exact cause of his hallucinations is intentionally vague, the surrounding mystery and writing are pretty fantastic and the artwork is eerie and exquisite.

    My only complaint is Molly’s characterization: her blind complacency to help a friend who’s dangerously mentally ill and, in my opinion, enabling them, doing them a great disservice, and allowing them to harm to themselves and others. I know this is “just a comic,” but having seen such behavior in real life, it’s demeaning for Molly’s character (and women) and a poor moral example to set for mental health, in order to serve the narrative.

  • [Shai] The Bibliophage

    Regression is a fictional story about Adrian who is having hallucinations or visions, and he seek help from his friend Molly who set him to meet a hypnotist. This hypnotist told him that what a better to way help him is through regression therapy or by using hypnosis to take a look at his past life.

    This graphic novel piqued my interest because I'm quite familiar with this; I always listen to radio programs before that tackles topics about new age, past life regression and reincarnation. Some peo

    Regression is a fictional story about Adrian who is having hallucinations or visions, and he seek help from his friend Molly who set him to meet a hypnotist. This hypnotist told him that what a better to way help him is through regression therapy or by using hypnosis to take a look at his past life.

    This graphic novel piqued my interest because I'm quite familiar with this; I always listen to radio programs before that tackles topics about new age, past life regression and reincarnation. Some people had one and others had several past lives, and there are also those who are new souls. There are several ways to get a glimpse on what you were on your past life/lives, and the most famous technique is through hypnosis. Others would immediately know what they were on their first session, but there are others who takes several sessions before they could be able to have the clear vision.

    As for the case of Adrian, he already had visions even before his hypnosis. But they were vague so through regression, it open an opportunity for him to have a vivid vision of his past life. However, because of his dark past and unfinished business then, it almost took over his present life.

    I may reiterate that this graphic novel is just a work of fiction, thus Adrian's story of his past haunting him doesn't happen to anyone who had regression in real life.

    Those who are interested in New Age as well as with horror, suspense and action stories, this story of Cullen Bunn and art by Danny Luckert will definitely capture your interest.

  • Sam Quixote

    Haunted by waking nightmares and at his wits’ end, Asian Tom Hiddleston-lookalike Adrian goes to see a past life regression hypnotist in an effort to find peace of mind. Except the session only opens the door for something wicked to enter our world… !

    Though the premise reminded me of the underrated late ‘90s Kevin Bacon movie A Stir of Echoes, Cullen Bunn and Danny Luckert’s Regression is different enough to be its own thing – and it’s not bad. Though, as far as Bunn’s horror comics go, Regressi

    Haunted by waking nightmares and at his wits’ end, Asian Tom Hiddleston-lookalike Adrian goes to see a past life regression hypnotist in an effort to find peace of mind. Except the session only opens the door for something wicked to enter our world… !

    Though the premise reminded me of the underrated late ‘90s Kevin Bacon movie A Stir of Echoes, Cullen Bunn and Danny Luckert’s Regression is different enough to be its own thing – and it’s not bad. Though, as far as Bunn’s horror comics go, Regression ranks somewhere in the middle (so far anyway – this is a first volume): not as good as Death Follows but better than Harrow County.

    And I think it’s the fact that Regression is an ongoing, like Harrow County, that’s the biggest problem: Bunn is in no hurry to tell his tale. He’s got as much space as he needs and he’s going to use all of it! There’s a lot of intriguing elements here – the monster/s, the flashbacks to Elizabethan times, the ethereal insect realm, the creepy cult hanging in the background throughout – and Bunn holds the interest with the odd murder sprinkled here and there, but it still felt too slow with not enough development for my liking.

    Regression features a lot of quite shocking and unsettling body horror that artist Danny Luckert fully realises with some impressively gory visuals – this is a very graphic and visceral comic that’s definitely not for the kiddles! I especially enjoyed the supernatural imagery which was very striking. Marie Enger’s vivid and eye-catching colours were a fine match for the dramatic visuals.

    Ultimately though there were too many questions and too few answers which always makes for an unsatisfying read. I know it’s a first volume but there should still be some give and take to make it a more complete reading experience. I am interested to see what happens next though, especially with that cliffhanger, so I’ll be back for Volume 2. Hopefully with the table-setting out of the way that book will be more substantial.

    As it is, Regression, Volume 1: Way Down Deep is a fine, atmospheric and creepy horror that doesn’t so much as deliver an engrossing story as strongly hint that one’s on the way.

  • David Schaafsma

    I read this because I am reading and liking very much Harrow County, the Southern gothic horror story about a rural town's "struggle" with demon possession, by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crock, featuring Emmy, a strong girl main character, so I decided to take a look at this. It's not something I will probably continue reading. It's an occult possession and murder story, (too) complicated (and made silly) by past lives regression therapy. Adrian seems crazy, having crazy nightmares, and Molly wants t

    I read this because I am reading and liking very much Harrow County, the Southern gothic horror story about a rural town's "struggle" with demon possession, by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crock, featuring Emmy, a strong girl main character, so I decided to take a look at this. It's not something I will probably continue reading. It's an occult possession and murder story, (too) complicated (and made silly) by past lives regression therapy. Adrian seems crazy, having crazy nightmares, and Molly wants to help, bringing him to a hypnotist who helps Adrian tap into some deep past/former life stuff.

    When the hypnotist is murdered, and Adrian--possessed for a time--attempts to murder Molly, she doesn't drop him, she understands, she wants to help, which feels wrong. I think maybe the occult/murder/police procedural was more than enough in this story, but with the regression therapy, things got less, not more interesting. Things began to quickly regress with the regression, shall we say?

    The best part of this for me was the introduction, where Bunn talks about his father, who practiced hypnosis in a small time traveling show. I always wanted to be hypnotized, but it never works for me!

  • Chad

    A man suffering from waking nightmares goes to a hypnotist for help. The hypnotist wakes a murderer from a past life during regression therapy and people start dying off. There's also some cult involved and a lot of body horror involving insects. I found the story uninteresting, too slowly paced, and the art subpar. I expected a lot more from the author of 6th Gun and Harrow County.

    Received an advanced copy from Image and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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