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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  • 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] 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.

  • Halim

    I don’t know what about this is so good that it immediately gripped me and I couldn’t put it down for hours. (So bad that there was only 5 issues in this paperback.)

    The story is basically about possession. It’s about ax ex-con, Adrain, who is being haunted by a sinister, archaic for ghoul. And, one night the creature starts hijacking Adrain’s body and start making him do horrible things, murderous things... But when Adrian wakes up he doesn’t remember any of it.

    As Adrian and his friends desperat

    I don’t know what about this is so good that it immediately gripped me and I couldn’t put it down for hours. (So bad that there was only 5 issues in this paperback.)

    The story is basically about possession. It’s about ax ex-con, Adrain, who is being haunted by a sinister, archaic for ghoul. And, one night the creature starts hijacking Adrain’s body and start making him do horrible things, murderous things... But when Adrian wakes up he doesn’t remember any of it.

    As Adrian and his friends desperately try to solve this mystery before their time is up, more and more locals drop dead due a mysterious disease. Soon Adrain and co . Find themselves on the run from the Police and a shadowy organization that wants nothing more to do unleash death and destruction to the world as we know it..

    Besides the story, the art-work was fantastic. Lots of details, lots of appealing lush colors, face expressions... I also personally love the color scheme of the book!

    There is also plenty of murder, gore, and some sex, so I def recommend it to an older group.

    Can’t wait for the second installment!

    Halim

  • 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.

  • Molly

    Bunn really jumps right into the story, not providing a lot of background or preamble. It's not quite clear at the end of this volume

    what is going on with our protagonist, Adrian, but I am definitely interested enough to keep reading the series. The epilogue for this collection is what really got me, though - I didn't realize that Bunn's dad was a hypnotist, or that Bunn was once featured as the 'world's youngest hypnotist'.

    For me, that explains quite a bit about how Bunn is so good at

    Bunn really jumps right into the story, not providing a lot of background or preamble. It's not quite clear at the end of this volume

    what is going on with our protagonist, Adrian, but I am definitely interested enough to keep reading the series. The epilogue for this collection is what really got me, though - I didn't realize that Bunn's dad was a hypnotist, or that Bunn was once featured as the 'world's youngest hypnotist'.

    For me, that explains quite a bit about how Bunn is so good at creating strange worlds like the one here and the one in Harrow County . . . which reminds me, I'm about two volumes behind on that series and now I am going to go catch up!

  • 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!

  • Kirsten

    The artwork on this is great -- SO gross when it's called for, and the character design is really nice. I'm not all-in on this series, although I'll check out the next installment. The first collection feels like a television pilot: all the elements are there, but it's not quite settled in place yet.

  • Roy

    A little meh. A man suffers from nightmares seeks help from a hypnotist. A murderer cultist demon possession occurs, murders and mayhem develop. The plot is a little slow. I enjoyed the small cliffhanger style ending but not enough to continue on to the next volume. The art was ok, Ive seen alot better.

  • 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.

  • Alex Sarll

    A man struggling with waking nightmares undergoes past life regression which, to put it mildly, doesn't help. Bunn's dad was a hypnotist, he explains in an afterword, but I'm not sure how much that adds; the wider details of the story weren't what grabbed me here so much as the sheer horridness of the visions, which mix invertebrates and body horror in all manner of inventively nasty ways, and are all the more effective for the understated realism of the art.

    (Edelweiss ARC)

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