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Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #6 review + 5 page preview By Hank Van Hawkins


Nightbreed  #6 review

Admittedly I am having fun with my press pass. I am getting to read so many great comics from Boom! for free. Of course that hasn’t stopped me from actually going into my local store and buying some hard copies for myself as well. I am at my weakest on Wednesdays damn it.  One free issue of a great series will always compel you to buy other issues in order to find out the whole story for your self.  (The whole point to Free Comic Book Day) At least it does for me and my own buying habits.  

Nightbreed in particular has been one issue I read that has prompted me to find out more about the series as a whole. Personally you can’t go wrong with anything Clive Barker has a part in.   Over the many years I have been reading comic books I have never been let down by a Clive Barker title of any sort and Nightbreed continues the hot streak. Granted the issue I picked up was  # 6  and it made no difference to me where the issue was in relation to the current arc because it provides just enough of what is going on along with a more than a hint at what is too come. Anytime a book explores the so called darker shadows and corners of our world the more apt I am to get into it.  Obviously this fantasy but it still doesn’t prevent itself from making a social statement on issues that currently plague society as a whole. If indeed there was a entire underworld of mythical creatures who lurk in the shadows and the dark recess of the human spirit it may make more sense out of this crazy world as a whole. 

   I am taking it upon myself to pick up the graphic novel for this series once its available. It ended up being ten times more entertaining that I had anticipated and I highly recommend it to others despite some character similarities to Hellboy it easily stands on its own as a series and has a great and eclectic cast of characters with a deep and intriguing back story to each of them.  Each is an outcast demon due to their extrasensory, supernatural, and other worldly attributes, appearances, and abilities. However they fit right in with the circus freaks without missing a beat. Yet their powers themselves struggle for relevance in the human world. So although they are demons at their simplest form they are merely humans just like the rest of us with their own set of challenges and prejudices. Obviously I suggest this as a pick up the next time you are in your comic shop looking for something new and exciting and you will see what I mean. The art is simple and direct to the point and the story flows with ease and leaves you wanting to know more about the characters and the hand that fate will play to them during this series run.  Kudos to Boom Studios for putting together such a great roster of titles and writers. They are really making a mark in the world of comics if you ask me and their juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down. I know I am keeping my eyes peeled from now on.   

Editor’s note: please have a look below for the 5 page preview of Nightbreed #6. Also, click on Hank’s name to visit his Facebook page.


 Hank Van Hawkins 

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My name is Hank Van Hawkins and I am a writer, poet, songwriter and singer and around the DFW and greater North Texas area I can be seen playing my songs in the band The Hazardous Dukes. To me there is not alot out there that ( I find more pleasure in) is any better than playing and making music with my friends, other than playing games, reading books and comics, and sharing opinions on such with one other! That's the reason I have so much fun taking part in our podcast Songwriters on Baseball. Because once we get started talking all sorts of things and interests come to light amid our conversations among our many friends within many a creative field we have as special guests. With baseball being merely the tip of the iceberg or simply the snowflake that gives rise to an avalanche of conversation and opinion. Uncovering the creative within everything. I am a collector at heart as well. Having been raised this way by my father who is a original board gamer and collector of many things, baseball cards, board games and antique toys included. So early on in life I was implored to do the same as my love of all things baseball, gaming and collectibles took shape with board games, comics, and baseball cards of my own. As I have aged my tastes in collectibles have grown exponentially. I graduated high school with a major in Radio. My senior year was spent doing the morning show at Mesquite school sponsored radio station KEOM 88.1 FM. So I have always had an affinity for talking and sharing my opinions as it is. It is my passion not only being creative all the time but constantly taking creative things in that are created by others whether it be art, literature, Film, Television, poetry and the culinary arts as well. In fact I appreciate the fact anything in this world can be undertaken with a creative aim and it helps to spread its influence when it is not only genuine butuniquely creative and considerate to the human condition. So it makes sense that I enjoy sharing my latest fascinations and interests with interested listeners. I read quite a bit and I feel like every book has a absolute truth to share with the reader. I feel the same ties bind me to my love of music. That connection is also very apparent in the world of comic books and always has been. There is a strong connection between the creative and the enlightened. It is my duty to not only share my passions but my opinions in hope they can both become better rounded with time. Not to mention the hopes that a positive impact will be made on our listener's as they too seek to expand their creative knowledge about popular culture and the creative arts well worn place within it. Not to mention I get my competitive juices flowing very easily when we start to talk about Baseball which is my favorite sport of all time. Now I get a platform with which to share my opinions on the integrity and future of the game without hesitation. Basically the podcast affords me a luxury of sharing my tastes and opinions with our guests as well as anyone else willing to listen. We have something for everyone .

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