Lamentation has a twisted and unique story that is sure to draw readers in. The story is set in a theatrical production of Razide’s Lament, a three-act play that tells the story of a haunted castle and the horrors that unfold within its walls. The lead actress finds herself cast in the role of a lifetime, but as the play rehearses, strange things begin to happen. The script seems to be ever-changing, and a series of razor attacks on the cast make it apparent that Razide, the play’s villain, has come to life. As the story progresses, the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred, leaving readers wondering what is real and what is just part of the play.
The artwork in Lamentation is stunning, but the true star of the show is Cullen Bunn’s ability to tell a horror story. Bunn’s writing is top-notch, and he creates a sense of unease that permeates every page. Each character is expertly crafted, and their individual arcs are woven into the larger story seamlessly. The pacing of the story is well done, the reader is taken on a journey from the first page to the very last, and the ending will leave you speechless.
One of the best things about Lamentation is the format. The comic is split into three issues, each with 48 pages, which provides readers with more content than a typical comic book. And now, with the trade paperback, readers can collect all three issues in one book and enjoy the story in its entirety. While Oni Press doesn’t pump out comics as frequently as some other publishers, Lamentation is entirely worth the wait.
If you’re a fan of horror comics that are equal parts terrifying and beautiful, then be sure to check out Lamentation. With a unique story, gorgeous artwork, and a masterful writing style, this gothic horror tale is sure to leave readers breathless.
The collected edition of Lamentation hits local comic shops on November 8, 2023 from Oni Press.
This review is a Feature Review during the Capes and Tights Horror Week 2023.