Behold, Behemoth #1 Review – The Nightmare is Real (Brombal, Robles, AndWorld Design) BOOM! Studios

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Thanks to BOOM! Studios for the review copy!

Surviving the experience of balancing new psychiatric medicine is difficult to say the least. Doing so while dealing with the death of your brother at a young age is a cruel twist of fate. And doing both while plagued by visions of the apocalypse, rapture, or whatever hellscape we see in these pages sounds like it would break better minds than mine.

Behold, Behemoth follows Greyson, a social worker trying to keep his life on track while his waking life and his nightmares bleed together in terrifying ways. The pivotal story points in issue #1 draw connections between a young girl named Wren and the ancient beast in Greyson’s dreams. Wren is found at the scene of a brutal murder just hours after Greyson’s first visit, and in a clearly powerful and outright supernatural reconnection between the two, Greyson’s visions come into even more vivid and horrifying clarity.

The bleeding of nightmare into the waking world is evident not only in the story but also the artwork as the panels draw less and less clear lines between them, and I found the grisly, hugely terrifying, and apocalyptic depictions to be extremely well executed. The writing is excellent as well, and I particularly enjoy Greyson’s lines when he’s on the job as a social worker – very believable.

I also need to mention that I deeply enjoy a good apocalypse that dances with the ideas of myth and/or religion, and the spewing of Revelations verses from the televangelist in one of the panels followed by visions of ‘The Fall’ in the final panels tickles my fancy in just the right way.

If a brutal end-times story wrapped up in a mental breakdown sounds just as fun to you as it does to me, I’d recommend giving Behold, Behemoth #1 a read.

Behold, Behemoth #1 is now available.


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