Thanks to AWA Studios for the review copy!
Part two of the four part Hotell series again takes place at a creepy hotel where bad things happen. For those spelling gurus out there, the title gets its name from the direction sign to the hotel. The O and T are not lit up and there’s an extra L at the end, spelling … HELL.
Like the first, the second issue kicks off with the hotel manager talking to the reader, presumably as we check into the hotel. In tone and framing technique, this series reminds me of Tales from the Crypt. We soon shift to the focus of this story, Bobby and Muriel, who had a cameo appearance in issue 1. Like the first issue, their story starts down one path before taking a surprising swerve in another direction.
While this is a standalone story, it ties directly into the events of issue 1, telling that part of the story from a separate viewpoint. You don’t have to have read the first issue, but it is a neat approach if you have. This issue’s plot was not as original or surprising as the first, but it did have a satisfying conclusion.
As was the case in issue 1, there is enough blood, violence, and cursing to warrant the mature audiences warning on the cover. If that doesn’t scare you off and you like horror anthologies, Hotell is worth a look.
HOTELL #2 is now available.
Check back soon for my thoughts on HOTELL #3.
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