I enjoyed the first issue of the Silent Hill Downpour mini-series and I’m sure the fans of the game did as well.
The second issue has just hit the stands; can it keep up the quality? Is it good?
Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story #2 (IDW Publishing)
Anne has finally caught up with Murphy Pendleton after a shocking ride through the mines. As she has him against the wall and is searching him, she discovers a very familiar badge that enrages her. Of course, that’s not the only thing that’s burning up inside of her, especially after everything she did in the past…
Like I said in the first review, if you have played Silent Hill: Downpour, you’ll be just fine reading this comic. If you haven’t, just ignore the mini-series until you’ve played the game. Assuming you’ve played it, the comic still remains a great supplement and addition to the game; it expands upon and adds backstory for Anne, finally putting some context and imagery to the things she had mentioned or hinted at through the game. Silent Hill: Downpour also bolster’s one understanding behind the emotion and pain Anne was suffering and why she is so determined to get Murphy without having to rely simply on her word.
The writing by Tom Waltz feels like a big step up from the last issue. The storytelling and pacing are far stronger and nothing feels rushed over. The dialogue and narration are still pretty solid, the horror elements are creepy and nasty as hell, and the ending has me more excited than ever. One of the neater additions to the story was the inclusion of a new monster/creature, one which feeds more off of Anne’s guilty past than Murphy’s. It’s a nice addition and gives the book something unique horror wise that you haven’t seen in the game.
The artwork by Tristan Jones continues to shine and really add to the experience. The layouts look much better than last time around and it’s easier to follow exactly what’s going on. The coloring nicely captures the mood and tone of the series, especially in the more nightmarish parts. Speaking of which, the horror visuals are freaky as hell — and definitely capture the spirit and feel of the game series in general. Great stuff overall.
Is It Good?
Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story #2 is a great follow up to the first issue, fixing a bunch of problems and delivering on a really creepy experience. For fans of Silent Hill: Downpour, this is a must buy and own for sure. Recommended, especially if you have played the game.