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Here's Silent Hill Heaven's official review of Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward. I want to personally thank Vixx for letting me do the review and Tom Waltz for reaching out to SHH and offering us this advance sneak peek. I as well as many of the board members here at SHH really appreciated the time you took out come into our community and reach out the true fans of Silent Hill and share any information and artwork from this project. :D

Hope everyone enjoys reading the review!

-Amazonagent

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Review - Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward #1

IDW is one of the best comic book publishers out there today. Making a name for it self with the best selling title 30 Days of Night and it's subsequent sequels IDW has established it self as the go to place for quality horror themed comics. So it seemed a natural fit that IDW would team up with video game publisher Konami and transform their best selling video game franchise Silent Hill into comic book form in 2004. While the books did well with it's initial five issue series Silent Hill: Dying Inside, and it's subsequent sequels (Among The Damned, Paint It Black, and The Grinning Man) the books still felt something was missing. Whether it be the writing that suffered by trying to play around too much with an already established and complex mythology from the games or artwork that at times felt a little less than creative with creatures taken from the games and unceremoniously dropped into the story with no rhyme or reason; fans of the beloved series were left wanting something more. Although there were rumors that IDW was done with the Silent Hill series thankfully in 2007 they decided to give it one more go around and hired writer Tom Waltz and artist Steph Stamb to bring us Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward.

As a huge fan of Silent Hill I did rather enjoy some of the previous comics that were released but I like many of the Silent Hill I fans felt more could be done with this franchise in this medium. And when learning about Sinner's Reward I was a bit skeptical about this comic. Even after seeing some of the preview images of the artwork (which were fantastic) I still withheld judgment on the book. Well after reading this first issue I can emphatically say to my fellow Silent Hill fans, this is a comic worthy of having the name "Silent Hill" on it's cover!

Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward opens up with our protagonist a mob hitman, Jack "The Pup" Stanton, trying to convince himself to end his own life. Wow! Jack then back tracks from that moment and tell of how this all began with him and his girlfriend, Jillian Conway, who are on the run from his mobster boss/her very pissed off husband. After traveling for several hours they feel fortune turns to their favor when they pull over at a rest stop for a break. Unfortunately for them they stop next to Silent Hill. From there on, as the saying goes quite often in Silent Hill, all hell breaks loose! I won't go into too many details but circumstances cause Jack to be separated from Jill and he is forced to go into Silent Hill to find her (the nursery rhyme reference is highly intentional and even referenced to in the book in a demented way ;) ).

Tom Waltz has done an excellent job so far of crafting an engaging and compelling story that feels like a crime drama or a story from a film noir. The use of the main character's internal dialog is never cheesy and helps give you insight into the protagonists back story and mindset in nice brief chunks. There is great set up for you to feel some compassion for Jackie but yet you are still aware that he has done some bad things in his lifetime and they will come back to haunt him. The artwork by Stamb solidifies the 'noir' feel with non-cartoony, realistic looking characters and settings but uses a nice "grain filter" over the panels. Even in the daytime scenes there is a sense of shadow as if the sun is covered in with a black scarf. It's quite effective and even stronger in the "darker" panels. You never get the sense that there are birds chirping or furry creatures scurrying around in Silent Hill, maybe skinned creatures are present but never furry ones. It's also nice to see Stamb has taken recognizable visual elements from the games (a neon 'Kiss' sign once seen in a certain gentleman's club) and the movie (the ominous 'Welcome To Silent Hill' sign from the movie) and used them sparingly yet effectively through out the panels. It's definitely a nice use of fan service in the comic book. Sinner's Reward definitely has a Silent Hill 2 feel to it (a darling favorite in the series for many fans) which is a good thing since the focus is more on the characters and their struggle to survive through their own personal demons and the demons that roam Silent Hill rather than try to get involved with the complex mythology of Silent Hill. I feel this is the best choice for presenting a new chapter is the Silent Hill saga.

From what I've read so far this is in my opinion the best offering in the series of Silent Hill comics from IDW. There are still 4 more issues to come and I can only hope Tom and Steph can keep the momentum going with Sinner's Reward. I am dying to see what happens to Jack and Jill when they are in the town proper. I think fans who were disappointed with the previous Silent Hill comics will read this comic with a sense of relief that the writer and artist of this book crafted it with a real sense of care and commitment to do the Silent Hill name justice.

-Tanya Hernandez (Amazonagent)


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Thanks so much, Tanya! Your kind words are truly appreciated by both Steph and myself. We're very happy that Sinner's Reward is satisfying true SH fans so far and we'll work our butts off to keep it that way throughout the rest of the series (issue #1 hasn't even come back from the printer yet and I'm already excited as heck for folks to see #2!).

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Speaking of issues, Steph and I did receive a bit of bad news from the powers that be at IDW this week. Turns out, preorders from retailers for SILENT HILL: SINNER'S REWARD #1 fell way, way below what IDW was expecting so, as a result, Steph and I have been asked to scale the series back from five issues to four. What does this mean? Well, 22 pages less of what we had planned to do obviously, but we promise we'll find a way to still tell the tale we wanted to tell without making too many sacrifices.

That said, as a true SH fan myself (and not to mention the writer of this series), I'd really love to see the numbers for SINNER'S REWARD increase over the last three issues (and, even better, reorders for #1) to a point where IDW will consider doing more SH comics in the future. But, like every business, success is a matter of supply and demand, and in order to convince retailers to order SINNER'S REWARD in greater numbers, there has to be higher consumer demand, and in the comics biz, that means preorders.

I realize many of you will wait for the trade (I love trades, too), but independent comics like SINNER'S REWARD ultimately live and die by their monthly sales of single issues. The best advice I can give to others like me who want SINNER'S REWARD to succeed, and who want to see more fantastic SH comic book stories in the future, is to get in touch with your local comics shop and tell them you want them to order you copies of the series. If you don't know who or where your comic shop is, this is a very helpul link:

http://www.comicshoplocator.com/

Besides being a writer, I'm also an editor at IDW, and I know there are a lot of awesome creators lined up who want to tell and illustrate the kind of SH stories we all love. Sadly, that won't happen if the license is not seen to be profitable, and the only way that will happen is through preorders, preorders, preorders. :)

My hope is that we can buck the trend of diminishing orders and turn SILENT HILL: SINNER'S REWARD into the 30 DAYS OF NIGHT for 2008 -- a surprise horror hit from IDW that will lead to even bigger and better things down the road. But, to do that, we need your help.

Again, thank you, Silent Hill Heaven, and thank you SH fans for being so supportive of our efforts. We hope to do you proud!

My very best,

Tom Waltz
Writer: Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward
IDW Publishing

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Erm... could someone change the font color of Amazonagent's review? The bold orange makes my eyes buzz and have difficulty following the paragraphs line-by-line....

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Umm, just highlight the text :lol:


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You people complain about everything.

I'm pleasantly surprised to see the good review of this. I hated the first SH comic series, and was ambivalent to the second, and didn't even bother with any of the others. However, in light of Tanya's opinion, I may have to give this one a look.

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^well, not about everything... just the font color.

I was just saying how difficult it makes to enjoy reading Tanya's in-depth and concise review. Highlighting it does make it a little more comprehensible but I would have been content with plain white text.

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The title page is "awesome" and "sick" to a point that I would rob myself money to buy this.


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All --

Here's another great way to find your nearest comic book seller:

http://www.the-master-list.com/


Thanks so much for your continued interest!

Best,

Tom Waltz

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Phantom Allure wrote:
^well, not about everything... just the font color.

I was just saying how difficult it makes to enjoy reading Tanya's in-depth and concise review. Highlighting it does make it a little more comprehensible but I would have been content with plain white text.
changed, sorry I was trying to be fancy :mrgreen:


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I like fanciness. Never stop being fancy, Tanya. :)

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Yeah... fanciness is good and all... it just worked against you this time with such big blocks of compacted text :wink:

Appreciated much, the catering to my request :)

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