Comic Review: Nekromantik (2017)

The long awaited sequel to two of the most vile and disgusting films in cinematic history has finally come to us in comic book form.

This book is a collaboration between writer/director Jorg Buttgereit and artist Martin Trafford. It continues the story in 2011, with the tales of the son of Nekromantik. It is a very cool direction to take this set of notorious films; since, so much can be done in comic form in this modern era of gory horror comics. While I cannot get into the business side of things necessarily, it is also very likely that funding could be an issue when it comes to a third film in this series. Of course, with is current dedication to his Captain Berlin comic, Buttgereit is probably over the whole Nekromantik film thing anyway. While I speculate, have never talked to Buttgereit, and am not connected to the money side of anything, all I can do is say that I would follow the series in book or film form. This book was released as a piece of history commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Nekromantik 2. In this regard, it is a must have for the collector of film and comics. It may mark the end of the story. It could also be a valuable piece of the beginning of a new generation for the franchise. In this regard, I suddenly have a personal interest in helping these guys sell this book; because, I would love to see more issues.

These films have a dark history in my horror career. This comic has revitalized my interest in both films. The Sex, Murder, Art box set is one of my favorite collector’s pieces. This comic, is obviously an excellent addition to such a collection. I recommend it to fans of all of his films, whether they are VHS collectors or Blu-ray freaks. The comic itself may even appeal more to the old school collector because of the artistic style. It is all in black and white. The drawings have a sort of dark structure themselves. It is almost as if you can’t tell who is dead and who is alive. Is this a piece of social commentary? Probably. Believe it or not, there is even more than that. This book touches on modern day controversial issues; going beyond necrophilia, it dabbles in the areas concerning the transgendered and homosexual communities. There is also, of course, a brush with thematic content that connects Jorg’s love for Ed Gein’s story with that of films like Psycho and worldly themes involving mental illness.

The bottom line is that there is a lot going on in this little book. It pays homage to film and psychology, which the original films also managed to accomplish. It also has tons of references to the films themselves, my favorite being the reference outside of Nekromantik with the Der Todesking tee-shirt. While I like the Nekromantik films, I love Der Todesking. The book also contains magazine-like feature content involving articles and interviews that go deeper into the discussion of the film influences and references. Okay whatever. I talked more about this book than four of my last five movies. That means it’s good and you should just go buy it from Weissblech Comics right freakin’ now.

Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I'm here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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