Review: Nekromantik Comic #1

Set 20 years after the events of Nekromantik 2, Jörg Buttgereit and Martin Trafford have written what is described by Buttgereit in the opening notes, as “The long awaited sequel”, further explaining that financing of independently produced underground movies is “no longer possible”, hence we have a new Nekromantik in Buttgereit’s equally loved medium, a roughly 40 page comic book.

The story revolves around Eddie, a young gravedigger who lives with his mother. Eddie has a penchant for bringing things home from the workplace, and makes the reader aware that he prefers the company of dead to the living. He makes extra income by selling body parts he dug up through a website he created. Eddie is severely close with his mother, in a way that Norman Bates or Jason Voorhees is. She is extremely protective of Eddie and shares in his passion for the freshly (or perhaps not so fresh) dead bodies and body parts that he brings home for her “crafts”. Eddie also has a girlfriend, Roberta, who only wants to spend time with him and be with him, but the thought of leaving mother alone eats at Eddie. Realizing that he indeed wants to be with Roberta, Eddie heads to his workplace that night to pull off something that he knows could put him at great risk.

Buttgereit and Trafford’s story is a fantastic addition to the Nekromantik series. The story feels like it fits right in, and leaves the reader with some great twists and surprises. familiar faces from both Nekromantik 1 & 2 make appearances, and we are treated to some really great, climactic moments.

Trafford’s artwork is a great fit. Drawn and inked in stark black and white, it captures the feeling of the story brilliantly. Reminiscent of wood cuts, it’s extremely hard to even begin to draw comparisons to other artists, especially comic illustrators. Trafford displays range, while still maintaining the feeling of the storyline, from an image off Eddie being embraced by his mother, to a decapitation sequence, to an image depicting Eddie’s inner frustration driving him crazy, it’s all a sleazy, yet a gorgeous treat to look at.

Included within the pages of this book, other than a great comic are opening notes by Buttgereit, where he provides a bit of history of the project, and some real life inspiration behind the story. We also get a fairly in depth interview with Trafford by Director Phil Stevens, and a piece called “Did You Find Him?” By Graham Rae, documenting his time spent with Buttgereit in 2012, on a trip to the grave of Ed Gein in Plainfield, Wisconsin. Oh, and some more great art from Trafford.

Nekromantik is an excellent addition to any collection or to any fan of the films, it’s a must have. It is also a fabulous stand alone comic, even for people unfamiliar with the films, which to me, is what makes a comic like this great.

Available for purchase here: http://insomniacollectibles.storenvy.com/

Author: Dan DeTitta

Dan has been a full on film obsessive since he was a child. With a Father in the film industry and a fairly liberal Mother, Dan was first exposed to cinema on the big screen at age 5 , at a showing of Time Bandits. His Grandfather introduced him to the Universal Monster films at the same age, and the Exorcist at 7. Dan would grow to consume anything and everything at his local video store, then spend hours every week devouring the horror and cult. He attended the School of Visual Arts ,where he spent more time watching films then actually studying and ended up dropping out to pursue a career working in film.

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