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"A Legacy of Violence #1" Comic Review

Written by Joel Harley

Published by Mad Cave Studios


Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Andrea Mutti
Lettered by Russ Wootton
2022, 31 pages
Comic released on October 12th, 2022


From his Harrow County to his more genre-tinged work with Marvel (most notably Deadpool and Venom killing each other and the Marvel Universe), writer Cullen Bunn is no stranger to horror. Now the writer returns with A Legacy of Violence – ostensibly his take on the Italian Giallo, or slasher film. Appropriately, he comes accompanied by artist Andrea Mutti, the pen-and-ink man behind Maniac of New York, Bunny Mask and Nottingham. No stranger to knife-wielding maniacs wearing masks, Mutti is ideally suited to giving Bunn his Giallo monster – a knife-wielding maniac in a mask.

This 12-issue maxi-series follows Doctor Nick Shaw; an honest man, conscientious in his career and with his patients. But when Shaw is attacked by a particularly troubled patient, the doctor begins to question his own past. Traumatised by his experience, he is tortured with sudden visions of buried trauma. This sends him fleeing to the small town of Distante (geddit), Honduras, where he joins Doctors Without Borders... and encounters even more shocking splatter and gore.

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At the same time, a mask-wearing figure weilding surgical tools conducts his violence upon restrained and unwilling patients, monologuing the whole time. How are Doctor Shaw and this mystery bigmouth connected? With eleven issues to go, the answers won't necessarily be here quickly, but they will come slathered with gore and atmosphere.

From the lurid bright red splatter to the surgical equipment and gloved torture, A Legacy of Violence absolutely nails its cinematic '70s slash '80s Giallo vibes. In Shaw, Bunn presents a tormented everyman – and one who can't keep out of the path of madmen and lashings of blood. The art by Mutti is vivid and disturbing, with segues into atmospheric black-and-white for the book's flashback sequences. 

No slow burn, this, Bunn throws Shaw – and his readers – into the thick of it almost immediately, wasting little time in getting down to the brutality and trauma. A must-read for fans of writers and artists alike, and a nightmarish meeting of minds.


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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

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About The Author
Joel Harley
Staff Reviewer - UK
Haribo fiend, Nicolas Cage scholar and frequently functioning alcoholic. These are just some of the words which can be used to describe Joel Harley. The rest, he uses to write film criticism for Horror DNA and a variety of websites and magazines. Sometimes he manages to do so without swearing.
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