Comic Rewind: Hellbreak Vol. 1

 

A group of soldiers are being hired to do what many thought impossible.  Families are hiring them to enter hell and pull out their loved one in Hellbreak Vol. 1.

The organization in charge of doing this is called the Kerberos Initiative.  A priest goes around performing exorcisms. However, if they don’t take then he lets his bosses know at the Kerberos Initiative.  They call in the Orpheus team and they enter hell to find the individual.

The entire operation is incredibly dangerous because each hell is different.  It appears to depend on the demon possessing the person. However, the team takes these operations very seriously and begin mapping the region and the demonic creatures immediately.  Hell is unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make the mission as safe as possible. All the danger may not even be worth it with only a 50 percent success rate.

However, on this mission they find something unexpected.  They find resistance fighters, but not resisting hell or the devil but their employer.  What is the true purpose of the Kerberos Initiative and what do they have to gain from rescuing people from hell?

Hellbreak Vol. 1 was written by Cullen Bunn with art by Brian Churilla and Dave Stewart. Oni Press published the volume in 2015.

I have been reading a lot of Cullen Bunn recently and it is purely by accident.  His comics always sound really cool and interesting. However, the problem lies in the fact that his stuff isn’t very good.

Bunn’s work always has a really good premise and it never delivers on the promise.  The work tends to spins its wheels and not go anywhere interesting. I tend to find them pretty boring and unfortunately these are all true for Hellbreak as well.

A comic about going into hell to rescue someone sounds great and it would be hard to mess up, but Bunn did.  I feel like they should have spent more time in hell teaching the reader about it. However, when I think about it they did spend a lot of time in hell.  The problem is it was so boring and uneventful I forgot where they were.

Another problem was the characters were completely unexplored.  I read an entire volume and I know nothing other than one is a chauvinistic guy who is always hitting on the second-in-command.  It is impossible to care about the story, characters or the mission in the volume.

The real problem is on me for continuing to read Bunn’s work.  It is just not for me and I hope eventually I stumble on some stuff I like from him.  However, for now I really need to stay away and read stuff from other authors.

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