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Product Details

  • Series: Ragemoor
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; First Edition edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595829644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595829641
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
How much weirdness can you handle? That is the question to ask yourself before you dive into "Ragemoor." Cockroach cooks, skull-faced baboons, Giant bug cults in the basement, and a man blowing up like a balloon then popping and spewing maggots all over. That's how "Ragemoor" rolls.

I knew nothing about "Ragemoor" before opening its covers other than that it was Richard Corben doing Gothic horror. That right there was enough get my interest. Corben has been active recently drawing Mike Mignola's Hellboy stories and some recent work in "Dark Horse Presents," but it has been awhile since I have seen him working on an original series. Jan Strnad is an old writing partner of Corben's, and seeing those two names together was more than enough to seal the deal.

"Ragemoor" is the story of a castle. A dark and twisted castle, Ragemoor has grown organically from stone, blood, and evil over the millennia. Its first stones were laid over 3,000 years before the birth of Christ, and human sacrifice and dark rituals fed the stones until they grew large and formed structure. Even now Ragemoor is not silent, but reshapes its corridors and rooms every night to suit its own fancy.

Trapped in Ragemoor is a family. How they came to live there, or what their attachment is to Ragemoor we get only hints at. Some of the members are allowed to leave, to seek their fortune elsewhere, while some are slowly driven mad inside its walls. The last remaining inhabitants are Cousin Herbert and his uncle Machlan. While Herbert is resigned to his fate, Machlan has been driven mad and now roams the castle naked, climbing up the walls like an ape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I picked up Ragemoor purely for Richard Corben – a horror comic drawn by the legend himself? I’m in! And on the art front, I wasn’t too disappointed, but found the unpronounceable Jan Strnad’s script somewhat lacking. That said this might be a case of the writer accommodating the artists’ wishes, like Corben gave Strnad a list of things he wanted to draw and Strnad tried to make a story out of it.

The book is an interesting mix of two horror staples, Poe and Lovecraft. Ragemoor is a huge gothic castle perched on the edge of a cliff, inhabited by a young aristocrat and his faithful butler, who is visited by a relative and his wife who’re looking to scam them out of their castle. Except the castle is ALIVE – it’s literally this massive stone Transformer that goes from being a monster to a structure and back, over and over! Built atop the blood and bones of a death cult, the grounds are defended by skull-faced baboons from innumerable moloid-like creatures and the castle’s staff consist of a small team of Kafka-esque giant bugs! And the young aristocrat can never leave…

I liked the old school horror aspect of the comic. The gloomy haunted castle and its history is corny as hell but when presented alongside Corben’s art, I can forgive a lot. Strangely, Corben’s black and white art does seem to deteriorate in quality as the book continues. I’m not sure if it’s because he ran out of time and rushed it, or it’s intentional like the art becomes less detailed and focused because the characters are getting crazier and its reflecting their loosening grip on reality.

And while seeing Corben illustrate this book’s horrors is certainly delightful, after a while I wished there was more of a story here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you're in the right mood Lovecraft is creepy and really does take you to the mountains of madness. If you're in the wrong mood he can be overwrought and sort of silly. Poe is great late at night with a glass of port and a cold rain falling on the lead glass windows. Not so much on a sunny park bench with a bottle of Snapple.

Well, this book is part of that same genre. It is dark - literally. Which makes it a little hard to get into and to follow at the outset. It is creepy/gothic, with lots of handwringing and breast beating and emotionally exhausted characters. Everything is shadowy, with creaking and groaning and sighing, and with enough signs and portents and foreshadowing and warnings to make Macbeth's eerie witches blush.

But guess what? If you persevere and if you wait until you are in the right mood, this is a very satisfying shocker. Creepy castle, doomed heir, crazy old man, loyal but odd butler, female love interest, madness galore and unending chaos - all combine and actually work. Naturally, the story-line is otherworldly and over-the-top; individual plot developments are nutty; character development consists of everyone going crazy; there's always rain and wind and lightning - but that's O.K. because that's what you want.

It's certainly true that the writing and the illustration go hand-in-hand here. The story is dark, the lines are dark, and the unraveling of the characters is nicely drawn. Think of Lovecraft or Poe and think about how hard it would be to draw what they wrote and you begin to appreciate the accomplishment here.

So, while probably not for every taste this is a satisfying and intriguing effort, and would seem to justify a close look.

Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review.
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