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Ragemoor Hardcover – November 20, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The artwork serves effectively in telling the story and sustaining a mood. Beyond that, it's not much to look at. The digital production is solid, though. Corben uses two to three different tones ("grey holds") for his caricature-heavy line art; it works, but not much better than standard black. To this, he adds flat tonal areas, gradients, and occasional bits of airbrush-style modeling. Keep in mind, modeling is normally drawn by hand, directly on an artboard, using pencil, for a realistic effect. The "airbrush" method is a quick-and-dirty shortcut that doesn't much resemble the real thing. It's sort of an "enhanced" line art style. Back in the day, this technique would have been copped using airbrush on an acetate overlay, à la "Rip In Time"; now it's added digitally.
I see a lot of parallels to Corben's Rat God series, which followed. For instance, the lead characters are virtual doppelgängers. I enjoyed the artwork in that series a bit more—not because it was in color, but because he occasionally aspired to greater heights in his rendering, particularly on the covers (and in the series’ third issue). However, I think this book compares well. If you enjoyed Rat God, you'd be silly to miss this one.
The book concludes with a brief sketchbook (3 pages) of thumbnail doodles, which reveal a uniquely loose, cartoonish approach to character and setting development.
BTW, I think a more stylish presentation would help this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the story is good but Strnad should have to go further in this idea of a "living house". Corden was a bit "slack" on the drawings. Read morePublished 15 months ago by martin dupras
Is RAGEMOOR a coming-of-age story concealed in horror? It's an odd question to ask of a story whose aspirations appear self-evident: too unnerve and scare the reader. Read morePublished 18 months ago by D. Lotempio
I love the story line. Definitely has a tales from the dark side feel to it. Richard Corben is an awesome artist as well.Published 22 months ago by Jack Wood
Richard Corben is an amazing comic artist better appreciated and well known outside the USA by far. May be because he is not much into the superhero industry. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Cisco
I've been a fan of Corben's work since his days in HeavyMetal magazine. He hasn't lost a step in this horror comic mini series that was one of the best reads of 2012. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by King Ed Ra
Reason for Reading: I love horror stories and appreciate Corben's artwork. I also liked that this was a complete mini-series all-in-one. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Nicola Mansfield
For all those who really love comics this is a must to have. Richard Corben has mastering the art of tellying stories with ink and paper, and we can tell he really loves the... Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Rodrigo Silva Caroca
My first reaction on opening RAGEMOOR was -- "Oh. Not color art." But the first few pages of Corben's subtly shaded, atmospheric black-white-and-gray-toned work got me over that... Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Orange Newt