CLEAN ROOM #13 [Review]

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CLEAN ROOM #13/ Written by GAIL SIMONE/ Art by WALTER GEOVANI/ Colors by QUINTON WINTER/ Letters by TODD KLEIN/ Published by VERTIGO COMICS

Journalist Chloe Pierce had a perfect life once. Then her fiancee fell under the influence of self-help expert Astrid Mueller. Some considered her a guru. Others considered her a cult leader. Whatever Astrid Mueller was, Chloe became determined to bring down Mueller’s considerable empire and learn the truth of Mueller’s so-called “Clean Room” after Chloe came home one day to find that her fiancee had killed himself.

Would that things were that simple!

Unbeknownst to the world at large, Astrid Mueller’s Honest World Foundation fights a secret war on behalf of humanity. A childhood trauma exposed Astrid to the existence of strange creatures she dubbed Entities. A lifetime of research gave Astrid the resources she needed to start capturing and destroying them.

None of this mattered to Chloe Pierce, even after she too learned about The Entities and proved capable of seeing them despite their disguises. Twice now Astrid has tried to recruit Chloe into her organization, despite Chloe’s desire to return to a normal life with her new beau, Detective Avil, and her friendly neighbors, The Haverlin Brothers.

Yet Astrid Mueller is not one to give up and she may be ready to reveal all her secrets to Chloe in the name of winning her war…

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When it was announced that Clean Room‘s original artist and co-creator Jon Davis-Hunt would be leaving after the Issue #12, fans were worried. Who could possibly equal Davis-Hunt’s unique style that had as large a role in shaping Clean Room‘s unique aesthetic as Gail Simone’s disturbing scripts?

Thankfully, the book’s new artist turned out to be Walter Geovani, who previously worked with Simone on her now legendary Red Sonja run. Geovani’s style is distinctly different from Davis-Hunt’s, though it does feature the same thin inks and light shading that, coupled with the colors of Quinton Winter, give Clean Room’s art a clarity that marks it as something unique to the genre.

If you have yet to give Clean Room a shot, this issue marks a wonderful opportunity for you to correct that mistake. While reading the whole series from the first issue would be preferable, one can enjoy this issue without having read any of what came before. This is easily the best horror comic in years!

Rating 5

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