Friday, July 26, 2013

Domovoi

 This was quite a pleasant surprise.

 Fans of Mike Mignola's HELLBOY will feel right at home in the pages of Peter Bergting's original Dark Horse graphic novel DOMOVOI. The subject matter and the execution are not really alike, but it has the same effortlessly engaging feel as a Mignola story, and the art is wonderfully evocative of Mignola blended with Jeff (BONE) Smith. Peter Bergting 's story revolves around Jenni, a young girl who comes from a family with a history of magic and the occult. Although Jenni has nothing to do with any of this, when her Grandmother dies, she is forced to take a a perilous journey that will leave her forever changed.

  Bergting's characters are full of life, and perfectly rendered and written. The story blends folklore, fantasy, and horror, and left me wishing that it were longer. Here's hoping we get a sequel or follow-up of some kind.
The book includes a foreword by John (B.P.R.D.) Arcudi, and a small sketch gallery by Bergting.

 Dark Horse provided a review copy.