those of you that haven't read the first two issues, here's a little
back story: Set during the depression, we meet Martin, an orphan who
has grown up fearing the mythical midnight train. The train has
claimed the lives of many sinners, including his father. One night,
after a particularly bad run of luck, Martin goes out looking for
the train. When it stopped for him he makes a deal with the
conductor that he will willingly board the train for the ability to
freeze time at a particular moment in his life.
The comic is
based on a story by legendary writer Robert Bloch. I have heard of
him but I'm sad to say I'm not familiar with his work. Now, I am
familiar with Joe Lansdale, whose writing has always been
inspirational! He's one of the best in the business at writing dark
stories! If I want a happy story, I go to Disney. If I want
realistic, I go to Joe Lansdale!
As for the art
by Dave Wachter, I really liked it! To me, what stands out is his
shading technique. His use of dark and light is perfect for the tone
of the book. If you want to see what I'm talking about, check out
some of the darker times in Martin's life after he lost his job. I
was very impressed with how his shading conveyed that Martin had
sunk as low as he could go. If you go back through the issue and
take out all the words, you can still follow the story based solely
on the art, and that's greatness!
All in all, I
really liked THAT HELLBOUND TRAIN. There's a lot of symbolism, and
it's nice to see a dark story where love conquers all and our
protagonist comes out on top. The only complaint that I have is that
the story moves really fast. It seems like we go from his
adolescence to adulthood in just a matter of pages. I understand
it's an adaptation but it felt a little rushed. Otherwise is was
great and I do recommend it to everyone!