I’d be lying if I said I totally understood the plot of The Evil Within series.
In fact, I think most players find themselves thinking deeply about the complexities of the storyline. As such, written-out details accompanied by fantastic artwork may be the perfect solutions to allow lovers of The Evil Within to unpack some of the more complicated twists. The Evil Within: The Interlude from Titan Comics gives fans just that opportunity.
The Evil Within: The Interlude is set between the first and second games and follows protagonist Sebastian Castellanos as he struggles with the aftermath of the Beacon Mental Hospital incident and the supposed death of his daughter Lily. Sebastian is thrust into detective work so soon after Beacon that, throughout the pages of the comic, he continually struggles with discerning reality from his own imagination.
The Interlude’s illustrators, Szymon Kudranski and Damien Worm, do a fantastic job of juxtaposing Sebastian’s two worlds. In his detective life everything seems normal, albeit dark and gloomy as is to be expected from The Evil Within universe. On the complete opposite spectrum, Sebastian’s imagination world is like a particularly violent Tim Burton film. Everyone’s limbs are long, with strange and distorted features. Having these two totally different worlds represented as opposites, yet formed by the same mind, is brilliantly done and allows the reader to make clear distinctions between the two.
As for its plot, The Evil Within fans will definitely enjoy its similarities to the game as it follows closely the same tone. If you’re new to the franchise, on the other hand, you’d definitely be better off playing the games first before jumping into the comic.
The Evil Within: The Interlude is a great follow up to the first game. It allows players a deeper look into multiple characters’ minds, not just Sebastian’s, and you may find yourself getting answers to some of the questions raised by playing the games. Well, that’s before you find yourself asking new questions, of course.
Those that enjoy a survival horror with guttural violence and gore will find something to love within its pages to be sure as well as comic book lovers alike.