I have conflicting feelings about this book, but I did enjoy it overall.
*Tagged as spoiler, because this book could be triggering. There are lots of blood, gore, pictures of what looks like self harm, and murder...also baby killing.
There were a few stories that I personally felt did not make sense, and also I could not see what was Gothic about them. Maybe I don't fully understand the word "Gothic" but that was my feeling while reading this. I did like it that the "bad guy" was usually the girl, and she wasn't a damsel in distress or something.
Highly disturbing stories, but I went in expecting that. However, there was one story that was a little too much for me personally and it involved taking a baby from a mother's womb and killing it....
I enjoyed the varied artwork and color schemes used in this.
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A little slow to get anywhere, but overall, I really enjoyed the story.
The main character was highly relatable. Going in, I did not know much about the story, but her depression is something I can understand. She was so harsh to some of the other characters. That was in part to her depression, but I honestly felt it was overdone a little. I felt sorry for the person she was really harsh toward. I understand depression can make you do things you don't mean, but this is just how I felt when I read those parts.
I enjoyed her growing friendship with her coworkers at the museum.
The story was super slow. I liked that for the most part, but I really did not like all the time skips. I felt like there were huge chunks of the story I wasn't being told.
The artwork took some getting used to.
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I think I enjoyed 'Beast'--the second story in this collection--during this re-read, more than I did when I was in my teens; it didn't seem like I was pulled away from characters I was accustomed to, nor did I miss the large-scale pyrotechnics of the first saga. this time, just a cold-blooded killer trapped in a house full of people who have been trapped there for a year and accepted it (everything you could ever want, provided for you, just don't try and leave...), held captive by a slimy, tentacled alien running an experiment. good fun, nasty and gross deaths, and some of Gene Colan's best art for the series. one more creepy tale to revisit, and then, sadly, I bid my Night Force adieu.