In Review: British Paranormal Society: Time Out of Mind #1

British Paranormal Society members Simon Bruttenholm and Honora Grant arrive at Noxton together, but with separate goals. Honora hopes to uncover information on the town's strange traditions

Synopsis: In this first issue of Time out of Mind British Paranormal Society members Simon Bruttenholm and Honora Grant arrive at Noxton together, but with separate goals. Honora hopes to uncover information on the town’s strange traditions, while Simon is searching for his missing assistant. But their separate investigations lead down the same twisted path that hides a dark secret behind Noxton’s innocent façade!

 

The Story

When Simon Bruttenholm and Honora Grant visit the small country town of Noxton. They are hoping to find answers to their questions. Simon is looking for his mate Lowel who was supposed to be visiting to check out some Standing Stones. While Honora had an interest in the town’s May Day Festival, which is supposed to be very different to other village festivals. However, as the two friends begin their investigations they find that the townsfolk are far from helpful. What could the townspeople be hiding?

 

The Artwork

Andrea Mutti manages to create a spooky atmosphere with her art. The introduction of Noxton Village as we see Simon and Honora get out of their car put me in mind of any number of spooky English Detective shows set in small villages. The period dress is pretty accurate for 1910 as is Simon Bruttenholm’s mustache and beard. However, it is much later on in the book that we get to see what Mutti can really do. The sequence where Honora is visiting the graveyard felt like it had come straight from an old 1960s Hammer Film. And that last page where Simon finds the standing stones is definitely going to stick in my mind for at least a day or so.

 

Overall

This first installment of Time out of Mind does a great job of setting the story up. The writing team of  Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson do a fantastic job of setting the story up. The dialogue exchanges between their two main characters put me in mind of an early 20th-century version of Mulder and Scully from The X-Files. And the way in which the villagers reacted to being questioned by the two lead characters put me in mind of the opening Pub scene from American Werewolf In London or the scared villagers in any number of classic 1930s Universal horror films. 

Overall. I can’t wait for the next issue. Bring it on.

9.5
British Paranormal Society: Time Out of Mind #1
  • Covers
    9.0
  • Story
    9.5
  • Artwork
    9.8
  • Lettering
    9.5
  • Colours
    9.8

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