Synopsis: This month in Time out of Mind. After Simon is accosted by a strange creature near the village of Noxton’s mysterious standing stones, he and Honora hatch a plan to pry some information out of the tight-lipped townsfolk.
Picking up from where the last issue left off. Simon barely escaped being attacked by a strange creature when he was investigating the standing stones. While Honora found herself being fobbed off by the townsfolk when asking questions about the local traditions and festivals. As the two paranormal experts reconnect Honora reveals that she suspects a cult is at play in the town. To that end, Simon and Honora decide to team up and Simon acts as a distraction while Honora has a nosey at the church.
Now armed with evidence of a cult. The two have another look at the mysterious standing stones and try to figure out how they fit into the bigger picture. But what happened to Simon’s assistant Lowell Girard?
Once again Andrea Mutti works wonders with her art skills and manages to generate a Hammer Film style atmosphere on the pages. Her use of shadow and light really helps draw you into the spookier aspects of the story. I particularly enjoyed the panels where Honora was searching the Church while Simon was chatting with the Priest. The way in which the robes and the ceremonial knife were framed really helped spur the story forward. Although it is a real shame that we couldn’t have had a Hitchcockian close-up of the knife’s blade.
Also enjoyable were the panels where Honora and Simon were examining the standing stones and piecing together how the cult might use the site. The image of the larger standing stone with the murky lighting around it was particularly intriguing.
A fantastic second issue that ends with a fun twist that will keep readers thinking until next month.