Bone Parish Vol. 1
A necromantic horror series about an upstart crime family trafficking in a new designer drug that’s just hit the market made from the ashes of the dead.A new drug is sweeping through the streets of New Orleans—one made from the ashes of the dead. Wars are being fought over who will control the supply, and the demand is rising. While the various criminal factions collide, users begin to experience terrifying visions of the dead coming back to life...through them. Eisner Award-nominated author Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Empty Man) and illustrator Jonas Scharf team up for Bone Parish, a haunting blend of horror and crime that takes an unflinching look at how we connect to—and disconnect from—the world around us.

Bone Parish Vol. 1 Details

TitleBone Parish Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 7th, 2019
PublisherBOOM! Studios
ISBN-139781684153541
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Horror, Comics

Bone Parish Vol. 1 Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Cullen Bunn’s cornered the market on shitty horror-themed comics – you wanna read something mega-dull with the superficial genre trappings of horror? He’s your dude! He’s like a one-man Hammer Horror of comics except his stuff isn’t even entertaining on a campy level. Bone Parish is his latest crud-bucket of images and words. Set in N’Orleans, some family has magically puzzled out how to make an addictive street drug from corpses that makes you hallucinate said corpses’ life experiences: if they Cullen Bunn’s cornered the market on shitty horror-themed comics – you wanna read something mega-dull with the superficial genre trappings of horror? He’s your dude! He’s like a one-man Hammer Horror of comics except his stuff isn’t even entertaining on a campy level. Bone Parish is his latest crud-bucket of images and words. Set in N’Orleans, some family has magically puzzled out how to make an addictive street drug from corpses that makes you hallucinate said corpses’ life experiences: if they was a rock star, you get to experience being a rock star, if they was a porn star, etc. Some other crime family is muscling in on their hustle and bang bangs happen. Sound meet Fury and signify one big Nuthin! It’s not even worth pointing out how such a drug could possibly work (how do you select the experience you’re after?), not least because this is a fantasy, but because the book has much bigger flaws. The premise might’ve been interesting in the hands of a more capable writer but Bunn fluffs it up. There’s barely any horror or crime – the piss-poor story is basically a shitty family melodrama peopled by instantly forgettable, unlikeable non-entities. I cared about these nobodies so little that when some started getting bumped off I barely noticed let alone felt anything! The art – whatever. Boring Parish is the comics version of some bland, sub-Netflix TV show you’ll never watch and couldn’t imagine the audience for - in other words, Cullen Bunn does it again! He has written some quality horror comics in the past though and I recommend Death Follows or his Night of the Living Deadpool series for Marvel instead of this drek.
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    A family in New Orleans has learned how to make a psychedelic drug from the ashes of corpses, allowing the user to feel as though they are living that dead person's memories for a time, or revisiting a scene with them. I would say to go into this graphic novel knowing as little as possible, because it's a really cool plotline that takes well to readers going in blind. The artwork isn't my favorite, but it's got a nice, grungy feel to it that fits the mood well enough. My only issue with the gra A family in New Orleans has learned how to make a psychedelic drug from the ashes of corpses, allowing the user to feel as though they are living that dead person's memories for a time, or revisiting a scene with them. I would say to go into this graphic novel knowing as little as possible, because it's a really cool plotline that takes well to readers going in blind. The artwork isn't my favorite, but it's got a nice, grungy feel to it that fits the mood well enough. My only issue with the graphic novel is the same issue I've had with other works from Cullen Bunn: I found the storyline and pacing to be very jumpy and hard to follow at points. That said, I'd still definitely recommend checking the story out if you're intrigued by the synopsis and don't mind a bit of gore and murder.Thank you so much to BOOM! Studios for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Cullen Bunn's created another winner. The Winter family is quickly making a name for itself in New Orlean's underworld with a drug called ash that allows you to relive the memories of the corpse it was created from. This draws the attention of both New York and Mexican drug cartels. It's your typical crime noir with a supernatural slant.Received a review copy from Boom! and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    So I really liked this! The story here is interesting -- we follow a family who are producing and selling a hot new drug that is made from the remains of the dead. The art throughout was clean and easy to follow, and the story left me wanting more. I'll definitely be looking for the next volume of this one!4 stars for Bone Parish Vol. 1Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with a DRC of this book.
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  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    This is one intense and gory graphic novel. And yet it's also brilliant at the same time. The concept is that a family has created a new drug, one made from the ashes of the dead. Snorting it allows you to see the dead the ash is made from. So you could talk to, play with, party with, have sex with a dead person. Maybe it's a stranger, your friend or even a lover. Think of the possibilities! But of course with any drug there are extreme adverse reactions that can happen. And once it's successful This is one intense and gory graphic novel. And yet it's also brilliant at the same time. The concept is that a family has created a new drug, one made from the ashes of the dead. Snorting it allows you to see the dead the ash is made from. So you could talk to, play with, party with, have sex with a dead person. Maybe it's a stranger, your friend or even a lover. Think of the possibilities! But of course with any drug there are extreme adverse reactions that can happen. And once it's successful everyone wants a slice of this new drug. I really enjoyed the story here. There are a lot of things happening all at once; but as they are all related to the drug and mostly happening to the family members of the makers/creators of said Ash. This first volume gives just enough to get to know some of the characters, set-up the plot, and add some real moments of intrigue. Each of our people uses the drug in a slightly different way and each comes with it's own interesting side effects. I would definitely keep reading this one if I saw it for cheap or at my library. It's not really to my personal style for graphic novels; but the art is decent, the gore isn't too much and the story is brilliant. I could see teenagers really loving this story; and it has the side effect of showing how dangerous drugs are in general. Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
    January 1, 1970
    Personal rating: 3.75This graphic novel truly starts off with an unsettling scene as a man is under the influence of this infamous drug in the middle of a public street. Now this drug is not your typical substance. It is made my grinding human bones into dust and when introduced into the body, the users mind is basically of that person. Digest a rock star's bone dust, you then imagine yourself as that rock star. You see it, hear it, feel it, and live it momentarily. This has obviously become VER Personal rating: 3.75This graphic novel truly starts off with an unsettling scene as a man is under the influence of this infamous drug in the middle of a public street. Now this drug is not your typical substance. It is made my grinding human bones into dust and when introduced into the body, the users mind is basically of that person. Digest a rock star's bone dust, you then imagine yourself as that rock star. You see it, hear it, feel it, and live it momentarily. This has obviously become VERY profitable for the moblike family that has created this illegal business venture but this criminal underworld always leads to more enemies and violence. Hence where our plot comes in.I do wish the story had more bite. It was just your typical linear plotline of tragedy and then revenge between opposing groups so in a way, it became predictable toward the end. I wish the drug elements were used more creatively to add something fresh to the mob family tropes but the plot twists we do get are done with flareThe artwork truly sets the mood. It's dark, gloomy and has this noir feeling to it. The blues and greys give you this feeling like you're trying to conceal something the entire time. Like you're reading something you're not supposed to be reading.I actually can't wait to continue with this series. I'm excited to see where the author takes this almost "magical" drug to next.
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  • Malum
    January 1, 1970
    Scarface meets necromancy. A pretty good-if a bit slow-start to this series. My main gripe is that the rules of the drug aren't really explained. Sometimes it lets you talk to a dead person. Sometimes it gives you the skills of a dead person. Sometimes it lets you see a dead person's memories. Sometimes it just makes you feel really good. At this point, it seems like the main use of the drug is to do whatever the plot needs at the moment.
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  • Lukasz
    January 1, 1970
    I‘m impressed. As a long-time graphic-novels’ fan I look for fresh and exciting reads in the genre, but I rarely find something worthwhile. Cullen Bunn’s Bone Parish engaged me from the start and never let go. The story blends surreal horror, narcotic visions, stunning art and solid writing. Ash, a hallucinogenic made from the remains of the dead, allows to experience not only visions but also gain powers of the deceased used to prepare a batch (like combat skills, knowledge, insights). Winters I‘m impressed. As a long-time graphic-novels’ fan I look for fresh and exciting reads in the genre, but I rarely find something worthwhile. Cullen Bunn’s Bone Parish engaged me from the start and never let go. The story blends surreal horror, narcotic visions, stunning art and solid writing. Ash, a hallucinogenic made from the remains of the dead, allows to experience not only visions but also gain powers of the deceased used to prepare a batch (like combat skills, knowledge, insights). Winters family produces and distributes Ash on the street. Their business develops and bigger players want it for themselves. Winters don’t want to sell their business, but they struggle to manage it properly. Family’s head, Grace, abuses Ash as it allows her to spent time with visions of her deceased husband. Her son Brae shares trade secrets with wrong people. Maintaining control of the operation has a high cost.Ash allows to experience life events of the dead, show thoughts of the living, and gain skills of the deceased. It transcends life and death, but it seems Winters still don’t understand the potential of what they’re selling. Bone Parish is a brilliant supernatural crime thriller that displays a lot of spooky creativity. It combines a gritty crime drama (conflict between police and drug dealers) and gothic horror. Jonas Scharf‘s art captures gothic aesthetics and formidably blends it with modern urban setting. Every single page is a work of art.If you’re into horror graphic novels, read this one and thank me later. ARC through NetGalley
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    3,5/5. Good one. The illustrations are very classic and not really original, but a good dark story of drugs and supernatural stuff. Nothing extraordinary or mind blowing but a decent, fun, entertaining comic!
  • Anya
    January 1, 1970
    The concept of the Bone Parish is amazing. I am completely hooked! It's dark and creepy and I really want to get my hands on the second volume.Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a copy.
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2019/01/1...Cullen Bunn has created a new dark and dangerous graphic novel series, and this necromantic horror story grabbed me on the first page and never let go.A quick synopsis: “A new drug is sweeping through the streets of New Orleans—one made from the ashes of the dead. Wars are being fought over who will control the supply, while the demand only rises.”The Winters family of New Orleans has discovered how to manufacture This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2019/01/1...Cullen Bunn has created a new dark and dangerous graphic novel series, and this necromantic horror story grabbed me on the first page and never let go.A quick synopsis: “A new drug is sweeping through the streets of New Orleans—one made from the ashes of the dead. Wars are being fought over who will control the supply, while the demand only rises.”The Winters family of New Orleans has discovered how to manufacture the ashes of the dead into a powerful hallucinogenic drug that lets the person snorting the drug to experience everything the dead person lived through when they were alive. In charge of this operation are Grace and Andre, with their four adult children. The oldest, Brae, is chomping at the bit ready to take over the enterprise and questioning his mother. Brigitte is the scientist who is the only one who knows how to turn the dead into ash properly and won’t reveal to others how to do so as to keep her position in the family safe. Leon and Wade end up doing much of the grunt work for the family, with both of them questioning the morality of it all.As the popularity of the drug grows in the Big Easy, other drug cartels realize the scope of the operation and want in on the action. Several contact Grace with offers of buy-outs but she refuses. Not surprisingly they don’t take it well, and put a target on the family’s back. Some dirty cops are also involved, with Brae trying to control that aspect, but double crosses are part of the game.There are a few twists and turns in the narrative, with a surprising revelation that will make you back track to look for clues. The story has potential for a thought provoking moral debate about drug culture and the sanctity of life and for the body after death. My excitement for this new series rivals what I felt for Briggs Land, another layered crime saga with an intriguing family led by a strong woman.The art by Jonas Scharf was perfect for the story, and was reminiscent for me of Gabriel Rodriguez who illustrates the Locke and Key series, which is high praise indeed from me. He establishes the Winters family in a distinct manner, showing a welcome diversity within the family, in addition to when he draws other characters and realistic crowd scenes. The colorist Alex Guimarães really sets the tone with the coloring with an earthen palette for the everyday life, and vibrant pinks and purples to signify the hallucinogenic effect.As much as I loved the story, I have a few criticisms. The big one: how is the drug controlled by the user? How do they tap into the specific memory of the deceased, as they would have a lifetime of memories to choose from? How do memories from the past physically manifest in those who are taking the drug? Will this be explained, or do we just have to have suspension of disbelief and go with the flow? Also, while I love that Grace is portrayed as a powerful and still sexy matriarch of the family, she looks too young to be a mother to her children, especially Brae. I, myself, am a mother to three teens and I still want to be thought of as a hottie, but Grace should be realistically aged just a tiny bit more.I believe this new series has a lot of potential for growth and I absolutely will be reading future volumes, as I wish to find out what consequences are in store for the Winters family and those who choose to take the drug. Thank you to NetGalley for approving me to read this novel early, as I believe this series could really take off after it’s release in March. (Actual review is 4.5/5, but I rounded up)
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for my open and honest review. I loved this story. Mafia meets magic. The story begins with a man in the street under the influence of a necromantic drug that allows you to see or live the life of the dead body the drug is made out of. The drugs are created with different purposes, so the family needs different bodies with a different background to make them. The story is dark and gloomy, albeit a typ Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this story in exchange for my open and honest review. I loved this story. Mafia meets magic. The story begins with a man in the street under the influence of a necromantic drug that allows you to see or live the life of the dead body the drug is made out of. The drugs are created with different purposes, so the family needs different bodies with a different background to make them. The story is dark and gloomy, albeit a typical story arc. Family with a heart of gold has a tragedy, strikes revenge, sniffs the charred remains of their enemies as they are driven before them, and tacos. Just kidding, no tacos. This is a winner of a book, good story, great art, interesting and inventive take on mafia families. Check it out.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not going to lie, I picked this up because there was a lot of contention about this graphic novel going around Twitter. Any time that a story has such a polarizing effect on its readers, I need to read it. Plus, I can't deny that the premise of this dark little story intrigued me. It's hard not to be taken in by the idea of a highly potent drug made from the remains of the dead, especially if that designer drug starts to become a currency on its own. I just knew this was going to be a graphi I'm not going to lie, I picked this up because there was a lot of contention about this graphic novel going around Twitter. Any time that a story has such a polarizing effect on its readers, I need to read it. Plus, I can't deny that the premise of this dark little story intrigued me. It's hard not to be taken in by the idea of a highly potent drug made from the remains of the dead, especially if that designer drug starts to become a currency on its own. I just knew this was going to be a graphic novel I would enjoy, and I was right.First off, kudos where kudos are due, the artwork in this is absolutely stunning. Dark, gritty, and full of atmosphere, it perfectly matches with the story that unfolds on these pages. As the Winter family fell deeper into the pit that this drug trade was digging for them, I felt like the art kept pace perfectly. Fair warning friends, there are some fairly graphic panels in this book. If you're not a fan of death and dismemberment, you might want to take a pass.In terms of story, I thought Cullen Bunn did an admirable job of introducing us to this new designer drug and its creators. The storyline was a little jumbled at points, but I still felt like I had a pretty firm hold on the picture at large. I'm kind of an addict for stories like these, where the best laid plans go awry and unforseen consequences abound. Seeing what people do when they're down on the mat is fascinating, and Cullen Bunn definitely doesn't skimp in that department. People are hurt in this book, and some of them even deserve it.Long story short, I liked this! I'm ready for more.
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  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    January 1, 1970
    A family strives in the underground business with the sales of a new drug that allows a person to live the memories of the dead.Cullen Bunn delivers an atmospheric story that introduces the key actors interested in this drug and the underlying effects of its consumption through a rough and dark artwork. It still, however, struggles to make its characters relevant and relatable as it focuses on setting up the world.By blending supernatural elements with horror, Bone Parish (Vol. 1) promises a hau A family strives in the underground business with the sales of a new drug that allows a person to live the memories of the dead.Cullen Bunn delivers an atmospheric story that introduces the key actors interested in this drug and the underlying effects of its consumption through a rough and dark artwork. It still, however, struggles to make its characters relevant and relatable as it focuses on setting up the world.By blending supernatural elements with horror, Bone Parish (Vol. 1) promises a hauntingly immersive story that explores the afterlife, necromancy and noir crime in a terrifyingly addictive fashion.Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for this copy for review!Yours truly,Lashaan | Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog: https://bookidote.com/
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  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    Looks like Bunn has another winner here. The Winter family of New Orleans controls and runs the "ash" trade--a drug made from the remains of the dead. Users who take it can experience bits and pieces of the life of the dead person, but there's only a finite amount to be made from each corpse. Use it up and there's no more. The drug has become very popular, so much so that a couple of other criminal organizations are thinking about muscling in on the family's operations. This was a great mix of c Looks like Bunn has another winner here. The Winter family of New Orleans controls and runs the "ash" trade--a drug made from the remains of the dead. Users who take it can experience bits and pieces of the life of the dead person, but there's only a finite amount to be made from each corpse. Use it up and there's no more. The drug has become very popular, so much so that a couple of other criminal organizations are thinking about muscling in on the family's operations. This was a great mix of crime and horror, with a number of different characters just waiting to be further fleshed-out, particularly older son Brae and daughter Brigitte, the brains behind the chemistry. Nice artwork throughout by Jonas Scharf. Looking forward to more of this.
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  • Jakub Kvíz
    January 1, 1970
    There is a new drug running through the streets of New Orleans. It's made from bones of the dead and it has some weird effects on you. Sometimes you'll gain the skills of the dead person or you'll see them and talk to them. Not really sure how it works because every trip was bit different. Anyways, the Winters family is running the business as they are the only ones who know how to make it. And since the drug is a huge hit, other gangs like New York outfit or a Mexican cartel are trying to overt There is a new drug running through the streets of New Orleans. It's made from bones of the dead and it has some weird effects on you. Sometimes you'll gain the skills of the dead person or you'll see them and talk to them. Not really sure how it works because every trip was bit different. Anyways, the Winters family is running the business as they are the only ones who know how to make it. And since the drug is a huge hit, other gangs like New York outfit or a Mexican cartel are trying to overtake their operation.I am wondering why is this called a horror cause apart of a couple of pages there's nothing really scary or creepy. The first four issues are mostly introducing the concept of the drug, members of the Winters family and their struggles so it's really hard to say if this is going to be a good series or not.But there are some cool ideas so I'll be back for the second volume to see in which direction this will go. Right now I am going to go with an average rating.Jonas Scharf's art fits the story well and Alex Guimaraes's colors are perfect, especially in the "drug trip" parts. Thank you NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for giving me a review copy of this book. #NetGalley #BoneParish
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  • Rebecca (Coffeebooksandjournals)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC copy.I gave this a 3.5/5I really enjoyed the story and the art work. This was about a family drug operation and out of town people wanting to buy or take that operation. I like how the plot moved and it was fast but I liked it. I haven’t read something like this. I recommend you to pick this up. I can’t wait for the next volume.
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  • Skirmish
    January 1, 1970
    Book Reaction: https://nildivision.blogspot.com/2018...Rating: 4.5 Stars - perfection is only half a step awayI received a copy of Bone Parish from Boom! Studios via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  • Sierra
    January 1, 1970
    The best of the "dead bodies as drugs" stories that came out this year! For whatever reason there were a handful of comics that came out this year that shared this idea of a dead body being the ultimate high. I can honestly say this is the better of them (Gravetrancers being 2nd). This family is one of the only who know how to take the bones of the dead and make a drug that helps you relive their best (and sometimes worse) life's moments. What I liked about it the best is how clean cut it was. I The best of the "dead bodies as drugs" stories that came out this year! For whatever reason there were a handful of comics that came out this year that shared this idea of a dead body being the ultimate high. I can honestly say this is the better of them (Gravetrancers being 2nd). This family is one of the only who know how to take the bones of the dead and make a drug that helps you relive their best (and sometimes worse) life's moments. What I liked about it the best is how clean cut it was. It gave the process of extracting the drug an actual meaning and not just a fix. It has some cool side affects and the relationship between the Mother and Father is just too good! I really liked that you can see how the operation is run and not just people doing drugs, that gets old after a while. The art and colors are awesome. Theres some really great panels that are just way trippy and pretty. Really excited to see whats gonna happen to the family and how they plan to take on the mob.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    There is a new drug in town in the horror/crime graphic novel, Bone Parish Vol 1. Just don’t ask what they make it out of…Ash is a new hallucinogen that allows user to experience someone else’s life. It is incredibly popular but also so strong it kills some inexperienced users. The creator and her family can’t keep up with demand—no matter how many gravediggers they hire. Ash is composed of the burned remnants of dead bodies. The more interesting the life story, the better the high. When the fam There is a new drug in town in the horror/crime graphic novel, Bone Parish Vol 1. Just don’t ask what they make it out of…Ash is a new hallucinogen that allows user to experience someone else’s life. It is incredibly popular but also so strong it kills some inexperienced users. The creator and her family can’t keep up with demand—no matter how many gravediggers they hire. Ash is composed of the burned remnants of dead bodies. The more interesting the life story, the better the high. When the family’s profit becomes the talk of the drug underworld, other gangs try to take over the family’s business.The mixing of necromancy, New Orleans’ gothic atmosphere, and a noir crime family is almost as intoxicating as the drug, Ash. Bone Parish Vol 1 is concerned more with introducing the character’s stories and is rather short on plot in the middle section. However, the beautiful and atmospheric artwork makes the trip stimulating. The conclusion also promises more excitement in the next volume. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!Thanks to BOOM! Studios and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Phillip
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I liked pretty much everything about this book. It's about a family that is getting into the drug business with a new designer drug known as Ash. Ash is made partially from using the bodies of the dead and creates a hallucinogenic experience involving the person whose body went into it. Of course, there are people trying to muscle in on their territory. And, rightfully enough, it is set in New Orleans.I had a lot Disclaimer: I received a free ecopy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I liked pretty much everything about this book. It's about a family that is getting into the drug business with a new designer drug known as Ash. Ash is made partially from using the bodies of the dead and creates a hallucinogenic experience involving the person whose body went into it. Of course, there are people trying to muscle in on their territory. And, rightfully enough, it is set in New Orleans.I had a lot of fun reading this. The characters are well done and I particularly enjoyed seeing the various relationships play out. I'm intrigued by Ash and the slightly supernatural elements attached to its creation. That part of the story works really well for me because it is basically grounded in reality in other respects, so I found it easy to jump into this world and get a sense for how it operated even without knowing everything about Ash.The art is great. The moments when we get to see Ash in action are particularly good. I like that the art is equal parts dark and bizarre. It sets a good tone that I feel complements the locale. I'm definitely interested in reading more of this to learn about the drug and see how the crime family aspects play out.
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  • Reg Mars
    January 1, 1970
    I found out about this comic from my good friend Jenna over at jkimexploring.wordpress.com. She told me she had just got a horror comic from Netgalley. I was super intrigued and then I read the summary and knew I had to check this out. I ended up really enjoying this. I thought the story was so interesting. I mean a drug that is made from the ashes of dead people, that is just so crazy to me. Plus your trip is basically you putting yourself in their shoes. I think that's so wild. I really wanted I found out about this comic from my good friend Jenna over at jkimexploring.wordpress.com. She told me she had just got a horror comic from Netgalley. I was super intrigued and then I read the summary and knew I had to check this out. I ended up really enjoying this. I thought the story was so interesting. I mean a drug that is made from the ashes of dead people, that is just so crazy to me. Plus your trip is basically you putting yourself in their shoes. I think that's so wild. I really wanted to learn more about how it works. I do hope in the later volumes that it goes more into detail about that. I am very curious.I also really liked the location this story takes place in. I feel New Orleans is the perfect place for a drug like this to be sold. It really fits perfectly with the vibes of New Orleans. It's such a great creepy location. It really adds to the story.The only thing I didn't really like about the story is it felt a little jumpy. I feel one thing was happening then we quickly jumped over to another part in the story. I was a little confused at times. I feel with this story I just wanted things a bit more explained to me. Overall I ended up really enjoying this comic. It was right up my alley. It left me wanting more. I really want to learn more about the product and have the story go more into detail about how it's made and why it affects people the way it does. After I finished it I looked up the comic and the next volume doesn't come out until September. So far away. I might pick up the individual issue but I usually like getting the full volume. I can't wait to see what's going to happen next.*I got a free copy of this comic from the publisher on Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.*
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  • Samantha Beard
    January 1, 1970
    Having just read another graphic novel by Cullen Bunn, 'Cold Spots', I found the contrast between the two really interesting. In general, I preferred 'Bone Parish'. There's more of a concrete plot line, and I also liked the art style more. Both books contained some great classic horror scares. The premise for 'Bone Parish' is super interesting. It reminded me a great deal of the film Repoman, where pain-relieving drugs are harvested from the bodies of the dead. The most compelling storyline for Having just read another graphic novel by Cullen Bunn, 'Cold Spots', I found the contrast between the two really interesting. In general, I preferred 'Bone Parish'. There's more of a concrete plot line, and I also liked the art style more. Both books contained some great classic horror scares. The premise for 'Bone Parish' is super interesting. It reminded me a great deal of the film Repoman, where pain-relieving drugs are harvested from the bodies of the dead. The most compelling storyline for me is Brigittes. Not only is she responsible for creating the drug (ash), but she's the only one who can. It seems like she is playing with fire though, and I just know something is going to come back to bite her soon. Even she does not have a perfect understanding of how ash works, or how to manipulate it. 'Bone Parish' also brings to mind classic mobster stories. There are a few warring factions in the city that all want control of ash, and that leads to a few violent flare-ups. I found the psychological aspects of the drug use, and it's potential for extremely negative side effects fascinating. It was my favorite part of the graphic novel. I look forward to reading more!
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  • Adam M
    January 1, 1970
    This was a gory, trippy book and it's pretty good. The Winter family produces a hallucinogenic drug made of human ashes that's all the rage in New Orleans. The story picks up with outside influences coming in trying to take over the market and the family struggling with supply and demand. The family dynamic was laid out nicely. You learn a little about everyone, slowly building to the big climax/cliff hanger at the end and how it affects them all. Cullen Bunn does a couple interesting things in This was a gory, trippy book and it's pretty good. The Winter family produces a hallucinogenic drug made of human ashes that's all the rage in New Orleans. The story picks up with outside influences coming in trying to take over the market and the family struggling with supply and demand. The family dynamic was laid out nicely. You learn a little about everyone, slowly building to the big climax/cliff hanger at the end and how it affects them all. Cullen Bunn does a couple interesting things in this book that made it work for me, even though this isn't really my style. There are different motivating factors for each of the Winter family members. There isn't really anyone you're rooting for as it's all about drug dealers, but there is a humanity to them that makes at least a few sympathetic. I don't read a lot of horror type comics, but this might be an exception. I know I'll check out Vol 2 as the end on this left me very interested in what comes next. I received an ARC from NetGalley and BOOM! Studios in exchange for an honest review
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  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy on netgalley from the publisher for and honest review.What a start to something super insane. The artwork kinda had a The Walking Dead vibe to it so that I enjoyed. It was graphic, action, death, obvious drug usage but definitely not the kinda you’d be thinking it was... I don’t want to give any spoilers just know the concept is super fresh and new, a deep mystery lies underneath for you to seek once the story unfolds, it’s a bit chaotic and leaves a massive punch in the face. I received a copy on netgalley from the publisher for and honest review.What a start to something super insane. The artwork kinda had a The Walking Dead vibe to it so that I enjoyed. It was graphic, action, death, obvious drug usage but definitely not the kinda you’d be thinking it was... I don’t want to give any spoilers just know the concept is super fresh and new, a deep mystery lies underneath for you to seek once the story unfolds, it’s a bit chaotic and leaves a massive punch in the face. Can’t too pick up the sequel and continue to see where this all unfolds.Definitely a 4.5 star rating simply because I wanted a bit more understanding and story design.
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  • Katrina
    January 1, 1970
    3.5A blend of crime and horror, Bone Parish follows a Louisiana crime family who sell a drug called Ash, which is made from corpses. The drug allows its user, among other things, to experience the memories of the dead. Struggling to keep up with demand, the family find themselves under the attention of other drug gangs who want their operation for themselves.As engaging as the central and subplots are throughout Bone Parish, the real crowning jewel of the piece is the stunning artwork. It is sim 3.5A blend of crime and horror, Bone Parish follows a Louisiana crime family who sell a drug called Ash, which is made from corpses. The drug allows its user, among other things, to experience the memories of the dead. Struggling to keep up with demand, the family find themselves under the attention of other drug gangs who want their operation for themselves.As engaging as the central and subplots are throughout Bone Parish, the real crowning jewel of the piece is the stunning artwork. It is simply beautiful to look at and both compliments as well as underlines the macabre mood of the story.Recommended. With thanks to Boom and Netgalley for the ARC
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  • Valéria.
    January 1, 1970
    The concept is pretty interesting (highly addictive drug made of bone dust of the dead people, nice!) but the more I was reading - the more I was bored. I started losing my interest half way through actually, I expected something scary and maybe a little disturbing story but except few scenes during drug effect I got just bunch of threatening dialogues and „macho men“ killing each other. Art was good. I am interested to see where it goes though, 'cause it was not bad, I just didn’t get what I wa The concept is pretty interesting (highly addictive drug made of bone dust of the dead people, nice!) but the more I was reading - the more I was bored. I started losing my interest half way through actually, I expected something scary and maybe a little disturbing story but except few scenes during drug effect I got just bunch of threatening dialogues and „macho men“ killing each other. Art was good. I am interested to see where it goes though, 'cause it was not bad, I just didn’t get what I wanted.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    I am interested to see where this title goes, but the more of Cullen Bunn's work I read, the more I wonder about the frequency with which he adopts a black perspective. Not to say that this isn't possible for fiction writers, but this particular title verges into mystical practices that seem to verge close to Voudon and I'd be extremely curious to see a take from an actual practitioner. I enjoyed the story, but that particular aspect has left me with some concerns.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4Total review score: 2.63
  • Jamie Connolly
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars are probably more fitting. I didn’t love it. But I am dying to see what happens next. Not a bad read.
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