THE EVIL WITHIN #1 Review: A Mediocre Attempt at a Complex Story

In a recent industry norm, forthcoming The Evil Within has received a prequel comic adaptation from Titan Comics. Set in the twisted, altered universe commonplace to games such as Silent Hill, The Evil Within comes to us from the mind behind Resident Evil, Shinji Mikami, and is one of the more recent in a slew of titles looking to resurrect the survival horror genre.

While The Evil Within #1 attempts to set up the bizarre and convoluted story as a companion to the game, it does so in a substandard way. However, it’s only the first issue and there’s more to account for than simple (first issue) face value.


Somewhere along the West Coast, recent college drop-out Dana searches for her friend, Kate, who had been kidnapped six months before. Oddly enough, Kate disappeared before Dana’s very eyes, sending Dana into a myriad of confusion and meltdowns before dropping everything in hopes of finding her missing friend. In standard horror movie format, Dana runs out of gas along a thickly forested and lonely stretch of road. With no phone signal, she treks over to a roadside diner in hopes of using their’s to get back out on her search.

Again, in standard horror fashion, although fresh plates of dinner are sitting at each table, the diner itself is abandoned. Shortly after coming upon the oddly empty diner, Dana meets Paul, a hospital employee who had mysteriously been transported to the diner, along with a slew of undead monsters in tow.

The Evil Within #1 moves quickly and, at times, can feel hard to keep up with. It pulls you directly into the story with little knowledge as to who these people are or what is happening, but takes a sort of short pause in the middle to catch you up to speed. Not to mention that the story for the video game is so layered and confusing on its own — most of which will be far less confusing upon the game’s release — that the comic only adds to the difficulty of staying afoot.

In saying that, The Evil Within comic miniseries is a companion to the game. Although it will most likely become more congruent and less complex as the series continues and once one has played the game, as a first issue, it can feel a tad hard to keep up. By the end of the issue, however, you have a greater idea of where they are, what’s going on, etc., etc., but you’ll have to put a great deal of pieces together on your own for that conclusion.


Artist Alex Sanchez was tasked with creating the creepy and deranged world for Ian Edginton’s prequel story. Despite achieving the intended eerie effect, the art itself isn’t anything special or standout-ish. Sanchez does capture the desired dark and deserted, Silent Hill creepy feeling, but the art is quite average. Not that the style is necessarily bad, just not anything unique or fresh when compared to other artists featured on comic book shelves.


It’s difficult to rate a comic book based on a video game when the video game isn’t even out yet. As a set up to the game, it isn’t anything special, nor does it really add to what we’ve already seen in previews and early gameplay demos. However, as someone who has been looking forward to the title’s release for well over a year, it’s not a comic prequel I’m ready to abandon just yet. Taking into account that I’ve yet to play the game and that it’s only just setting up the story at a standard miniseries pace, it needs to be treated as such.

Ultimately, though, it feels like they did their best to introduce the comic to those who are unfamiliar with the game, while considering how much story they’re allotted to tell, in the amount of time they’re allowed to tell it. Here’s hoping #2 offers up a little more storytelling, uniqueness, and character than the first issue.

2.5 out of 5 stars

2.5 out of 5 stars

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3 Comments on “THE EVIL WITHIN #1 Review: A Mediocre Attempt at a Complex Story”

  1. stson
    10/10/2014 at 12:43 AM #

    Not too concerned about the quality of the comic book, as long as the game delivers.

  2. Sambone617
    10/13/2014 at 12:49 AM #

    Reviewr just rated a game without playing. Plz just hand in whatever authority was given to you

  3. 10/13/2014 at 10:31 AM #

    It’s a review about a comic, which was released and read. If you read the review you would know that. So basically, you complained that I reviewed a game without playing it, while you were attempting to “review” my review without reading it?

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