Silent Hill: Downpour Anne’s Story #1 Comic Review

Posted By: Whitney   September 2nd, 2014 | 7:46 am

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Based on a story by producers and screenwriters of the 2012 Silent Hill: Downpour video game, Anne’s Story follows corrections officer Anne Cunningham as she pursues escaped convict Murphy Pendleton through the misty streets of Silent Hill after their transfer bus crashes.

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IDW’s Silent Hill Downpour Comic all about Anne has a release date!

Posted By: Whitney   April 21st, 2014 | 8:54 pm

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Well this is some wonderful news! It turns out we will see Anne’s journey through Silent Hill in comic form after all later this year.

During Wondercon 2014 IDW Publishing announced that their upcoming comic lineup includes the Anne prequel comic Tom Waltz teased way back in 2012. This new series will be called Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story and is written by Tom Waltz with interior artwork by Tristan “T-Rex” Jones.

“IDW returns to Konami’s horror masterpiece! In the 2012 hit video game Silent Hill Downpour, players were introduced to Anne Marie Cunningham, the enigmatic prison officer bent on bloody revenge against the game’s main protagonist, Murphy Pendleton. Now, at last, fans can learn what horrors Anne faced during her fateful journey through Silent Hill’s fog-shrouded streets… and what led her to the terrifyingly cursed town in the first place. Written by Tom Waltz (writer of Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life and the Silent Hill Downpour video game), with artwork by Tristan Jones (Ghostbusters, Hoax Hunters).”

The first issue has been given a tentative August 20, 2014 store release and will retail for $3.99. The comic will feature Anne’s side of the story and according to Tom Waltz:

“The entire story is based on a concept by Tomm Hulett, Devin Shatsky, and myself [...] just after the release of the video game”

I am a big fan Waltz’s last Silent Hill comic series, Past Life, released back in 2010. Given that his last series was so good and Waltz also co-wrote the Silent Hill: Downpour, a video game that I also loved, it’s no surprise that right now I have very high hopes that this series will not only be awesome but will make an excellent companion to the game. Also, I don’t know about you guys but I’m still mighty curious what kind of “sick things” Anne had to do to get Murphy transferred to her prison…

Tom Waltz was also kind enough to share some of the different covers which are seen in the gallery below:

The cover featuring Anne’s head cover is by Tristan Jones. The Bogie Man cover is by Justin Randall, who also did variant covers for the Silent Hill: Past Life series. The Anne in the woods with gun cover is by Ilya Kuvshinov. And the full cast cover is by Jose Holder (with colors by Jeremy Colwell).

Source (Tom Waltz and Silent Hill Memories)

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Tom Waltz Teases a Downpour Anne Prequel Comic

Posted By: Whitney   November 7th, 2012 | 9:36 pm

Last week Silent Hill Downpour and Past Life writer Tom Waltz teased an upcoming Downpour prequel comic from IDW. We don’t have much information at the moment…not even a title but we do know it’s about Anne’s side of the story. I’ll let you know when I have more information :D

Source (Tom Waltz Twitter Tweet 1 | Tweet 2) Thanks Avianna!

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Silent Hill: Past Life OUT NOW!

Posted By: Whitney   April 23rd, 2011 | 5:09 pm

Hey guys, the Silent Hill: Past Life is out in store now. If you haven’t already preordered be sure to go out an get it. It’s the best Silent Hill comic to date! Don’t forget to also listen to Silent Hill Experienced most recent podcast with Past Life creators Menton3 and Tom Waltz!

Buy from Amazon.com or your local comic book shop!

Silent Hill Experienced Podcast #11 – Our Interview with Menton3 and Tom Waltz about the Tradeback!

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Silent Hill Experienced Podcast #11- Past Life Tradeback Interview with Menton3 and Tom Waltz…with some Downpour and Revelation discussion too!

Posted By: Whitney   April 20th, 2011 | 9:50 am

We got another chance to chat with Silent Hill: Past Life and Downpour writer, Tom Waltz and Past Life Artist Menton3 to discuss the last issue, the upcoming trade back, Tom and Menton’s new work, Tom’s hands on with Downpour (including a brief discussion on about how subtle the ending decision mechanics are :) and a few other cool nuggets you’ll have to listen to find out!) and we even discuss the old and upcoming Silent Hill films!

Listen Now:

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Silent Hill Experienced Podcast #8 – Tom Waltz and Menton3 Interview!

Posted By: Whitney   February 1st, 2011 | 1:06 pm

I was part of a big interview with Tom Waltz and Menton3 over on Silent Hill Experienced!

Happy 12th anniversary to Silent Hill which was released in the US January 31, 1999! We have big podcast here for you folks with our new co-host Destiny. We sit down and discuss Silent Hill and comics with Past Life Writer and Silent Hill: Downpour Co-writer Tom Waltz and Past Life artist Menton3!

Check out the podcast here: http://she.townofsilenthill.com/silent-hill-experienced-podcast-8-tom-waltz-and-menton3-interview/

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Silent Hill Past Life #3 Review

Posted By: Whitney   January 27th, 2011 | 1:59 pm

Hi guys sorry this is so late…but here’s my review of Silent Hill Past Life #3!

Silent Hill fans if you haven’t picked up the Past Life comic series, what are you waiting for!? Issue #3 is out and continues the Foster’s fun filled adventures in Silent Hill.

In this issue things the creep factor has jumped up a notch and we are treated to the real horrors from Jebediah’s, “Hell Rider” past. I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys, but let’s just say he worked hard to earn that outlaw name! It really makes me wonder how such a nasty man was able to win over such a nice woman like Esther.

Along with Jebediah’s past we also make some startling realizations about many of the Silent Hill townsfolk we’ve met so far, including an interesting tidbit on our Post Master friend Howard Blackwood! Turns out he may have be lured to the town due to some dark deeds of his own and has me wondering if his current situation is related to a punishment or self realization of his own. I’m definitely eager to see how his story continues in Silent Hill Downpour if this Howard Blackwood is the same postman we saw in the the E3 2010 trailer.

Like the past two issues Menton3′s continues to wow especially the page compositions depicting wet work from Jebediah’s violent past. These scenes are quick but it captures Jebediah’s just how cruel a man Jebediah really was. I think however my favorite piece of art from this issue included small cameos of Past Life writer, Tom Waltz, the artist himself, Menton3 and even Silent Hill: Downpour Producers Devin Shatsky and Tomm Hulett!

Past Life continues to be a phenomenal read and you will be left on the edge of your seat for the series conclusion in issue #4!

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Silent Hill Past Life #2 Review

Posted By: Whitney   November 6th, 2010 | 5:38 pm

This is a repost of my review over on Hell Descent! A big thanks goes out to Tom Waltz for sending me the preview :)

Silent Hill Past Life #2 is the second installment of Tom Waltz’s four part Silent Hill comic picks up shortly after the end of issue #1.

Jebediah “Hell Rider” Foster is still reeling from an encounter with the old and crazy Native American who trespassed into the Foster’s home just the night before. Her gift of a bloody knife and casual mention of Jebediah’s Hell Rider past has the outlaw questioning whether or not he can really be a good man for his wife, Esther, and unborn child. I’m sure the powers of the town will help him with those fears! Hit the jump for the full review of Silent Hill: Past Life #2

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Silent Hill Past Life Released Delayed to 11/03/2010

Posted By: Whitney   October 21st, 2010 | 4:53 pm

Tom Waltz, writer of Past Life and Silent Hill 8, let us know that the upcoming Silent Hill Past Life issue #1 will be a little late. The issue was scheduled to be released October 27, 2010, but Waltz says that the November 3rd release has been confirmed (source)

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Silent Hill Past Life Issue #1 Review

Posted By: Whitney   October 18th, 2010 | 12:28 am

My thoughts on the early Silent Hill comics


Cheerleaders fightin’ Pyramid Head

As a big fan of the Silent Hill franchise I’ve been quite disappointed with the past Silent Hill comic series. With the exception of Sinner’s Reward, the rest of the Silent Hill comics have left a sour taste in my mouth.

In the comics we see some familiar creatures and places but overall the connection to the Silent Hill franchise seems to me to be in name only. The stories are pretty superficial and the style of artwork made the plots at times very difficult follow. Seeing cheerleaders fight Pyramid Head (Paint in Black) and listening to a foul mouth Christabella (Dying Inside) certainly didn’t feel like any Silent Hill game I played and furthered my dislike for the comics in general.

Despite my overall distaste for the comics my opinion warmed slightly after reading Tom Waltz’s, Sinner’s Reward. It was really the first time I could see “Silent Hill” in comic form and it was the first real glimpse of the games I know and love.

Silent Hill Past Life

When I learned that Waltz was returning to not only pen the 4-part Silent Hill Past Life comic but also has a hand in writing the upcoming Silent Hill 8 my interest in this comic went through the roof! I got to say after that after reading this first issue, Waltz does not disappoint! Silent Hill fans you are in for a real treat! We have a direct tie to the upcoming game and we get to see a bit of the mysterious past of Silent Hill.

Seriously, what’s not to love?

It’s 1867 and Jebediah “Hell Rider” Foster and his new bride Esther have left their home in the Dakota Territory for the town of Silent Hill. Esther has inherited her uncle Benjamin Munroe’s farm and with a baby on the way the couple hopes that the distance from Jebediah’s past as an murderous outlaw will help them start a new life with a clean slate. Unfortunately for the Fosters dark pasts and Silent Hill can have hellish results and actually obtaining that clean slate will be a lot harder then expected.


The Fosters on route towards their new life in Silent Hill.

After their arrival into town the influence of Jebediah’s dark past immediately brings forth the town’s darker side. Jebediah catches glimpses of strange creatures and people in the corners of his eyes and significant items from his dark past mysteriously appear and trigger thoughts of his criminal past. The Fosters may have only just entered Silent Hill but it’s clear the town is already gearing up to make them face the shadows of their past.


Uh oh…

Silent Hill 8 Connection

In the first issue we meet a character that I believe has a direct connection to Vatra’s upcoming Silent Hill title that Waltz himself has hinted about in a number of different interviews.

The Fosters run into the friendly Howard Blackwood right outside of Silent Hill. Much to their surprise Howard, who is a black man, has the job title of Postmaster only two years after the Civil War! It seems that Silent Hill is a head of the times concerning equality which Howard attributes to the town not caring “…much ’bout what’s on the outside of folks.”

This is in no way confirmed but I’m convinced that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Howard! Remember the mumbling postman Murphy meets during the Vatra E3 2010 trailer? I think they are one an the same and that Howard here is the mysterious character shared between the game and the comic. I say we should keep an eye on this cryptic postman him in future issues, he’s definitely more than what he seems…especially if he’s still alive after so many years in Silent Hill 8!

The Artwork


Menton3′s drawings are beautiful


Splotchy bgs = fuuuuuu!

The artwork in Past Life is the best I’ve seen front a Silent Hill comic to date! Menton3′s style really captures the mess and disturbing visuals we see in the games but without going over board like so many of the previous comics did before. I love how the characters are rendered very realistically for once! The brown/yellow/black/white color scheme really gives the comic the overall look of being an old story dug up from the past.


Abrupt style changes = headache

I think what I like most about Menton3′s artwork is that even though it can get messy at times I haven’t once felt lost while reading. This was a big problem for me with the earlier Silent Hill comics where the art style often left me confused about what was actually going on panel to panel. I also think it’s great that Menton3 doesn’t just focus on drawing the characters and spends the time to create some fascinating backdrops and environments. In my opinion it is the inclusion of real background that I consider a HUGE improvement over the previous comics. It was hard to follow many of the previous comics when the backgrounds consisted no more then splotches on the page.

Speaking of which…

Make sure to pay close attention to the details in those lovely backgrounds! It’s unknown at this point whether this has any relevance to the plot but I’ve noticed in several panels share a similar text and circular symbols hidden within the backgrounds. I can’t make out what a lot of it says but since it’s repeated from page to page it makes me wonder if it will have some significance in the future!

The consistency of the art style in Past Life is another big plus in the comic for me. The only time a significant difference is seen help show a shift in narrative. In previous comics the art style varied issue to issue just because there was a change in artists with no other real purpose.


A non headache inducing art style change seen in Past Life issue #1

So Silent Hill fans, the Silent Hill inspired comic you’ve been waiting for is finally here! If you’ve been hesitant to pick up this series the due to disappointments in the past… don’t be! The writing is top notch and the artwork is phenomenal. Past Life is gearing to be the best comic series yet so don’t miss out!

Past life Issue #1 goes on sale November 3, 2010! (source)

Big thank you goes to Tom Waltz for sending me a digital copy of Past Life #1 to review on my site. Totally made my week :)

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