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Review: Clean Room

Clean Room, Vol. 1: Immaculate Conception - Gail Simone, John Davis-Hunt, Quinton Winter, Todd Klein, Jenny Frison

Not the creepiest thing I've ever read, but I will say it was a mistake to read this right before going to bed while traveling without spouse or cat.


I recall Simone talking about this on twitter when the first issue was out, and I couldn't figure out from her tweets what kind of thing it might be besides maybe horror? Turns out, yes, creeping horror, with cultists and monsters. But also badass women being total badasses.


The cult leader is a charismatic woman who survived a car not-accident as a child. The protagonist is a reporter angry and vulnerable after the suicide of her fiance trying to figure out what exactly is going on with the cult. Throw in a handful of competent women, some adorable neighbors, and a few monsters, and simmer for a long, low burning, sleep costing good time.


The writing and the art are both stellar. I'll definitely be checking out the rest of the series. From a well lit chair while holding a cat.