SLAUGHTERHOUSE Z #1 / WRITER: MATT WARNER, AJ BALLARD / ARTIST: PAUL JOHNSON / LETTERER: NIKKI FOXROBOT / EDITOR: MARK ADAMS, MATT WARNER / PUBLISHER: HELLBOUND MEDIA / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
Over the past few years, the folks over at Hellbound Media have conjured up some absolutely fantastic horror titles that have covered so many angles of the genre – from kid-friendly, to giallo, to twisted sci-fi, to X-rated video nasty-esque tales, and more. Now, the crazed minds at Hellbound have decided to return to the world of the gore-tastic Slaughterhouse Farm to serve up a follow-up of sorts, titled Slaughterhouse X.
Here, the deceased Pigfucker – who stalked the Snowdonia countryside in Slaughterhouse Farm – has seen his DNA combined with a vicious breed of pig to create a terrifying monster known as Porker X. And quicker than you can say “this little piggy went to market,” Porker X and his piggy pals are running wild across the Welsh countryside. Unfortunately for brides-to-be Roxy and Serenity, however, they find themselves in the path of this Army of the Porcine Dead.
While Hellbound have won plentiful praise for their family friendly scares, Slaughterhouse Z is most certainly not one for younger horror hounds. With violence, language, and sexual antics all amped up way, way past 11, this definitely isn’t a book for the easily offended. But then, Hellbound has often made no bones about taking things to the extreme in a devilishly delicious way. And that is well and truly the case for the first issue of Slaughterhouse Z.
By taking the concept of Slaughterhouse Farm and cleverly transitioning that story to what we see here, writers Matt Warner and AJ Ballard have managed to deliver a book that works well as both a sequel and as a fresh title. Visually, the book is constantly impactful, and the design of Porker X and his fellow swine is gloriously depraved, while the action definitely doesn’t pull any punches. Or should that be double-ended dildos?
Thankfully, Slaughterhouse Z concludes with the promise of more depravity to come. And we for one cannot wait to see what further screams lie ahead.