Clean Room Vol. 1: Immaculate Conception
Covers by: Jenny Frison
Creator & Writer: Gail Simone
Artist: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colorist: Quinton Winter & Jon David-Hunt
Letters: Todd Klein
Review by Insha Fitzpatrick
Clean Room is a supernatural horror comic that’s something people may not have seen before. The story starts and grounds itself between two wonderful and determined women. The first is Chloe Pierce, a reporter trying to find out the truth behind a piece of her painful present. The other is Astrid Mueller, the founder of the self-help organization Honest World Foundation. The organization specializes in a very special type of self help. These two women come together towards a common goal, but there’s obviously some rocky starts and horrific stuff happening before they can get to a mutual understanding.
Clean Room is still something of a mystery to me and I’m still not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. The story takes a spin on what lies beyond what we really can see with the monsters and entities hiding behind (and inside) a person, but completely brings us face to face with those horrors. This world breaths life into an eerie part of a world that seems very exclusive and super creepy. However, Gail Simone creates this world in a great and slightly confusing fashion. She intertwines the terror in and out of the Clean Room, which is the coolest intertwine of story, but somehow, it gets muffled as well within it all.
Something I absolutely couldn’t get enough of was the horror of the art Jon Davis-Hunt engulfs in these pages. He creates these severely gross things so beautifully that you can’t look away, especially when these super gory scenes are displayed or about to happen.
Clean Room is something that is very special for it’s time. The first volume shifts around from different points of view to different characters and some of it gets complicated and muffled in the process. It’s almost a cult-like story without calling itself a cult, but disguised as a fix it up self-help entitiy. Celebrities crave it, people die from it, it’s a great original story that still leaves me scratching my head and figuring out what’s going to come next.
Buy It & Wait for it. This story is awesome, but Clean Room provides you with a lot more questions than answers. Pick up the first trade, but hold back on buying issues until the second trade. You’re gonna wanna read all of this in one sitting.