Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always by Kris Oprisko & Gabriel Hernandez [Review]

10-year-old Harvey Swick is bored. Really, really bored. So when one day a strange man flies up to his bedroom widow, promising fun and adventure at the Holiday House, Harvey agrees to go with him.

At first things are great, he meets new friends and every day they get to enjoy the best parts of each season, sunny days, autumn leaves, trick & treating at Halloween and receiving any gift they want at Christmas.

But Harvey begins to suspect all is not as it seems in this perfect world he’s getting to live in, making plans to escape.

It’s then he discovers just what the price he’s had to pay, for these perfect days is…

10-year-old Harvey Swick is bored. Really, really bored. So when one day a strange man flies up to his bedroom widow, promising fun and adventure at the Holiday House, Harvey agrees to go with him.

At first things are great, he meets new friends and every day they get to enjoy the best parts of each season, sunny days, autumn leaves, trick & treating at Halloween and receiving any gift they want at Christmas.

But Harvey begins to suspect all is not as it seems in this perfect world he’s getting to live in, making plans to escape.

It’s then he discovers just what the price he’s had to pay, for these perfect days is…

A fun deliciously creepy read. I’d really like to grab a copy on the book of which this is based, as I’d love to see the friendship between Harvey, Wendel & Lisa develop properly, as that was one side of this graphic novel that didn’t quite work. Yes, there is a connection there, but the format of the novel didn’t allow the time needed to really do it justice.

That said, I thought story telling was pretty tight, and worked well, but like the friendship between the three kids, I was left wanting more detail. The artwork however was perfect, wonderfully muted colours, even the bright utopian first few days, feel perfectly at home with the dark and creepy later pages.

It was unintended but when I finished this one I realised that both The Thief of Time and my previous GN read, The Dead Boy Detectives, both centred on futility of preserving those brief moments of childhood for ever and instead making the most of the time we have. I feel this one, just about made a better job of it.

Enjoyable, but would have been even better if it had been slightly longer and given more time to fully tell its story.

Buy: Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always

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