Bethesda's The Evil Within 2 shocked gamers when it was unleashed on the market back in November, and Titan Comics' companion prequel series is stuffed with even more disturbing details from the maddening world of Detective Sebastian Castellanos.
Written by Ryan O'Sullivan (Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, Turncoat) and matched with eerie, atmospheric art from Szymon Kudranski (Spawn, 30 Days of Night, Batman: Streets of Gotham) and Damien Worm (The October Faction, Dark Souls), it's the perfect counter-programming to all the sugary sweetness of the holidays.
The Evil Within: The Interlude is a new 64-page hardcover that drops today, Dec. 19, collecting two oversized issues of the companion mini-series that originally debuted on Sept. 6.
Here's the official solicitation synopsis:
The Evil Within: The Interlude bridges the gap between Bethesda’s critically-acclaimed survival-horror videogame The Evil Within and its sequel, The Evil Within 2. Featuring gorgeously rendered artwork from horror stalwarts Szymon Kudranski and Damien Worm.
Still reeling from the horrific events that took place at Beacon Mental Hospital and the apparent death of his daughter, Detective Sebastian Castellanos is a man on the edge. Now a brand new case threatens to further test his sanity, as Sebastian finds himself thrown back into a world of nightmares and bloody violence!
SYFY WIRE spoke with O'Sullivan about how this creepy project originated, and what readers can anticipate in the quiet confines of their homes as they crack the cover.
After the interview, check out our exclusive look at the interior of The Evil Within: The Interlude, and tell us if you're brave enough to venture into its petrifying pages!
What was your plan for this lead-in title for The Evil Within 2 game?
Ryan O'Sullivan: The Evil Within games have very intricate and layered stories, full of mystery, conspiracy, and fear. I wanted to create, alongside illustrators Szymon Kudraski and Damien Worm, a story that would appeal to hardcore fans first. (If you're the sort of Evil Within fan that read every in-game clue and put together your own conspiracy theories -- this is the comic for you!)
Can you give us a brief map of where this spooky story is heading?
RO: Set between the two games, The Interlude looks at how Sebastian dealt with the emotional fallout from what happened at Beacon Hospital. I always like to explore what sort of things characters get up to on their "days off." How they process the horrifying things they've been through. The comic explores more of Sebastian as a family man and detective, and gives him a bit of a breather before the horrific experiences that are to come in the second game.