Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception by Gail Simone, art by Jon Davis-Hunt
Available: print, Kindle and comixology ebook
Journalist Chloe Pierce’s fiancé, Philip, takes his own life. When his body is found, he’s holding a book by the enigmatic self-help guru, Astrid Mueller, who began her writing career as a horror author. Chloe believes something in the book made him do it, and she will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of it. She storms the headquarters of the author’s Honest World Foundation, demanding an interview with the reclusive Astrid, and is invited into the Clean Room, a space where someone’s fears are exposed and worst moments are revealed. Chloe’s life quickly changes after her experience in the Clean Room when she is visited by an entity called Spark. There is a problem in the room, however. What has Astrid unleashed on the world after a session with one of her adherents goes wrong?
Simone weaves a strong tale in Clean Room. There is more to both Chloe and Astrid than meets the eye. The way Simone intertwines the story of both women is so well done. Davis-Hunt’s artwork in this volume is beautiful and terrifying. This book is not for the squeamish, though; while the body horror starts out fairly tame, it intensifies as the story proceeds. Highly recommended.
Volume 1 collects Clean Room issues #1-6.
Contains: body horror, mention of child abuse, nudity, violence
Reviewed by Lizzy Walker