Circle of 6 Graphic Serial Vol. 1

Welcome Home

Fiction - Graphic Novel/Comic
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 03/22/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Circle of 6 Graphic Serial Vol. 1: Welcome Home is a work of fiction in the supernatural action, horror, and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to the mature adult reading audience owing to scenes of gore, violence, and intense situations. It was penned by author team William Butler and Aaron Strongoni, with illustrations by artist Brian James Gage. This opening volume introduces readers to Ashley Gibson, who inherits a house in Marblehead, Massachusetts, only to discover its dark secrets intertwined with the town's haunted history, particularly the vengeful spirits of six witches from the Salem witch trials.

Author team William Butler and Aaron Strongoni have put their best talents together to craft an immersive dive into a world where the past and present collide in chilling ways. The atmospheric setting of Marblehead, with its whispers of old curses and vengeful spirits, provided a haunting backdrop for Ashley's journey, and I thought the visceral nature of the storytelling and dialogue complemented the dark vision of the setting. As she navigates the eerie happenings surrounding her new home and confronts the tormented souls of the witches, the narrative unfolds with gripping tension and suspense that keeps you flipping pages and staring in open-mouthed wonder at what comes next. The stunning artwork by illustrator Brian James Gage brought this well-paced and compelling story to life, capturing the sinister atmosphere and supernatural elements with cinematic flair and a suitably dark tone and mood. Overall, Circle of 6 is a highly recommended graphic novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats, and I am certainly eagerly anticipating the next spine-tingling installment.

Pikasho Deka

Sate your horror appetite with William Butler and Aaron Strongoni's gripping graphic novel Circle of 6: Vol. 1. Still recovering from the loss of a loved one, Ashley Gibson leaves Chicago in her Mustang to arrive in the misty coastal town of Marblehead in Massachusetts. She has unexpectedly inherited a decrepit old house from distant relatives who have passed away. Eager to start anew, Ashley acclimatizes to her new environment, nosy neighbors, and the local townsfolk. However, something is amiss. After making friends with the town's bookstore owner, Gabby, Ashley agrees to visit a party hosted by Ben Cooper. But little does she know that she won't be leaving the house alone as wicked entities converge and her neighbors are about to face their wrath. What's next in store for Ashley and the inhabitants of Marblehead?

A potent combination of mystery, intrigue, suspense, and hair-raising thrills makes Circle of 6: Vol. 1 an unmissable pageturner of a graphic novel. This series is tailor-made for fans of horror. Authors William Butler and Aaron Strongoni tell a chilling supernatural tale, revealing bits and pieces of the larger mystery to hook readers in and end the book on a cliffhanger, which only makes you want to read the second installment as soon as possible. Brian James Gage's artwork is simply brilliant and captures the tone and tension-filled atmosphere of the setting to perfection. I was thoroughly invested in the novel from start to finish and look forward to reading the sequels. All in all, this is a gem of a book for horror and graphic novel enthusiasts.

Kayleigh Perumal

In Circle of 6: Welcome Home, a horror graphic novel by William Butler and Aaron Strongoni, Ash has just moved to Marblehead, Massachusetts, to begin a new life. Ash’s car sputters and stalls upon her arrival in town, refusing to start up again. While she is waiting for assistance, Ash thinks that she sees someone or something. Luckily, at this point, her car revives itself. Ash meets a few people in town, such as her elderly Christian neighbors, Jack and Sadie Covert. She also visits Gabby and Polly, who work at the local bookstore. Polly claims to be psychic, but everyone else is quite friendly and normal. Nonetheless, although the town is quaint and picturesque, there is also something eerie afoot. Rumor has it that the 200-year-old house Ash inherited is haunted, even though it appears quite ordinary. What exactly is going on in Marblehead, and is there more to this pleasant place than meets the eye?

The illustrations in Circle of 6: Welcome Home are hyper-realistic, which adds to their visual appeal. In fact, their striking nature helps to emphasize the storyline and further magnifies the overall mood of fear and suspense. Brian James Gage is the talented artist responsible for these vivid and macabre images. Aaron Strongoni and William Butler write evocatively, keeping readers engrossed. I was particularly curious about what brought Ash to Marblehead, but this is only hinted at. I loved the cliffhanger at the end, which left me wanting to read the next volume immediately. Anyone who finds mystery and horror scintillating will devour this graphic novel in a few hours.