Comic Book / Silent Hill
IDW has been publishing comics loosely based on Konami
's Silent Hill
series since 2003 by two different writers: author Scott Ciencin and writer/IDW editor Tom Waltz.
Comics written by Scott Ciencin:
- Silent Hill: Dying Inside (2003)
- Silent Hill: Among the Damned (2004, one-shot)
- Silent Hill: Paint It Black (2005, one-shot)
- Silent Hill: The Grinning Man (2005, one-shot)
- Silent Hill: Three Bloody Tales (trade paperback collection of all three one-shots)
- Silent Hill: Dead/Alive (2006)
- Silent Hill: Hunger (2006)
Comics written by Tom Waltz:
- Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward (2008)
- Silent Hill: Past Life (2010)
stars troubled, self-loathing psychotherapist Troy Abernathy, who takes patient Lynn DeAngelis, a former film student, back to Silent Hill, the haunted town where she was traumatized. He believes that what she saw in Silent Hill is a result of some sort of crime committed against her when she visited the town. Of course, when he takes her back to the town, he discovers that she wasn't making anything up about seeing monsters, or being menaced by an evil little girl in a white dress
. And then, the town has its way with his own
After Troy's disastrous trip to Silent Hill, a young, female punk named Lauryn takes her gang to the town, inspired by the videos that Lynn took during her time there, in the hope that it will garner them some fame and fortune. However, unbeknownst to the rest of the group, Lauryn has her own personal reasons for wanting to venture there...
In Paint It Black
, a burnt-out painter finds unexpected inspiration in the horrors of Silent Hill, only to wind up fighting for his life alongside some cheerleaders; in Among the Damned
, a suicidal soldier sets off for the town as his final resting place, only to have his life changed forever by a diva who also wishes to escape her past; and in The Grinning Man
, a state trooper trails the eponymous undead killer.Dead/Alive
is the proper ending to Ciencin's Silent Hill
comics. It stars a tortured actor named Kenneth who winds up in Silent Hill, which has become a battleground for forces trying to monopolize the town's dark powers.Hunger
tells the story of journalist Douglas Brenneman, who dreams of Silent Hill, despite having a seemingly perfect life, with a decent career and a loving wife. The peace of his neighborhood is shattered when someone is inexplicably murdered, and, as he investigates the incident, he is inexorably pulled into the town.Sinner's Reward
stars professional hit man Jack Stanton, who decides to leave his criminal past behind and ends up in Silent Hill. Unfortunately for him, his past is about to catch up to him now that he's in town...
- Apocalypse Maiden: Connie in Dead/Alive and an unnamed woman in Hunger. Both are incubators for Samael, the demon that the Order is trying to resurrect.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Christabella. Damn.
- Came Back Wrong: Troy. The trope is much in effect when you can emit tentacles from your chest.
- Creepy Child: Christabella, the girl that haunts Lynn, and the other children killed by the Order.
- Damsel in Distress: In Sinner's Reward, this is how Jack meets Sara in Silent Hill (she's being tied up before Jack frees her).
- Dead All Along: Sara.
- Decoy Protagonist: Troy.
- Does Not Like Guns: Sara. After Jack frees her, he offers a gun to Sara, who adamantly refuses to take it. However, as the story develops, it turns out that she wouldn't need one, anyway...
- Downer Ending: Paint It Black, Hunger, and Past Life.
- Driven to Suicide:
- Troy's wife, after discovering that he killed her abusive ex-husband.
- Jack starts out in Sinner's Reward on the verge of killing himself. He goes through with it at the end.
- The End of the World as We Know It: The setting of the second half of Hunger.
- Evil Albino: Whately, the Order representative.
- Eye Scream: In order to desensitize Jack to murder as prerequisite for grooming him to become a professional assassin, Jack's father forced Jack to kill his dog, which Jack did by shooting his dog in the eye.
- Fetus Terrible: In Dead/Alive, the main character's ex becomes an incubator for Samael. Also mentioned in Hunger, but the poor woman isn't named. It could be Heather from Silent Hill 3.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Troy in Dying Inside, fellow soldier Aaron, and Dahlia in Among the Damned. However, the latter reappears alive and well at the end.
- How We Got Here: At the start of Sinner's Reward, Jack Stanton, a professional hit man, contemplates suicide. The rest of the story details the plot that leads to it.
- Humanoid Abomination: There's a lot of these things here. Troy after being resurrected. Also the manifestation of Brett. He doesn't seem like much initially but when he is but back under Christabella's control, Hoo Boy...
- There's also Christabella, considering that she controls all of the other abominations of Silent Hill and is essentially channeling it's power. And to top it off Kenneth's mother and by extension, Kenneth himself.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In Sinner's Reward, The mob boss who ventures into Silent Hill in pursuit of Jack and Jill meets his end this way, courtesy of the Pyramid Head and his Great Knife.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Troy genuinely wants to help people like Lynn, but is too wracked by guilt by his wife's death to even help himself. Unfortunately, after sacrificing his life to let Lynn go free, he just becomes another one of Silent Hill's demons, a shallow manifestation of his womanizing ways. Subverted in that he's more self-destructive than malicious or harmful to others.
- Leave No Witnesses: The backstory of Sinner's Reward. The mob boss Sara's father offended put a hit on Sara's father. Jack, the hit man said mob boss enlisted to eliminate Sara's father, carried out the murder of Sara's father, before killing Sara's mother as well (since she was right next to her husband). On the way out, Jack encountered Sara and, not wishing to run the risk of having Sara incriminating him as a witness, murdered her as well before fleeing the scene. Sara is understandably angry once the truth is made clear.
- Like Father, Like Son: Jack's father, a professional hit man himself, pressured Jack to have the same profession as he.
- Mind Screw: Entirely unintentional with Ciencin's comics. Even if you can figure out the annoyingly confusing, nonsensical, and Plot Hole filled story, you probably won't be able to figure out what's happening due to the bizarre and terribly colored art.
- Missing Mom: Jack's mother died while Jack himself was young, leaving Jack to be raised by his father.
- Name's the Same: Dahlia. She couldn't be any different from the game's Dahlia though.
- The Power of Love: Quite possibly the only explanation for Dahlia and Kenneth/Connie/the entire world's survival.
- Reset Button: Kenneth pushes it at the end of Dead/Alive, giving him an elusive happy ending for a Silent Hill character.
- Redemption Equals Death: A theme shared in both Ciencin and Waltz's comics.
- Took a Level in Badass: Lynn becomes determined to face her fears and leave Silent Hill. Lauryn seems fairly badass to start, but gets more so once she starts using the Order's magic against them. Douglas may be a mild-mannered journalist, but do not fuck with his wife.
- Villain Protagonist: Lauren deliberately lead her closest friends to their deaths, knowing full well what would happen to them, purely so she could gain zombie slaves. Plus, the whole reason she came to Silent Hill in the first place was so she could take control over the town and its monsters for her own gain.
- You Are The Demons: Kenneth. His lineage is key to the Order's plan. His father fell in love with a demon that pretended to be a human. But she was literally a Noble Demon, "of a higher order than these animals". It's possible that she was actually one of Silent Hill's gods.
- Your Cheating Heart: Jill, wife of the mob boss who hired Jack, became attracted to Jack upon meeting him (and the feeling is mutual). She and Jack leaving together, and the mob boss' decision to have them brought back to him, drove the plot to Sinner's Reward.