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)
- 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.
- Decoy Protagonist: Troy
- Downer Ending: Paint It Black, Hunger, and Past Life.
- Driven to Suicide: Troy's wife, after discovering that he killed her abusive ex-husband.
- The End of the World as We Know It: The setting of the second half of Hunger.
- Evil Albino: Whately, the Order representative.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mind Screw: Entirely unintentional. 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 bizzare and terribly colored art.
- 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 moreso 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.