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Larvae Lingers Inside Cullen Bunn's Regression
Vince Brusio

Regression Volume 3
(9781534310704, $16.99)

Adrian is plagued by ghastly waking nightmares. To understand and possibly treat these awful visions, Adrian reluctantly agrees to past life regression hypnotherapy. As his consciousness is cast back through time, Adrian witnesses a scene of horrific debauchery and diabolism. Waking, he is more unsettled than before, and with good reason-something has followed him back. Adrian descends into a world of occult conspiracy, mystery, reincarnation, and insanity from which there is no escape.

Now, the final chapter of the mind-bending past-life horror story begins in Regression Volume 3Adrian is no more. His past life has consumed him. The influence of Gregory Sutter and the weird Valgeroti demon cult is complete. Still, there are those who oppose him--in the past, in the present, and in the future. A resistance is rising against the Valgeroti. But Sutter is fearful of those who might send him back into the void. And when he is afraid, his thoughts turn bloody.
  
Presented by CULLEN BUNN (Harrow County, The Sixth Gun, The Empty Man), DANNY LUCKERT (Haunted), and MARIE ENGER (Pistolwhip, 2 Sisters), REGRESSION is a tale of supernatural terror and intrigue unlike any horror comic you've ever experienced.

Learn more about this new series and the personal connection behind the story in our interview with writer Cullen Bunn!


Vince Brusio: The main character in the story is a lad by the name of Adrian. It sounds like he would rather suffer from insomnia than see his visions at bedtime. To describe what he sees, you’re mixing a Molotov cocktail of “debauchery” and “diabolism.” Is he being overwhelmed by some sort of mystical ViewMaster slideshow of the Marquis de Sade’s bedroom? If this guy had to file a police report, what would he say that’s going on?

Cullen Bunn: Adrian is having some of the nastiest nightmares a person can have, but now they're not just hitting him while he's asleep. These horrific visions are starting to bleed into the waking world. He can't trust his own eyes anymore, and when that happens a person might think they are starting to go mad. The visions have gotten so intense, he turns to the idea of past life regression hypnotherapy. What could go wrong, right?

Everything. Everything could go wrong.  

Also, it's funny you mention filing a police report. Adrian may have to do that very thing, especially when the consequences of the past life regression come to light. 

Vince Brusio: If you enter “past life regression hypnotherapy” into a search engine, all kinds of links pop up, from “high quality and affordable courses” to YouTube videos showing you what you can experience when watching someone under a state of meditation. Did you do any kind of intense browsing online to see what sort of backdrop you could add to this story? What kind of digging around did you do to formulate foreshadowing, plot, or character development?

Cullen Bunn:  This is a case of "writing what you know." 

When I was a kid, my father was a professional stage hypnotist. He performed at fund-raising events and schools and fairgrounds. I even got into the act as "the World's Youngest Hypnotist" for a little while. Sometimes, he would conduct smaller group sessions, and that's when he would often conduct past life regressions.

Now, in the years since, I've been to "regressions" conducted at New Age bookshops and the like, where everyone sits around and "envisions" what their life might have been. If that's all you know about regressions, let me assure you, what a hypnotist like my dad does is something else entirely. 

I saw people describe in vivid detail day-to-day life in other cultures and times. I've heard people speak with perfect accents or in languages they didn't previously know. And I saw one guy get regressed into... nothing. He just sat there in eerie silence. My dad said something about him being a "new soul" but I always felt that whatever he was experiencing in the regression was too horrible to speak about.

Vince Brusio: How do artists Danny Luckert and Marie Enger compliment your vision on Regression? Did they tap into your psychosis from the start, or did they need to a little more push?

Cullen Bunn:  I don't want to say Danny and Marie are as twisted as me, but they immediately jumped into the story and started making it their own. I didn't need to push them into thinking about the horror aspects. Their minds were already there! The only thing I didn't want was a horror book that gets murky just for the sake of murkiness. I wanted the grotesque stuff brought into the light and I wanted it to look real. And I wanted the characters (because this series has a fairly good size supporting cast) to be people you would empathize with, fall in love with, fear, or fear for. These two nailed it.