Regression #6: Did Adrian Really Make Peace With The Sins Of His Past?

by Brendan M. Allen

Detective Graymercy and Molly connect with an occultist in their attempt to track down the missing Adrian. Meanwhile, Adrian struggles to maintain his sanity as the extremists who hold him prisoner subject him to terrible mental torture. Their goal: to coax diabolical secrets from Adrian’s past life. 

At the end of Regression #5, Adrian made arrangements to turn himself in to the authorities. Confident that his latest PLR session freed him of his murderous alter ego Sutter, he’s ready to face the music. He really didn’t have much choice, since the badges already had the bulge on him and were ready to close in. En route to meet Detectives Graymercy and Coates, Adrian is kidnapped by heavily armed assailants, leaving Coates shot, with Molly and Graymercy holding the bag.

Regression #6 opens up two weeks later. Adrian is being held naked in a dark cell. That can’t be good for the guy’s fragile psyche. There are people in crazy masks yelling at him in some crazy language, and, while he has an idea that this mess is somehow connected to Sutter, he has no clue what’s really going on. Meanwhile, Molly and Graymercy have apparently called a truce over a mutual goal in locating Adrian. Molly wants her crush back and Graymercy wants revenge for Coates.

Cullen Bunn has shown his affinity for writing truly creepy horror many times over, but Regression is the title that really gets under my skin. There are so many elements in play that stem from his personal experience and from actual events and practices, it’s hard to create distance from this story. Bunn shows great restraint in driving his audience right to the slick edge of sanity, then throwing the bus into a sideways slide just before it careens into madness.

The artwork is something else, too. Danny Luckert does some pretty amazing things with cinematic angles and perspectives, and then, when you go back for a second and third pass, you’ll notice some sneaky little details and slick panel and gutter work. Oh, yes, then there’s Marie Enger’s color choices. Her palette is disarming. You get all nice and settled in, and then she throws a Sunday punch. Everything’s so bright and shiny. Until it isn’t.

Regression #6 is a great start to this new arc. Enough of the questions from the opening salvo have been addressed to give the reader some satisfaction, but then up pop a slew of new questions that beg answering.

Regression #6, published by Image Comics, released 24 January 2018. Written by Cullen Bunn, art by Danny Luckert, color and letters by Marie Enger.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.