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Joe Hill's New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, introduced readers to the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland and the mad man who rules there: Charlie Talent Manx III. Now, in an original new comic miniseries, Hill throws wide the candy cane gates to tell a standalone story that is at once both accessible to new readers and sure to delight fans of the book....

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ISBN : 22859176
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Number of Pages : 172 Pages
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wraith Reviews

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-03-19 06:36

    Well, that was creepy, gory and cray. I didn't expect it any other way! I will have teeth nightmares!

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-02-24 06:31

    Charles Manx IIII wouldn’t say I’ve been intentionally ignoring Joe Hill’s graphic novels, but...well...I have been. He trapped me like a fly in a Brown Recluse Spider web with this one because Wraith is actually a prequel to his outstanding novel NOS4A2. To entice me even further he tells the backstory of the diabolic, Christmasland caretaker, Charles Manx III. Somehow it is so much more stomach churning to think that there were two other Manx’s before this one. Manx drives a Rolls Royce Silver Wraith that is actually a key that takes him through a portal to the place he needs to be. In his case, that generally means he is taken to an abused child who needs to be separated from their parents. Manx induces the child to step into the Wraith and he spirits them away to Christmasland. Are you getting warm and fuzzy feelings? Dispel yourself of them. You know how there are those signs up in towns that proclaim a sister city In Russia, or China, or Thailand? Well if Christmasland is the sister city to Disneyland than Disneyland is in Heaven and Christmasland is in Hell. ChristmaslandSo if you see this guy......showing up with that car and that license plate. Run. Don’t stop for clothes, money, or the family pet just run like the devil is at your heels...because he is. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http://www.jeffreykeeten.comI also have a Facebook blogger page at:

  • Wil Wheaton
    2019-02-26 09:40

    I freaking loved NOS4A2, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Though I bought it in single issues, I didn't get time to read it until the trade came out, and it was completely worth the wait.If you're already familiar with all the characters and the world of NOS4A2, this will be a supremely satisfying visit to Christmasland, with a chilling look back at Charlie Manx's origin. If you're new to the whole thing, I expect that you'll want to pick up NOS4A2 the instant you finish this.

  • Char
    2019-03-06 10:21

    THIS. KICKED. ASS. !!The story, the artwork, it's all top notch. It's a deliciously evil tale which reels you right in, especially if you've already read NOS4A2.If you want to know more about Christmasland, (as I did), or if you want to know more about the Wraith's history, (as I did), grab this graphic novel compilation. It's a visually stunning book and I know I'll be reading this and gazing at the evil Mr. Charles Talent Manx over and over again.My highest recommendation!

  • Patrick
    2019-03-07 10:39

    I read this book not really knowing that it was set in same world as Hill's N0s4A2.It's a well executed comic, as you'd expect from someone who came out of the gate writing Locke and Key. I enjoyed it even though I hadn't read the novel. Two warnings: 1. If you intend to read the novel, I'd do that first. I read the comic first, and though I enjoyed it, when I went on and read the novel, I knew too much about the world already, and it ruined certain elements of the book's pacing for me. 2. This is a good story, or rather series of stories. But it's also dark and emotionally brutal. If you have a problem with violence toward children. You should probably steer clear of this one.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-02-24 10:38

    Holy shiznit!! This is read now on Netgalley.ETA: DAng it!!! I got this book and was so excited. It's one of those you have to download though and I flipping can't see the wording to read it...and I want too!!! ARGGHHHHHHHHH

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-02-20 11:40

    I didn’t know it when I picked it up but apparently The Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland is a sequel/prequel (as in it was published after but the story is set before) to Joe Hill’s prose novel NOS4A2. Like Nosferatu, geddit? Sheesh, what uninspired “cryptic” wordplay. Well, like father, like son, eh Redrum? So I haven’t read NOS4A2 which is why I was quite a bit confused with this book - unless people who have read that novel also found this confusing in which case it was just a mess! Charlie Manx (like Charlie Manson - real imaginative, King Jr!) is a pale, monstrous looking driver of a Rolls-Royce Wraith. He picks up some jailers and their prisoners, takes them to Christmasland for some reason, and then just sort of lets the weird vampiric kids play with them. That’s all, folks!There is a needlessly unpleasant origin story (again, like King Snr!) for Manx, which also reveals him to be a complete moron you couldn’t possibly respect, but it’s unclear just how he came to look so monstrous. He seems to have just been born demonic-looking which is very convenient. Quite how Christmasland came to be is also unclear as is the supernatural Wraith. And the kids as well. Things just happen in this book! What are Manx/the Wraith/Christmasland/the kids’ motives? Why did Manx take the prisoners/jailers to Christmasland in the first place? No idea. Maybe all that’s explained in NOS4A2 even though The Wraith is supposedly a prequel, but the plot is decidedly lacking here. The artist Charles Wilson III does some good work even if some of the character designs are derivative. The kids are wearing My Chemical Romance’s Black Parade era gear for no reason and Manx looks a bit like Sam Lesser from Locke & Key in some panels. Christmasland is so superficially “horror” too. Sad teddy bears, building blocks that spell “DIE”, reindeer with glowing eyes - it’s so corny! It’s lazy creativity that isn’t scary but incredibly bland and stupid. There’s also the least convincing romance ever when the “good” 30/40-something prisoner and the 60+ year old jailer (whose surname is of course Claiborne because we gotta keep referencing Daddy’s more popular books!) fall in love - my eyes nearly rolled out of my head for that one! If it weren’t for some of Wilson’s art and Jay Fotos’ colours, The Wraith would be a total bust. As it is, it’s just a crap comic, ineptly written and plotted and thoroughly uninteresting. Joe Hill does it again!

  • Brandon
    2019-03-04 10:36

    Three jailbirds are being transferred when an escape plan goes horribly wrong. With nowhere left to turn, one of the escapees decides to call in a favor and request the assistance of one Charlie Manx. Manx has a talent for making folks disappear so he offers a solution to their problem – only they may not like where he takes them.I received a free copy from the fine folks at Netgalley for review.The Wraith is a great companion piece to Hill’s 2013 novel, NOS4A2 and expands on what is already a compelling character in Charlie Manx. With The Wraith, Hill delves into Manx’s history, detailing what drove him to become the man he is, the origin of Christmasland while establishing a face to the holly, jolly land of terror.The artistic style of Charles Paul Wilson was very reminiscent of Hill’s long time collaborative partner Gabriel Rodriguez (which of course, is a good thing) – with whom Hill worked with on the critically acclaimed series Locke & Key. Wilson thanks Rodriguez within the acknowledgements so it’s possible he played a hand in the style chosen.If you liked Hill’s NOS4A2, The Wraith is not to be missed. What could’ve easily been a by-the-numbers expansion of the original material feels like a fresh, interesting story from an author who clearly wasn’t done with his creation.Also posted @ Every Read Thing

  • Becky
    2019-03-02 06:23

    Wow. I bought this 2 days after Christmas. Scary! Anyway, this is something of a prequel story to the one that we see in NOS4A2. We see Charlie's beginnings and the beginnings of Christmasland, and learn about the children that live there. It's good stuff, and definitely more than a little creepy. The artwork is great. All the big teeth and black eyes. Awesome. Loved it. It's Joe Hill... what did I expect?

  • Johann (jobis89)
    2019-03-05 05:17

    Wraith is actually a prequel to Joe Hill's novel, NOS4A2/NOS4R2, and what a delightfully creepy story! It opens with a little backstory about Charlie Manx, which was just awesome. I totally wanted to know more about the origins of Charlie Manx. It then quickly switches to the main story, involving two prison guards and a group of convicts who are trying to escape. However, their plans quickly go awry and one of the convicts contacts Charlie Manx - someone who is known for helping people disappear. Little do they know they're on their way to Christmasland...My favourite thing about this graphic novel was, of course, the illustrations. They were mind-blowingly awesome. Often I would just sit and stare in a daze. It was literally like Charles Paul Wilson III crawled into my brain and encapsulated exactly how I imagined Christmasland to be and then put it on the pages. It was beautifully creepy and macabre, and so sinister. I'm in love.The story itself was fun, with some intriguing characters. I had initially gone into this thinking it was basically an interpretation of the book, so I was a bit disappointed to not encounter Vic McQueen etc, but it was nice to actually experience a different Charlie Manx-centric story. Kinda sad it was so short...I wanted it to go on forever! Overall, a nice quick read (but slowed down by ogling the photos) and I highly recommend for all Joe Hill fans.

  • Kealan Burke
    2019-03-16 05:36

    Excellent companion piece to NOS4A2, with suitably ghoulish art and a terrifically entertaining story. Fans of the novel (like me) will dig it.

  • Chris
    2019-02-25 09:40

    I received a free eARC of this book from NetGalley.How cool was that? Joe Hill is one of my favorite authors, both for his graphic novels and his stories of prose. Well, this was a blending of the two. Hill takes a favorite villain from his awesome book NOS4A2 by the name of Charlie Manx and gives us his backstory, in comic form.So yeah. How cool was that? It came out beautifully too. 4.5 star beautiful. The story wasn't quite as good as that in NOS4A2, but it was still pretty damn compelling. And the artwork from Charles Manx Paul Wilson III was pretty spot on brilliant. This stuff was just as creepy in comic form as I pictured it when reading the novel.So a prequel bonus for Joe Hill fans, or a great introduction to his work, this fits the bill. And if you like Easter Eggs....

  • Paul
    2019-03-22 05:28

    Screwed up, disturbing , nasty and terrifying, a great addition to the N0S4A2 book. Not only do we get a back story and a side story but we also get a back story to the back story.The artwork is gory and graphic, reading it definitely worried a few of my fellow train passengers .A great graphic novel in its own right .

  • Holly the Infinite Book Dragon
    2019-03-11 05:16

    This has been on my tbr since October (raddest month of the year) 2014! I added it a few short months after reading NOS4A2, one of my favorite books of all time!I fucking LOVE NOS4A2. With a deep, twisted passion! It was pretty badass to see Charlie Manx & the story of Christmasland visually. I didn't find this as creepy as NOS4A2, but it was delightfully macabre all the same!Highly recommend Joe Hill for those of you yet to read him. I would definitely read NOS4A2 first, before getting into the graphic novel. This would give too much of the twists & turns away!

  • Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
    2019-03-23 13:22

    I haven't read the book NOS4A2 by Joe Hill - this comics is a prequel, or a sequel, not sure - but it's not necessary to have read it to understand this. I guess that, as usual, the ones who did read NOS4A2 would find it better or at least would take great delight in spotting the links between the two.That said, I liked it. It was very seedy but knowing Hill's work, I wasn't surprised that it was... I enjoyed reading this. I didn't enjoy it as you enjoy a good dessert or a sunny afternoon after a long and cold winter but I did like you sometimes enjoy reading about sordid stories in the papers. Because sometimes you want to spend a moment in SickLand. The more accurate would be to say I was a bit hypnotised by it. By all the wicked things going out of Joe Hill's brain. Because that might be a fucking scary place to be!So, not mindblowing for me, but as every Hill stuff, it lets a mark on you, if not in your heart in your guts. It's not what we can call a very cheerful feeling, it's often quite depressing, but it's there. It stays. And for me, it means it definitely has some substantial quality.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-03-04 13:23

    I did not read Hill's NOSA42, to which Wraith is a kind of prequel, I am told, an introduction to crazy Charlie Manx and his crazy horror scene, Christmasland, with all of his "babies," children psychos. This is Manx's dreamland, to which he takes people in his Wraith, his Rolls. This is a spare tale for back story, so the art takes the stage, and a bloody stage it is. I would say there is not really much more than a story's worth back story here… and an epilogue, but it feels sort if thin. I mean, his series Locke and Key develops characters and relationships in its horrorscape, and Wraith does less so here; it does give you some back story especially up front and at the end, and that stuff is chilling, but the substance of it, the depth compared to the slashery feels less to me. This feels like batshit crazy horror, and a wild ride, but correct me if I am wrong, but not as rich as some King/Hill horror can be in terms of human depth. I liked it, tuned the pages, read it fast, and it's good horror, and it's visually fun, and Charlie enters the pantheon of horror as a new crazy good character, but it doest yet achieve greatness. Maybe coupled with the novel? But you know, I'm not a real horror fan, not really. I read this because I liked Locke and Key, but this feels like here the Beast itself takes center stage, whereas the family and the complex key world took precedence in Locke.

  • Eat.Sleep.Lift.Read.
    2019-03-13 10:23

    The fact that I felt I needed to read this after finishing NOS4A2, could be seen as detriment to the latter book. I loved NOS4A2 but I still felt hungry. Surely that's a good thing, cries you...yes and no.Sure enough, it was nice to revisit Christmas land but why should I have to? Surely the mouse crusher that was NOS4A2 could/should have given me enough...I still don't know (and to be honest I don't give a shit) why this Manx back story wasn't included in the original book. I loved NOS4A2 and I enjoyed these 'graphic' novels immensely.

  • soɯɐsɟp
    2019-03-07 05:20

    ¡B r u t a l!Dibujo sucio acorde con la historia, cargado de detalles (al igual que la historia). Si os gustó NOS4A2, es de obligada lectura que leáis este WRAITH, La historia de Manx.Nota: He de releer NOS4A2. ¡Que regustillo más güeno m'ha dejao! <3

  • Lisa
    2019-02-21 10:32

    Review Posted from Tenacious Reader: book is so messed up. But, in all the best imaginable ways I think.I went into this with some expectations. I have read NOS4A2 and the thought of getting a backstory that focused on Charlie “Talent” Manx III and Christmasland was quite exciting. I also love Joe Hill’s Locke and Key graphic novels, so, easy to assume, I really expected to enjoy this one as well.And well I did. But I also have to admit, it was even creepier than I expected. I know Christmasland is creepy as hell. I know Charlie Manx is creepy as hell. But somehow, seeing someone else’s images of them gave this a little extra creep factor than I would have achieved if left to my own devices. That’s why I’m not professional illustrator! I just don’t know that my imagination can do quite as good of job as this.It was definitely interesting getting Charlie Manx and Christmasland’s origin story. To see Manx before he became what we know him to be in NOS4A2 (a delusional, fanatical sociopath? I don’t know. I’m not a psychiatrist, but something about Manx is crazy and messed up), growing up, getting married, having kids (?!?!). Being relatively close to normal. That is, for a while anyway. Wouldn’t be much of a story otherwise.In addition to Manx’s story, we also get the story of a group of inmates and their guards that were being transported in a van. Well, as you can imagine, things don’t go well for this group. There is one inmate who we get additional backstory on. I really enjoyed this story line. It gave us a bit of sweetness amidst the creepiness.The final chapter in this is done in a completely different style. More text and the images are old school illustration style, not at all the creepy scary stuff we had so far. I was a bit skeptical when I started this section, but actually came around and really enjoyed it as well. And, once again, it gave me something a bit unexpected.So, if you are a fan of Charlie Talent Manx, NOS4A2, creepy Christmasland, or even if you are new to these, and are not deterred by the illustrations, this is one hell of a creeptastic graphic novel and I’d definitely recommend it!

  • Alondra
    2019-02-21 05:26

    *The most beautiful book ever; nothing like creepy-ass kids to put fear in your heart!!*5 StarsIf you loved NOS4A2, then you will love this graphic novel. The visuals come to life. I couldn't ask for anything more.... except for more.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-03-17 11:11

    Bullet Review:I'm guessing this may be one of those comics that is better after you've read the first medium upon which it is based.It's okay - not for the faint of heart!

  • Kike Sandman
    2019-03-06 09:40

    Tremendo comic. Precuela de la novela NOS4A2, la cual recomiendo leer antes para apreciar aun más esta historia.No se porque me da que no será la última vez que tengamos noticias del Sr. Manx

  • Abbie
    2019-03-15 10:19

    I freaking love this! The horrific graphics and storyline made me stay up all night.

  • Abel
    2019-03-09 13:25

    Es una pedazo de historia. Después de todo lo que disfruté con 'NOS4A2' temía que este comic no estuviera a la altura, pero nada de eso. Pedazo de comic, señores. Léanlo.

  • Anthony Vacca
    2019-03-03 11:15

    A fun and mostly sound prologue to Joe Hill's novel NOS4A2, this comic book details what happens when a trio of desperate convicts try to bully Charlie Manx into harboring them from justice. It's not a spoiler to say that they die terribly. The real joy of this book is its extended visit to the infernal Christmasland, which is energetically rendered by Charles Paul Wilson III. The grindhouse fare is bookmarked first by an extended monologue by Manx which details his humble beginnings, and then by a second-person prose account from the swindler who helped make Christmasland a reality. The one issue that irks is the inconsistency between Manx's backstory described in the novel and the probably unintentional retconning on display here.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-02-23 11:20

    A graphic novel set in the world of "NOS4A2." I haven't yet read the novel, but I felt that this worked perfectly well as a stand-alone piece.The first part sets the scene: Charlie Manx, as a boy, suffered trauma and escaped into a twisted world of the imagination. Later in life, after suffering crushing disappointments, he regains this world in the form of a creepy amusement park called Christmasland. (Believe me, this place makes anything Tim Burton has dreamed up look like good clean, innocent fun.) Now, as an evil chauffeur, he kidnaps children and takes them to this perverse funhouse, where they are somehow transformed...The main part of the story (originally #2-#6 in the comic miniseries) introduces the reader to a group of convicts and their two prison guards. An attempted escape gone wrong lands them in Christmasland - a place very definitely worse than jail. Surprisingly effective, complex characterization mixes with bloody gore and nastiness...The epilogue is presented as more of an illustrated story than in full graphic format. It circles 'round to the beginning again, telling the story of the con man who unthinkingly destroyed Charlie Manx's life. It was actually my favorite part of the story - although all of it was pretty good. I wasn't sure if I was going to read NOS4A2 or not, because funhouse/holiday/clown horror isn't really my genre - but after reading this, I'm sold. I'll get the book!Just a note - so far, of Joe Hill's work, I've read 'Heart-Shaped Box' and seen the film version of 'Horns.' Both, I felt, weren't particularly Stephen King-esque. However, 'The Wraith' felt very very very much like Stephen King's work. I would recommend it to any King fan.An advance copy of this graphic novel was provided for review through NetGalley. Many thanks for the opportunity to read - as always, my opinions are my own.

  • Joe
    2019-03-14 09:14

    I maintain that there are two types of readers:1. Those who love Joe Hill.2. Those who haven't read Joe Hill yet.I am once again blown away by this terrific horror author. This graphic novel is essentially a prequel to his novel "Nos4a2". The expanded story of "Christmasland" and the terrors who live there will make you simultaneously smile and cringe if you're anything like me. Rich characterization and gorgeous art work make this a special treat. I usually hate prequels. But now I officially love two of them (Temple of Doom people!)

  • Gavin
    2019-02-28 10:13

    Interesting, but not amazing, I will still check out NOS4A2 because everyone I know gave it 5 stars...and Wil Wheaton, who was kind enough to friend me on Goodreads.I was more interested in the characters than Christmasland itself...the art reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are, but that could have been the teeth...Horror folks might enjoy this more, so Lono, giv'er.

  • Marc-Antoine
    2019-03-15 06:14

    So far I have loved everything associated to Joe Hill, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. A nice prelude to NOS4A2, I especially liked the Epilogue, which could of been a stand alone in itself!

  • CarlyPatrick
    2019-03-14 12:33

    TREMENDA OBRA!!!Cada creación que leo de Hill es increíble y termina impresionándome.Espectro es como una precuela de N0S4A2, pero sin duda debe leerse después de la novela para sacarle todo el jugo. Todo acá es maravilloso, la historia atrapa, es cruel y ya desde las primeras páginas te da unos puñetazos de violencia y sangre bárbaros con un lenguaje acorde y más duro de lo esperado.Las ilustraciones y el color son una pasada y es que yo me pasaba minutos observando cada detalle y hasta algunos guiños que se disfrutan indescriptiblemente. Como dice el refrán "de casta le viene al galgo", se nota a kilómetros que es hijo de uno de los grandes y me atrevo a decir que supera al padre en violencia dentro de sus obras.