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Hellraiser Comics Revisited
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Hellraiser Comics Revisited | Closets
Closets

Words and pictures by: Larry Wachowski and Miran Kim

Published in: Hellraiser #9 (1991)

On the other side of the coin to Wordsworth, there are the stories that very much subscribe to the formula that they must involve the puzzlebox, and that it's not Hellraiser if Pinhead doesn't show up (or someone like him). Closets is a good example of over-familiarity not necessarily being a bad thing: you can still improvise around a formula. 

The Hellraiser comics were a creative outlet for Larry Wachowski a decade before a little movie called The Matrix. He wrote several other stories for the anthology series, including a holiday special (yes, there was a Hellraiser Holiday Special - it wasn't like the Star Wars one though) and an ambitious three-part political piece based on the cenobites trying to engineer a fascist dictatorship in newly post-Apartheid South Africa. It's mad but it actually sort of works.

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