First published back in December of 1992, issue twenty-two of Epic Comics’ serial adaptation of Clive Barker’s ‘Nightbreed’ sported the subtitle ‘The Mad God Baphomet: Part Two’.

The first four issues of the ‘Nightbreed’ comics closely followed the storyline of the film, only slightly veering away from it with minor details.  The twenty-one issues that followed continued on with the Nightbreed legacy – creating whole new spin-off storylines that would eventually bring in aspects from some of Barker’s other work.

This issue formed the second part in the ‘The Mad God Baphomet’ two-part mini-series.

DLS Synopsis:
With their God – Baphomet – in a state of lost paralysis, Ozymandias now had the rule over the Nightbreed. The self-made Nightbreed god was not going to follow the same lore Baphomet set down. Under his new rule, the Breed would feast on meat. Meat from the Naturals.

Ozymandias’s High Priest - Kushnir Day – would find a suitable offering for their first feast. A nearby community of Naturals would be perfect for the first sacrificial feast. This would provide plenty of meat for the beast.

However, although trapped in the mindscape, Cabal is unwilling to stay down and succumb to Ozymandias’s oppression. The self-made god may have convinced the majority of the Nightbreed, but there were some left who knew what Ozymandias promised was a wash of lies.

Lori held the secret in her dreams. In her mindscape, Cabal had the answers. A history between Ozymandias and Baphomet and a long-ago ancestor of Shuna Sassi. It would be a risky confrontation – but one they must attempt. Otherwise, no one would be able to stop Ozymandias. And their god Baphomet will be defeated once and for all.

The Nightbreed cannot let that happen. No matter what…

DLS Review:
Author and Chatterer Cenobite – Nicholas Vince returns with the second instalment within this two-part Nightbreed mini-series. The first part was, if I’m honest, somewhat of a jumbled quagmire of ideas scattered across a loosely fitting backstory.

Now, in this second part of the mini-series, Vince pulls it all together, with an entertaining Nightbreed storyline which draws upon all those classic Nightbreed elements – internal struggle, repression, deceit, misrepresentation, history and the bringing forth of a true saviour to the Breed.

The pacing of the comic is far better than the staggered affair of the previous instalment. This is no doubt largely due to a lot of the plot devices having now been established. We’re instead thrust straight into the thick of the action and Vince just gets straight to it.

This is perhaps one of the more adult offerings from the entire Nightbreed series. We’ve got torture and mutilation depicted at various points throughout the comic, as well as a pretty rambunctious Nightbreed orgy. Yeah, we’ve got it all here.

The conclusion to the two-part story is, in the end, pretty quick, and feels cut short by a lack of pages to see the ending through. Nevertheless, it’s still a thoroughly entertaining piece and a satisfying chunk of backstory for Baphomet and the Nightbreed story.

The comic runs for a total of 28 pages. Strangely, this comic doesn’t include a page for the usual ‘Breeding Ground’ readers’ letters.

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