In the week leading up to the 2017 Will Eisner Awards voting deadline this Friday, the Comics Beat will feature a series of “For Your Consideration” posts highlighting a number of the nominees as a celebration of their well-deserved acknowledgement. We’ll feature some never-before-seen behind the scenes content and some of the books’ gorgeous interiors. We encourage all of our readers to check these titles out and all of the eligible comics industry members to vote for the titles they think best exemplify what make comics great.
There’s an intensity to Clean Room that few other horror comics out there can match. While it’s not as viscerally terrifying and certainly not as graphically gory as other books on the shelf, Clean Room still manages to spark a potent sense of tension and dread as its core mysteries are slowly unraveled.
The book, which is written by Gail Simone, drawn by Jon Davis-Hunt, and published by Vertigo, follows the questions surrounding a self-help organization led by a woman named Astrid Mueller. No one is certain whether the group she leads is a legitimate path to salvation or a cult of damnation, but journalist Chloe Pierce knows that her fiance killed himself only a few months after joining Mueller’s group. She’s determined to find out why.
Clean Room is up for the Eisner award for Best New Series. The series’ letterer, Todd Klein, is up for the award for Best Lettering.
Vertigo provided the Beat with a selection of interiors from Clean Room that capture the gripping nature of the series. Additionally, take a special look at the character designs for the series, originally released in Clean Room Vol. 1.
Check out of all of our 2017 Eisner coverage.