Dead/Alive Issue 3
Dead/Alive, Issue 3 is the third part of IDW’s Dead/Alive miniseries, in which Kenneth Carter and Christabella LaRoache keep roaming through Silent Hill.
At the end of Issue 2 Kenneth and Christabella meet Ike Isaacs while running away from the creatures. Ike is the creator of the paintings about Silent Hill that Kenneth has in the real world. With him is Bear, Kenneth’s missing dog. Now, with Ike’s weaponry and the child’s powers, the four of them dispatch the horde of monsters coming after Kenneth and Christabella. During the battle, she notices how Kenneth changes when he’s fighting (he shows a violent, thirsty for blood face she likes). Meanwhile, in the real world, Jessica Aldrich’s autopsy reveals she wasn’t killed by the axe wound; someone, or something, ate her. The story focuses now on Connie Mills, kidnapped and unable to speak because of the witch Lenora, who retains her. Connie is described here as “the empty vessel”, soon to be filled, though Lenora doesn’t say with what (or by who). She talks about Kenneth as “he who waits”, too. On Silent Hill, the kid and the two men share a little talk: Ike tells them he’s there because Lauryn LaRoache sent him to find an object and give it to Kenneth. Lauryn already told him about Christabella, too, and his mistrust towards her is blatant along the story. Christabella tells them then about a book that they could use to stop Lenora; the book that gave the power to her sister Lauryn. So the group decide to find whatever object Ike’s got to take and the book to fight Lenora. As they walk they find themselves in the middle of a festival made in honor of Lenora (“the anointed one”); a festival of blood, creatures and gore everywhere. Ike obtains the item he was sent to find: a powerful knife, that is said to be a stealer of souls. Ike cuts himself accidentally and the blood atracts the monsters towards them. Once again, they fight, and Kenneth’s appearance changes as well into a more sadistic one. Lenora makes her entry now, pleased to see the violent side of Kenneth.
She offers him the chance to know the truth about his past and tells him what’s been happening in the real world: Kenneth has murdered another person, maybe two (the detective investigating Jessica’s murder and the pathologist who made the autopsy), that making three killings by his hands. And that’s what she wants, so he can be her (and her superiors’s) emissary in the real world. She also reveals Connie, chained to a wooden structure with a giant clock and under a spell that holds her “hollow”, lacking of soul and mind. Lenora gives then Kenneth an ultimatum: he has to choose one victim between Christabella, Connie and Bear or else the three will die. He only has until midnight to decide.