Have reviewed my last post on the first volume of this storyline I didn't make it obvious that Clive Barker is credited as co-writer. He created the Cenobites in a book called The Hellbound Heart which was then roughly used to make the first Hellraiser film which he directed as well, he didn't write Hellraiser II which introduced the vision of Hell ruled over by the mysterious diamond shaped entity, the "Leviathan" but it appears to have had its blessing considering it's an integral part of these comics. Unfortunately this minseries directly follows a prior out-of-print one, which gave us original series heroine Kirsty Cotton as a High Priestess of Hell along with original "Pinhead" Elliott Spencer. They are now confined to a small globe, acting out memories over and over. The new High Priest of Hell is an ex-private investigator called Harry D'Amour who got his own paranormal team together including Tiffany, the girl Kirsty saved in the second film. Somehow he has ended up the "Pontifex" and has discovered that the Hell he manages is planning to invade the mortal realm. He's already recruited Tiffany to his cause, though one of her team was lost in a tangle with an "Eremite" and now he has his own plans in motion while fending off assassination attempts from the human realm and, as we find out in this collection, from the Other Hells. So lets crack on.
We begin with Rajeev, Tiffany's group's member who died in volume one being resurrected by an Eremite. Lacking in skin, the Eremite orders Rajeev to solve the puzzle box which summons Harry who restores his skin and tells him he has a job for him to do.
|Harry recruits Rajeev.|
Harry: "...Or one with a bunch of circles, or whatever. Don't ask me for specifics, we're along way from Sunday School".
We then cut to later on as one of the men in the group is aghast that Harry ordered them to stand down and he'll take care of them. They debate if he can be trusted, if he is the same Harry they knew before he became Hell's pope.
That night the Children of Lost Salvation are having a ceremony. Amongst their numbers is Rajeev. He opens the puzzle box and summons many Cenobites led by the female one. But there is a catch, Tiffany and Co. have drawn the "Glyph of the Solutent" which strips them of invulnerability.
|Lets you and he fight.|
Later the leader of the Children reopens the box summoning the Cenobites but this time they are ready for them. They fight and the female Cenobite escapes back through the Hell portal to get reinforcements. Harry is giving a somewhat unethusiastic speech to the gathered hordes when the female Cenobite arrives and tells him, "demons from another Hell have defiled our Lord's halls".
Thankful for the interruption, Harry follows her back to where the Children are. He recognises the leader as "Butterfield". He and Harry crossed paths in the past and Butterfield wants revenge. Harry realises they have "talismans", ie: crosses to protect them from Hell's attacks. But he has one as well, meaning they are at an impasse.
|Harry D'Amour and his trusty firearm.|
Tiffany and Co. say they want some answers from Harry, no "bullshit". He says it's a bad time and tries to leave but he is stuck in a summoning circle. "Your timing is awful" he says and we return to the battle between the rest of the Cenobites and the Children. As they fight, Butterfield gazes upon the Leviathan saying "the objective is in sight."
Somewhat under duress, Harry tells them he resurrected Rajeev to bring Cenobites into the world so they could kill demons. Utilising the Cenobites thusly "seemed like a good idea at the time". Irritated that they won't set him free he fires his gun at them though Tiffany pushes his target out of the way and she shoots him in the torso.
Harry: "Everyone gives me shit about the gun. You have no idea how often it comes in handy".
Rajeev appeals to him wanting to know why he made him a monster. Harry says he didn't want to see him undergo an eternity of damnation. Then suddenly something starts forcing the half open portal to Hell open and urgently Harry says they need to set him free, "or we're all dead."
|Harry does some fast talking.|
Theo, of the human contingent attacks the Raparee with a knife, but it swats him to one side. Harry tosses him the cross to protect himself with, but then the Raparee's attention is drawn to him. "oh.. shit" he says. The Raparee gets trapped in the binding circle as well. Theo goes to erase it, but Harry just tells him to rub out the glyph. Using petrol and a match, another of Tiffany's group, Norton, burns the Raparee up.
|Defeating the Reparee.|
Which we don't hear because the action cuts to the conflict in the Cenobite Hell. They are having to fall back because they can't attack the invaders. The invading demons are moving the bodies of the Cenobite dead around, at first they can't figure out why, then the female Cenobite realises they are marking out a massive Glyph of the Solutent around Leviathan.
Harry confirms to Tiffany's group that the invaders want to assassinate Leviathan. Norton says they have talismans, a demon killing knife and a Cenobite army, lets use them tactically. They assault the leaders of the Children and take them out bar Butterfield who grabs Theo and holds a knife to his throat saying he wants escorting back to the escape portal.
|Butterfield tries to escape.|
Butterfield's other arm gets ripped off and Harry says he will kill him after "lots of torture." Tiffany's group make their way back to the mortal world, but Tiffany is deep in thought as the others debate the helping of one Hell against another. The others go through the portal and then Tiffany, using the puzzle box, shuts it with herself still in Hell.
Tiffany: "Kirsty... I'm going to get you out of here."
Butterfield is being tortured by Cenobites who want to know why he was sent to kill Harry. Butterfield doesn't seem too bothered and grins that "I know something you don't." Then Tiffany appears from behind and using the mystic knife, kills Butterfield's tormenters. She asks him where Kirsty he is, he'll say he isn't going to tell her, but he will show her. So she frees him after her threats to torture it out of him has him laughing in her face.
|Tiffany breaks Butterfield out.|
As Tiffany and Butterfield make their way through the labyrinth, he transforms into a worm like being saying he'll need a new form for the fight to come. They arrive at the room where all the memory globe prisons are being kept. She peeks inside Kirsty and Elliott's and they are currently enacting a memory of Elliott's.
Tiffany appears to them both and they recognise her. She and Kirsty run from Elliott. Kirsty tells Tiffany that Elliott's powers now come from another Hell. Tiffany tries to keep him at bay with the demon killing knife, but it doesn't work in the mind prison. He then slashes Tiffany's throat with it and Kirsty yells that she is going to kill him. He then puts his hands round Kirsty's throat and says he'll kill her, she says fine go ahead.
And suddenly the three of them are out of the mind prison and back in Cenobite hell. Kirsty says she spent all that time trying to break out, "when all I needed to do was give up". And she hugs Tiffany. Harry arrives on the scene and Tiffany angrily asks why he didn't tell her where he was holding Kirsty all this time.
He says he didn't tell her because he knew he would try and rescue her and "because of what might happen if you succeeded." A huge hole opens in the floor and Elliott collapses in pain. Then he arises, transformed into some hellish new type of demon as Harry says "I did tell you".
|Elliott and Kirsty are free, but at what cost?|