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War breaks out in New Orleans as multiple crime families fight over a new designer drug made from the ashes of the dead. “The Ash” is the hottest new drug in the Big Easy, and there’s only one way to get it: the Winters, an upstart crime family that pioneered the drug made from the ashes of the dead. But with multiple other factions moving in on their territory with deadly War breaks out in New Orleans as multiple crime families fight over a new designer drug made from the ashes of the dead. “The Ash” is the hottest new drug in the Big Easy, and there’s only one way to get it: the Winters, an upstart crime family that pioneered the drug made from the ashes of the dead. But with multiple other factions moving in on their territory with deadly results, just how long can Grace Winters and her children hold on to the lucrative trade? Eisner Award-nominated author Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Empty Man) and illustrator Jonas Scharf (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) continue their critically-acclaimed blend of horror and crime in Bone Parish Volume Two, as the Winters family discovers the true depths they’ll go to protect the fragile business they’ve built.


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War breaks out in New Orleans as multiple crime families fight over a new designer drug made from the ashes of the dead. “The Ash” is the hottest new drug in the Big Easy, and there’s only one way to get it: the Winters, an upstart crime family that pioneered the drug made from the ashes of the dead. But with multiple other factions moving in on their territory with deadly War breaks out in New Orleans as multiple crime families fight over a new designer drug made from the ashes of the dead. “The Ash” is the hottest new drug in the Big Easy, and there’s only one way to get it: the Winters, an upstart crime family that pioneered the drug made from the ashes of the dead. But with multiple other factions moving in on their territory with deadly results, just how long can Grace Winters and her children hold on to the lucrative trade? Eisner Award-nominated author Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Empty Man) and illustrator Jonas Scharf (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) continue their critically-acclaimed blend of horror and crime in Bone Parish Volume Two, as the Winters family discovers the true depths they’ll go to protect the fragile business they’ve built.

30 review for Bone Parish, Vol. 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    This series about a family selling drugs made from the bones of the dead is the equivalence of literary crack. The Ash allows you to relive the life of who the drug is made from or allow you to revisit a dead loved one depending on the strain. This is some of Bunn's best worldbuilding. There's also 2 rival drug cartel's trying to move in on The Winters' business. The art and coloring are top notch as well. It's a series I'm absolutely ripping through. Highly recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Vol. 1 ★★★★★ Vol. 2 ★★★★★ It had been a while since I read volume 1 of this series, so I was a bit worried I'd have forgotten too much, but volume 2 does such a good job of picking up and dropping little reminder clues without being obnoxious or repetitive, I didn't have any trouble at all! I think the art in this series is really nice — I don't usually like very realistic art in graphic novels, but it works so well here — and the plot is so engaging that I was shocked when I reached the end becau Vol. 1 ★★★★★ Vol. 2 ★★★★★ It had been a while since I read volume 1 of this series, so I was a bit worried I'd have forgotten too much, but volume 2 does such a good job of picking up and dropping little reminder clues without being obnoxious or repetitive, I didn't have any trouble at all! I think the art in this series is really nice — I don't usually like very realistic art in graphic novels, but it works so well here — and the plot is so engaging that I was shocked when I reached the end because it felt like I'd barely gotten started. The horror element is low here and it definitely leans more dark fantasy/crime noir than anything else, but it's a nice mix and I highly recommend it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    The family drama-drug related story continues here. This is a lot of back and forth, learning multiple families, and of course getting down to business on who will take over the drug. This one is all build up but each piece of the puzzle to push the plot forward all begins to come together. While I lack the emotional connection to these characters, I'm really enjoying the world building and overall plot. A nice step up from the last volume.

  4. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    This volume adds more depth to the conflict to come. Now everyone wants to get at the Winters: the Mexican cartel, Simon Lamont's organization, the FBI. The plot thickens toward what will likely be a major event. (view spoiler)[Brae negotiates with a biker gang for the protection of his family. After the death of their man at Grace's hands, the Mexican cartel is now led by Leticia, the dead man's sister. The Mexican cartel tries to reverse engineer Ash while Grace has Brigitte manufacture a speci This volume adds more depth to the conflict to come. Now everyone wants to get at the Winters: the Mexican cartel, Simon Lamont's organization, the FBI. The plot thickens toward what will likely be a major event. (view spoiler)[Brae negotiates with a biker gang for the protection of his family. After the death of their man at Grace's hands, the Mexican cartel is now led by Leticia, the dead man's sister. The Mexican cartel tries to reverse engineer Ash while Grace has Brigitte manufacture a special batch of Ash that puts her husband Andre's consciousness into her. Also she looks into other ways of creating Ash by using the essence of the man who worked with the inventor of Ash. (hide spoiler)]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    I just adore this series. It's so unique a concept and it captures the feel of the area so perfectly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    I can see why this won the Bram Stoker award in 2018....it should win for 2019 too. Breaking Bad meets Supernatural.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #5 | #6 | #7 | #8 Total review score: 2.63 Individual issue reviews: #5 | #6 | #7 | #8 Total review score: 2.63

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review (and V3) can be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2020/01/0... This book opens with the funeral of Wade, the youngest of the four Winter siblings, who was killed by a rival cartel who wants to take over the Winter’s ash business. You see the guilt, resentment, and anger that the surviving family members harbor, as they all cope in different ways. Unfortunately, this tragedy doesn’t seem to bring them together, instead, it drives them farther apart. Brigitte works on develo This review (and V3) can be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2020/01/0... This book opens with the funeral of Wade, the youngest of the four Winter siblings, who was killed by a rival cartel who wants to take over the Winter’s ash business. You see the guilt, resentment, and anger that the surviving family members harbor, as they all cope in different ways. Unfortunately, this tragedy doesn’t seem to bring them together, instead, it drives them farther apart. Brigitte works on developing a new strain of ash in her laboratory to punish those that killed Wade and want to take over their business, while other cartel scientists try to create ash themselves with horrifying results. New villains are introduced while the Winters family struggles to stay ahead of the game. I find the family dynamics fascinating- as Grace treats her daughter Brigitte with an icy aloofness as there seems to be no mother/daughter bond, Brae shows only disdain towards Leon whom he blames for Wade’s death while also being cruel to his sister and mother. Only Leon shows compassion for his family as he is the one that remembers that their dead father told them that family loyalty was all-important. As we work towards the conclusion, the reader can’t help but observe that creating this drug and building the drug empire is dooming their family. The art and coloring remain as strong as ever. The visuals at the funeral tugged at your heartstrings, along with the monstrous consequences for the people who ingested the bogus ash from a rival cartel. The layouts of the panels guided you through the story, with effective coloring to show flashbacks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Václav

    Three criminal organisations, one "dust" drug from dead people and a lot of intrigues. Killing, torturing, betraying, scheming and all that crime stuff we usually like. The second book is about building the final storm. I enjoyed that, though it's nothing I'm excited about.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael J.

    The brutality and gruesomeness of Volume One now seem a bit tame compared to what occurs in Volume Two, the second act of Bone Parish. It's a devilishly clever set-up for what is sure to be a climatic showdown in the final Volume Three. The shadowy figure in a Baron Samedi-like hat and deaths-head face paint from Volume One returns to hang around in the background of several key scenes like a patient Grim Reaper. The realistic art throughout is incredible, and the ink and color team really excel The brutality and gruesomeness of Volume One now seem a bit tame compared to what occurs in Volume Two, the second act of Bone Parish. It's a devilishly clever set-up for what is sure to be a climatic showdown in the final Volume Three. The shadowy figure in a Baron Samedi-like hat and deaths-head face paint from Volume One returns to hang around in the background of several key scenes like a patient Grim Reaper. The realistic art throughout is incredible, and the ink and color team really excel at enhancing the story-telling. Color choices shift from monochromatic schemes to vivid colors depending on the action and backgrounds. Flashbacks are done in either a single hue or black and white for maximum effect. Following the funeral of Wade Winters, the rest of the family move on from their grief with revenge, opportunity, and business expansion on their minds. Burly Brae makes a deal with a biker gang for protection and more. The cartel preps for retaliation against the Winters. Matriarch Grace Winters asks daughter chemist Brigette to make a new strain of ash that will work like the Andre version did, and earn them premium prices. Not just to see pieces of a dead person's past life, but to be able to interact with them- - like a ghost raised at a seance. Meanwhile the crime boss wants the Ash drug to be reverse-engineered so they can sell it cheap, drive down prices, and force the Winters to sell. A new intriguing character in Fionna Herron, a special agent investing the Winters and the disappearance of two detectives finds her family threatened and receives a special gift on her doorstop -- a vial of Ash derived from the exhumed body of her young son, sending her into a fit of depression as she contemplates what to do with it. The reverse-engineered drug has some nasty side effects that are quite horrific. I won't spoil it by revealing anymore. The NYC crime gang and Mexican cartel may be meeting to join forces against the Winters just as the biker gang ambushes the cartel and Leticia (the cartel boss) decides to get what she wants by seducing Brae Winter. Act Three is definitely going to be a killer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    I was intrigued by Bone Parish Vol. 1, but the jam-packed nature of the volume made it hard to handle. Fortunately, this second volume lets the characters breathe a bit. Plus, we meet a few interesting newbies: Leticia, sibling of the drug kingpin murdered in volume one, and Mysterious Guy in Hat, fixer for the New York crime boss. Affairs escalate in the bloodiest of manners. The mystical elements of Ash take a backseat to horror elements as the New York folks discover a method for making Ash t I was intrigued by Bone Parish Vol. 1, but the jam-packed nature of the volume made it hard to handle. Fortunately, this second volume lets the characters breathe a bit. Plus, we meet a few interesting newbies: Leticia, sibling of the drug kingpin murdered in volume one, and Mysterious Guy in Hat, fixer for the New York crime boss. Affairs escalate in the bloodiest of manners. The mystical elements of Ash take a backseat to horror elements as the New York folks discover a method for making Ash that mutates the user into a monster. Cool! Creepy! Very concerned about how this is all going to turn out with each faction gearing up for war at the end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Shay

    While I enjoyed this volume, it felt like not a whole lot happened. Most of the plot was happening in the background, between the two main gangs trying to challenge the Winters' hold over Ash. It's building to something, and I think the third volume will make up in action what was lacking in this one. There's an interesting plot building regarding reverse-engineered Ash, and a very specific strain made for Grace that's being looked into, but each of these things were just lightly touched on, one While I enjoyed this volume, it felt like not a whole lot happened. Most of the plot was happening in the background, between the two main gangs trying to challenge the Winters' hold over Ash. It's building to something, and I think the third volume will make up in action what was lacking in this one. There's an interesting plot building regarding reverse-engineered Ash, and a very specific strain made for Grace that's being looked into, but each of these things were just lightly touched on, one per chapter almost, so you don't get anything beyond a taste of what's coming.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Villain E

    The Winters family deals with the loss of Wade. Brae continues to butt heads with his mother over control of the family business. The Mexican cartel sends in someone new. And the New York group tries to make their own ash with horrific results. The art and writing continue to be good. There are a lot of rapid scene changes, but I was able to keep up, which isn't always the case. The Winters family took some actions in this one which made them less sympathetic for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    The second chapter of the mafia/supernatural mashup from Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf continues to lean too heavily on the family mafia drama. While its interesting, its nothing close to the intrigue around "Ash". Readers are still woefully in the dark about it. Scharf's art is a really good match for the book and has some stellar panels. Overall, the book needs more time dealing with the supernatural side to round the book out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Chang

    Goodness, I had no idea I was getting myself into such a good series! I was so involved with the story that I actually shrieked and jumped out of my chair when the phone rang. Such an interesting story! I've never heard anything like it before! And the graphics are wonderfully gruesome. I love it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna Heidick

    Good second volume. This story, its world and characters continue to be engrossing and intriguing!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Cliffhangery Cliffhanger. I liked the monstrosity in this volume, but the story was just not as deeply explored as it could have been.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    Still a pretty interesting idea, and we get a good creep factor when a bad batch of Ash made by counterfeits turns up. Don't really care about any of the characters, but the plot is pretty good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    GooseberryCompote

    Cliffhanger!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Scott Waldie

    This volume really ramps up the conflict and presents some frightening new angles to the story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    John

    Why fear ghosts when you've already got the living to worry about?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nomad nimrod

    Meh, pretty boring.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lanesha

  25. 4 out of 5

    T.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erica

  28. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nate

  30. 4 out of 5

    Yamen

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