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Welcome to Hoxford

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  549 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Raymond Delgado isn't well. He's the newest inmate at the Hoxford Correctional Facility and Mental Institution. He has no hope of release, parole, rehabilitation, or decent conversation. On a good day, he'll tell you he's Zeus and only bite your arm off. Literally. On a bad day, you won't have time to scream to the prison guard for help. But Dr. Jessica Ainley, his doctor ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by IDW Publishing
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to ᴥ Irena ᴥ by: Paul Nelson
Shelves: scribd, gn, horror

There are no likeable characters in Welcome to Hoxford.

The protagonist Raymond Delgado is as crazy as one can get and the rest of the prisoners who are transferred with him to the Hoxford Correctional Facility and Mental Institution are even worse: a murderer paedophile, a multiple rapist and a murderer, a necrophiliac and so on.
There isn't a single character in the whole story you would feel sorry if they die. Well, maybe the doctor since she is persistent and all.

What is going on inside Ho
The basic idea here is very simple, do not get sent here!

Hoxford is a new generation insane asylum/prison/correction facility...the place of no return, where those who are seen as to dangerous or to insane for normal prisons are shipped of. To never see the sunlight again.

Because normal prisons are to full and to expensive and government just don't want to deal with those people they pass a law giving Hoxford, a private institution, full autonomy to take care of the 'problem'

People who end up
Paul Nelson
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Deeply dark and disturbing but intriguing in equal measures as we see inside Hoxford, an asylum for the criminally insane with mysterious links to a Russian corporation. Meet the worst of the worst, those marked down as never to be released and at Hoxford you never get out, you may not even survive.
This is Ben Templesmith at his best and you won't find horror depicted any better any where else, these are proper werewolves, not twilight werewolves and with teeth that wouldn't look out of place on
Dec 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I like werewolves. I have to admit they're not as sexy as vampires. It's hard to make something appealing about turning into a blood thirsty killing machine under a full moon. Drinking blood and luring young virgins into depravity is practically heroic in comparison.

Ben Templesmith is the mind behind Wormwood. It is a twisted and dark place. Somewhat like 30 Days of Night (of which Templesmith was the artist), it puts werewolves in a confined space and lets them loose. It also pairs them with th
Jason Lundberg
I've really enjoyed Ben Templesmith's work on Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse and Fell, but felt let down by Welcome to Hoxford. His signature artistic style is again on display, but there isn't much else there to redeem the story. Evil men are sent to a private prison run by evil werewolves who hunt them down. And one of the evil inmates is evil enough to fight back. It's flat-out splatterpunk horror from beginning to end, and the only character I can empathize with is Dr. Ainley, although she barel ...more
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
okay...just so you now if you haven't read my reviews, i freakin' adore ben templesmith's work. i think his art is fabulous and his story-telling just keeps getting better. this time he tackles the werewolf mythos with his telling of "welcome to hoxford." ray is a mental case with almost every problems you can think of, manic, scitzo, insane, deadly...and that's just scratching the surface. he is placed in a maximum security prison with other lost causes and the plot thickens as the gu ...more
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror
pick it up and you don't want to put it down, just to see what twisted image is in that next panel. Templesmith delivers a non-stop horror story that takes the wuss out of wherewolves much like 30 Days of Night made vampires scary again. Welcome to Hoxford takes the worst of OZ and runs it through Templesmith psychie to deliver a horror story worth reading again. Templesmith's signature art style lends perfectly to the chaos and madness that is delivered in 107 pages.
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
While I love Templesmith's style and the overall conceit of this book, there were unfortunately too many visual storytelling problems to warrant a higher rating. I was unable to tell which character was which, whether they were the supporting cast of prisoners or the various werewolves. The character models on either side were very similar and the background environments were too nebulous to get any real sense of place during action sequences. Pacing also suffered in the final chapter.
Tobin Elliott
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a whole lotta fun. I don't necessarily thing Templesmith delivered on the initial promise of Ray Delgado, but overall, the characters, the story and the art were great.

Just a fun, simple little story of some prison inmates and some werewolves. What could go wrong?
Brea Grant
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
loved this templesmith comic. werewolves? check. crazy cannibals? check. not for those who can't watch a dead werewolf rape? check.
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Two words: Werewolf necrophilia. If you're up for that you'll definitely enjoy this book. As always, beautiful illustrations and words provided by Ben Templesmith (le sigh).
Bill English
Oct 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ben Templesmith in great in this. He is doing all the writing, drawing, and covers. And it is wonderful. This is bone-chilling horror done in a very good way. Highly recommended! Mature audiences.
Noah Soudrette
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A good, straightforward werewolf story with some fresh trappings and twists. Definitely recommended for fans of 30 Days of Night, and anyone who wants to see a necrophiliac sodomize a dead werewolf.
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I adore Ben Templesmith. He was the best thing about 30 Days of Night (the writing just couldn't live up to his art). Welcome to Hoxford is a stand-alone both written and illustrated by Mr. Templesmith and it is awesome. And very disturbing. My husband got about 10 or pages in and went, "Nope. Not reading this. Don't want the nightmares." I loved it!

Who doesn't love a comic set in an asylum for the criminally insane run by a mysterious Russian corporation? I don't want to say very much because I
Baal Of
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
The main feture recommending this book is the artwork, dark and stylish, but frequently so abstract as to obscure ones understanding of what is actually happening. The rendering of the werewolves makes them indistiguishable from each other, but then that matches the lack of characterization. The plot is thin, being little more than an excuse to wreak some mildly entertaining violence. There is one female in the whole book, who does little more than provide some sympathy towards the irredeemable ...more
Jonathan Briggs
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
"Rehabilitation" is not a big buzzword at the Hoxford institution. Hoxford is more of a storage facility, a privately contracted warehouse where the criminal justice system can conveniently ship and forget about its "special needs" inmates: pedophiles, rapists, necrophiliacs, cannibals. And the latest addition, Raymond Delgado, a psycho killer who has delusions of godlike grandeur and this compulsion to bite. Only problem is the guards are likely to bite back. I don't want to give any surprises ...more
David Barbee
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it

Ben Templesmith's artwork is dark, eerie, and fantastic. He also tells a good horror story, and Welcome to Hoxford is his contribution to the werewolf genre. In the foreword, he says that werewolves just don't interest him, and I can see why. Much like vampires, they've been boiled down to something that's commercial and mainstream. But thankfully, Templesmith wrote this story, and he makes his werewolves into truly gruesome and savage monsters.

Welcome to Hoxford is also a prison story. The mai
Augusto Bernardi
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Although Ben Templesmith might be talented in his art, he really lacks in his storytelling. All the characters right from the get go are super evil and therefore super unlikable. Templesmith also rushes to the point to almost desperately show that they are evil criminals without any sort of gradual introduction so we could judge for ourselves what this character is like. This makes them all fairly 2 dimensional characters.

A fairly short and simple story though which has a great idea but didn't
Jesse Bullington
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: between Templesmith's art and the mythology in question, I never really had a hope of not enjoying the hell out of this.

Perhaps best known for 30 Days of Night, I prefer the stuff he’s written himself and this is no exception. As I often harp, if you’re going to tackle an archetypal beastie or legend you have to bring something, no matter how small, to the table besides your own characters and setting. Jordan brought a really neat twist to his ghost in Shade, and here Templesmit
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I liked this book mostly because i'm glad someone did such an awesome version of werewolves. Mr. Templesmiths art continues to be amazing, but the story seemed a little short to me. Maybe not enough charachter development, i just didn't want it to end, i have no problem with it ending the way it did, but i just felt like it was missing something. However i'm glad i bought it. I think its very clear though that he is still a vampire person, maybe he won't abandon the wolves though i love his desi ...more
Tiffany Lynn Kramer
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really did want to like this. The artwork is eye-catching though not to my taste but as for plot, there isn't much. I've always loved werewolves and feel they have as much potential as vampires to be compelling characters in fiction but Templesmith doesn't go beyond showing a violent nature. As for the other characters none proved likable, even Dr. Ainley who seemed to be nothing more than window dressing.
Tyler Poole
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
It’s hard to have a story full of characters the reader isn’t supposed to like, or in this case even despise, but they work well enough to fulfill what the plot requires of them. It’s intriguing enough to keep you reading, but Morrison and McKean’s Arkham Asylum has a similar setting and art style, but a better product. Also it has Batman, which is sort of an unfair advantage.
Jessica Boston
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The dialogue between characters was a little bit of "overshare" to feel natural, but the story itself was great. Gruesome, dark, almost funny, but very cool- a fresh take on werewolves in a way that one might even say makes a statement on the U.S. prison system and our culture's preference to "wash our hands" of the deeply disturbed criminal rather than rehabilitate. Fun read.
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
While I love Templesmith's artwork/style, the story seemed a bit lacking. The relationship between the main inmate character and his psychiatrist was interesting though. Perhaps because he only had a few issues to work with Templesmith couldn't really flesh out the characters/story/background very much without losing the ability to get to the ending he wanted (which was interesting/satisfying).
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sorry, Ben Templesmith. I really love your illustrating style and some of your concepts, but this just wasn't for me. Raymond Delgado is a very interesting character with a lot of potential and the story idea itself seemed like it could easily be successful. But the corruption of privatized prisons by a group of bizarro monsters should kick off with a bang rather than a whimper.
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There are no words. Dark? Sick? Depraved? Terrifying? All understatements. I loved this--perfectly executed down to the lettering of the dialogue. And the illustrations were just perfect for the subject don't see art like that everyday. Read this.
Oct 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
A wonderful new werewolf story. Great to see the wolfies making their mark again. Templesmith's handling of the subject matter (prison, insanity, murder, werewolves) was refeshing and honest. A real treat that kept you on your toes just waiting to see what would happen next.
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pretty violent and short. A darn decent werewolf read. I just wish it had gone a little longer. The underlying premise doesn't make too much sense. Even extremely violent, death row people would have lawyers, relatives. It's hard to imagine this working for too long.
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
It delivered what I expected: Templesmith comes up with cool concepts and ok stories with them. I wish the art was cleaner as it did a disservice to plot. The ending is abrupt and unfulfilling.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Just so-so for me. The art was too derivative, because Ray was so like Vin Diesel as Riddick.

Decent story, though.
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