In 2004, IDW Publishing began production of a series of comics. To date, nine distinct titles have been released across many different issues. The first few titles were written by Scott Ciencin, while illustrations were provided by various artists. These comics gained a generally negative reception.
Later, Tom Waltz wrote Sinner's Reward, Past Life and Anne's Story. These comics gained a generally positive reception.
In 2006, Konami released its first Silent Hill comic, titled Cage of Cradle, which was released only in Japan with illustrations provided by series artist Masahiro Ito. Two others would follow, which were also Japan-exclusives and featured illustrations by Ito.
IDW Publishing comics
- Dying Inside (2004)
- Three Bloody Tales: (2005)
- Dead/Alive (2006)
- Hunger (2006)
- Sinner's Reward (2008)
- Past Life (2010)
- Anne's Story (2014)
Dying Inside, Three Bloody Tales, and Dead/Alive were collected into a single trade paperback titled the Silent Hill Omnibus in 2008. In addition to its inclusion into the Omnibus, Dying Inside appeared alongside Hunger on the UMD The Silent Hill Experience.
Sinner's Reward, Past Life and Anne's Story were collected into a single trade paperback titled the Silent Hill Omnibus 2 in 2015.
While the IDW comic books are based upon the video game series of Silent Hill, there are noticeable differences, not just with the town's aesthetic element, but also with its history and the nature of the forces at work in Silent Hill. This has led many fans to consider the Silent Hill in the comic books as existing in a different fictional universe, much like Silent Hill as it appears in the film.
Examples of such discrepancies include:
- In The Grinning Man, the Lakeview Hotel is actually not on Toluca Lake, as opposed to the Lakeview Hotel from Silent Hill 2.
- The comics tend to focus on its own collection of key characters, who have little or no connection to the key characters from the video game franchise, and no characters from the video games are physically introduced into the comics. Monsters, however, are generally based on their Konami counterparts.
- Locations borrowed from the games include the Lakeview Hotel, Brookhaven Hospital, the Lighthouse, and Pete's Bowl-O-Rama. As borrowed entities, the locations have had their attributes altered in order to better suit their purpose in the comic universe.
- While the catalyst for the town's increase in power in the video games was Alessa Gillespie's impregnation with the embryonic form of the Order's God through a ritual conducted by her mother, in Hunger the catalyst of the comic universe is the similar impregnation of a woman, through Whately.
All of the following are illustrated by Masahiro Ito, and both Cage of Cradle and Double Under Dusk were written by Hiroyuki Owaku:
Scott Ciencin's comics, Dying Inside, Dead/Alive, Paint It Black, The Grinning Man, and Among the Damned received generally negative reviews from critics and fans. Hunger received more mixed reviews. Common criticism includes some of the art appearing to be lazily drawn and re-cycled, unrelatable and/or unlikable characters, convoluted plots with little connection to the games, and plot holes (for example, in the final issue of Dying Inside, the Book of Power is incinerated, yet the book returns in Dead/Alive with no explanations as to how that may be.) Critics have commented that these comics often feel more like fan-fiction than something from Team Silent.
Tom Waltz's comics, Sinner's Reward, Past Life and Anne's Story, which are more connected to the game series, gained generally more positive reviews.
Masahiro Ito's comics don't have reviews, mainly because of the lack of accessibility to them as they were written in Japanese and are not available to the public domain.
|IDW Publishing comics|
|Dying Inside||1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5|
|Among the Damned||One-shot issue|
|Paint It Black||One-shot issue|
|The Grinning Man||One-shot issue|
|Hunger||Released on UMD|
|Dead/Alive||1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5|
|Sinner's Reward||1 · 2 · 3 · 4|
|Past Life||1 · 2 · 3 · 4|
|Anne's Story||1 · 2 · 3 · 4|
|Masahiro Ito comics|
|Cage of Cradle||Released in Japan only|
|Double Under Dusk||Released in Japan only|
|White Hunter||Released in Japan only|