Hellraiser #1 is in stores right now from BOOM! Studios, and the publisher is also offering an eight-issue prelude — not in stores. The only way to get it is download it in PDF format, and a result it’s spread far and wide across the Internet — in fact, you can download it right here, even!
It may sound suspicious, but we can assure you it’s fully legal and completely free, and sharing the comic is highly encouraged by the publisher, saying “READ IT. SHARE IT. e-mail. upload. tweet. torrent. link. facebook” (Still holding on to that hyphen in email that the Associated Press eliminated last week; stay strong, brothers.) The eight-page prelude is co-written by Hellraiser mastermind Clive Barker and Christopher Monfette, with art from Leonard Manco.
The PDF ends with a list of ComicsPRO-participating retailers and an ad for the Comic Shop Locator Service, clearly establishing the purpose of this digital comic to drive people to physical stores to pick up the print product. The Best Shots team has a review of Hellraiser #1 here.
(And oh yeah — it’s a little gory and probably NSFW, which you may have gathered on your own given the fact that it’s, y’know, a Hellraiser comic.)