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"A Walk Through Hell #10" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by AfterShock Comics

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Written by Garth Ennis
Illustrated by Goran Sudzuka
Colored by Ive Svorcina
Lettered by Rob Steen
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 29th, 2019

Review:

Trapped in an ever-changing labyrinth with a manifestation of a serial killer, Agents Shaw and McGregor are reliving traumatic memories and struggling to understand what they're up against. There's definitely a supernatural element at work here, but this is out of their wheelhouse. From the look of things, this will get worse before it gets better.

A Walk Through Hell #10 delivers two different types of terror. On the one hand, there's this creepy place that continues to manipulate the agents. On the other, we're witnessing the harrowing and heartbreaking past of McGregor and his run-in with a cruel man growing up. This is what makes this book so compelling, as it doesn't just jump out at you and scare you, it also seeps into your skin like an infection.

Artist Goran Sudzuka plays with body horror in A Walk Through Hell in just the right amount to absolutely freak me out. There's something so unnatural and disturbing about an extra limb or a head turned the wrong way. The cover for this issue gives you an idea of what to expect and it's even creepier when it comes up in the comic itself.

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While the setting itself is frightening, McGregor's memories are even more so. He's always been comfortable with his sexuality, coming out of the closet in high school. Others were not as forthcoming and lashed out at him in fear or anger as to what they were really feeling. He tells a story with a diabolically villainous boy that used him and, more importantly, forced McGregor to change his outward stance on his homosexuality. This is messed up in so many ways. Forget about the monsters and whatever other horrors may lurk in this building. We've just met the scariest creature A Walk Through Hell could deliver and it was a human being.

Colorist Ive Svorcina paints a dark and dismal setting for A Walk Through Hell, full of looming shadows and cool blues. Under other circumstances, it might seem like a quiet evening, but the tension and terror reframes the tone considerably. You don't what else may be lurking in the darkness or waiting for you around the corner.

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You'd think with all this dialogue that the text would come through as overwhelming or wordy, but that's the farthest thing from the truth. Of course, it helps that writer Garth Ennis has crafted a compelling story that pulls you in from the jump. Letterer Rob Steen paces out the word balloons and caption boxes such that they flow seamlessly through the artwork in a perfectly natural way.

A Walk Through Hell is a terrifying and unpredictable comic. Anything can and will happen as these two agents descend into madness. It delivers some of my favorite horror that really gets into your head. Yes, it has an occasional jump scare or creepy image, but the real terror comes from the elements of the story from the real world, showing the horrible things everyday people are capable of.

Grades:

Story: Fourandahalfstars A Walk Through Hell 10 Small
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Art: Fourstars
Overall: Fourandahalfstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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