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"Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dynamite Entertainment

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Written by David Avallone
Illustrated by Dave Acosta
Colored by Ellie Wright
Color Flats by Sheelagh D
Lettered by Travis Esposito
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 12th, 2019


Elvira is trapped in Hell and she's got to talk to the big boss if she wants to get out of there. That means going all the way down to the bottom layer. She's got to get by a big snake man, an overbearing middle-manager demon, and the Mall of Souls to name a few. That's right, folks. This is Dante's Inferno, Elvira Style.

Although there are demons and monsters aplenty, the action in Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #6 is light. It's more about her journey through the various circles of Hell. She's not fighting her way out. Instead, she's using her wits to outthink and out-quip anyone that stands in her way. A great example of this is how she tackles the three-headed guard dog, Cerberus. Here you have this menacing beast capable of biting through bones and she pulls out her dog training skills to literally have them eating out of the palm of her hand.

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It's pretty funny to see such a big creature flopping around on the ground like a puppy. Artist Dave Acosta delivers all sorts of supernatural creatures in Elvira: Mistress of the Dark #6. Cerberus is just one of them. Acosta normalizes Hell to an extent. Yes, there's the first and brimstone, but there's also a mall full of macabre stores. It amplifies the annoying things that happen in everyday life, such as a broken escalator. Isn't that so much worse than stairs?

There's a great sequence in this issue that looks like an M.C. Escher painting with staircases shown in every direction. Elvira navigates this disorienting landscape, cracking jokes along the way. The structure looms overhead like this intimidating maze of terror.

Although there are some modern day aspects to it, you never forget that Elvira is in Hell. This tone is established by colorist Ellie Wright. The sky is a fiery red. There might be wisps of clouds in the sky, but the sun has never shined here. Even when Elvira gets to the Mall of Souls, the lighting is rather dismal and dreary. Things only get darker from there.

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Writer David Avallone delivers a unique and humorous perspective on the demons that live and serve in Hell. It's one I haven't heard before and it is pitch perfect for this story. It also casts Hell in a different light, reframing demons as bumbling idiots instead of master manipulators in one fell swoop.

This doesn't stop some of them from towering over Elvira as if to rip her in two at a moment's notice. Letterer Taylor Esposito uses a more menacing looking style of word balloons for some of the bigger creatures in this issue. This is used sparingly and to great effect, showing that not all demons are created equal.

Elvira's pun-filled journey through Hell is exactly what you'd expect. It showcases the sillier side of the horror genre, poking fun at the concepts of the underworld that have come to define it as a place of pain and suffering. Yes, there's still plenty of that around, but there are clearly ways around that if you're smart enough. If anyone can outwit Satan, it's Elvira.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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