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"Enlightenment" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Aristocracy Comics

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Written by Arismendy Jimenez
Illustrated by Ger Curti
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
2020, 28 Pages

Review:

A man sits alone in a decrepit apartment, wallowing in his filth and heartbreak. He’s clearly been through quite a lot, enough for him to put a gun to his head. His journey is only just beginning as he’ll have to fight a demon for any hope of salvation, not only for himself, but for his daughter as well.

Enlightenment is a trippy read, starting at the lowest of lows and building steadily over time. Writer Arismendy Jimenez leaves much to interpretation as we see this man battle a demonic force with the soul of his daughter hanging in the balance. Her presumed death is one of the reasons he ate a bullet, although we don’t have much in the way of detail here.

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That isn’t to say that kind of stuff is needed. Enlightenment doesn’t hold your hand throughout this story. It trusts you to understand the moves and follow along. It provides more than enough information for you to connect the dots too.
Artist Ger Curti brings a gritty quality to Enlightenment, beginning with that dirty apartment and running through a hellish environment that morphs all around our main character. His fall down to the bowels of the underworld is a sight to behold, full of bizarre creatures and stranger items floating through space. It’s the kind of thing stoners would want as a blacklight poster.

The aforementioned demon is chilling and soulless. It’s a monster in every sense of the word. The only aspect of this design that didn’t work for me was the eyes. They’re shown with no pupils, just empty circles. This could convey an emotionless quality, but comes across more cartoonish which takes away from the horror it attempts to unleash.

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Much of Enlightenment is told in narration with caption boxes popping up here and there to give us an idea of what’s going through the man’s head. It’s interesting to see how the words change from dreary and depressing to uplifting and positive over time. Letterer Ed Dukeshire places these boxes in such a way that they have the most impact without distracting from the powerful imagery.

Enlightenment is a powerful comic, showing us that there’s hope in even the darkest places. While there’s this shining message fighting depression weaved through it, there’s also a magnificent battle with a demon plucking on the fears and doubts that just about all of us go through on a regular basis.

The creators of Enlightenment are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its release.

Grades:

Story: threeandahalfstars Cover
Art: threeandahalfstars
Overall: 3.5 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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