Issue two is upon us! And this book just keeps getting better! Greg Pak has created not an homage, not a story inspired by Dante, he has created something new, something pretty damn unique. Hell as a prison isn’t a new concept but he’s given us such a unique version of hell it makes me wonder how long he’s been working on this story. In just three issues (zero, one, and two) he’s created a world whose layers seem like they could be infinite. And the characters that populate that world are just as interesting, Tinker whom I thought was an innocent is showing he may have some secrets. And the inmates? They seem to run the gamut from petty offender to full blown psychopaths. The guards are the stuff of nightmares and the creatures roaming this place are varied and totally freaky. Morazzi is the consummate misunderstood bad guy. We’ll see he’s not as bad as he comes off, when the chips are down. Our new addition is Clara Nash, I’m not sure about her a little too good to be true I think.
I think the real main character in this comic is the prison itself, every page of each issue holds some new weirdness that this place is throwing at us. I can’t wait to see how far this particular rabbit hole goes. Greg Pak has given himself a playground somewhere he can really stretch his imagination and he has yet to disappoint.
The only complaint I could possibly have is with the art, I love Tony Parker’s work but for some reason in this book it can look flat. I’d lay it at David Curiel’s (the colorist) door but it’s hard to say where that look is originating. Find a panel that’s just okay and turn the page, BAM you get hit between the eyes with an amazing scene.
All in all the book is really well done, it definitely holds your interest both story wise and visually. If this isn’t on your pull-list yet it really should be. There aren’t many writers attempting something this grandiose and Greg Pak is one of the few you seem to be able to pull it off. I had my doubts about this book in the beginning but I’ve been won over. This series is a strong 4 out of 5 for me, how do you rate it?
Writer Greg Pak Artist Tony Parker Covers Tony Parker, Tim Bradstreet
Release Date: March 7th
Format: 32pg., COMIC
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