Inferno – Mike Carey & Michael Gaydos

This is an interesting tale that has you working hard to put the pieces together as the action thunders along. A man is murdered, up in hell and everyone there knows him; but as someone else he has no memory of. He must work to find out who he really is or who others think he is. It explores the themes of identity and what makes us who we are against a backdrop of the ticking clock thriller.

It is set almost exclusively in Hell and there is no fire or brimstone in sight. The infernal realm is an infinite city where people live forever endlessly plotting and scheming to advance themselves or at least ease their suffering. Magic is rife and demonic creatures of varying powers are also common. The setting is believable and displays its own internal logic and consistency.

The art is pure black and white like Sin City and whilst this isn’t my favourite style it does a great job of conveying the bleakness of an eternal hell. The characters and action are all well enough defined that you have no problems following along.

This was a good story that operated on many levels simultaneously. You initially start off as confused as the lead character and go on a real journey through this alien landscape. Both of you peel away the layers of what has gone before and who the antagonist truly is. Thumbs Up!

45/320.

Tomorrow: Singularity 7 – Ben Templesmith

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