"A Walk Through Hell #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by AfterShock Comics
Written by Garth Ennis
Illustrated by Goran Sudzuka
Colored by Ive Svorcina
Lettered by Rob Steen
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 13th, 2018
Two FBI agents head into a warehouse for what seems like a routine investigation. What they find inside is anything but. The rules of reality seem to bend and change in this building, creating strange noises and even stranger actions by those trapped within. Someone – or something – else is inside there with them. Can they get out alive? Can they keep their sanity?
A Walk Through Hell presents some of the most chilling images in comics today. Artist Goran Sudzuka creates these terrifying shots that are completely unnatural and disturbing. The mind almost has trouble comprehending what's on the page, as these things just should not be. Believe me, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about when you get to this section of the book.
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This sequence is made all the more unsettling by the fact that it keeps happening. It's a shocking scene where the agents take their eyes off this horror for just a moment only to be scared again and again. This really underscores the eerie setting and how anything can happen in this warehouse.
Even sound is affected in this place. This seems like it would be difficult to show in a comic book, however Sudzuka highlights the specific details that highlight what the agents are hearing. In this case, it's a gun firing, but without the traditional “BLAM!” Instead, they just hear the bullet casing hitting the ground. Imagine that feeling for a moment. You're in a dark warehouse and you can barely see five feet in front of you. Now you hear the quiet noise of a small piece of metal bouncing off the cement floor somewhere nearby. Then it happens again...and again. Sudzuka shows the casings falling in these small panels surrounded by the main images to great effect.
The darkness practically engulfs the two agents. The only light comes from their two flashlights. When they put them down, it's like there are these two strange spotlights on specific areas. Of course, they're in the most disturbing spots. Colorist Ive Svorcina handles the shadows well, adding to the mystery as to what may be lurking within this place.
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This issue is interspersed with scenes from the agents' past, presumably as they work the case that led them to this warehouse. It's filled with some signature Garth Ennis dialogue that flows well. It's a bit of an exposition dump, but it doesn't feel that way. It comes across as two partners going through the evidence and formulating theories as to how to track down this killer. It makes for some riveting conversation.
A Walk Through Hell scratches my favorite horror itch. The idea that you can't trust what you see or that reality itself is altered in some way is horrifying and more than a little maddening. This is a comic that will most definitely get under your skin in the best way. It's going to stay with you for some time and I can't wait to see what happens next.