Title : Her Infernal Descent
Publisher : Aftershock
Writer(s) : Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler
Illustrator : Kyle Charles
Thoughts on Cover
So if I’ve said it a hundred times, it would still be the most relevant comment I make in these reviews. A cover needs to be eye catching, easy to read, reveal just enough without giving it all away, and be easily readable from across the room. This one, either the main cover or the variants, checks everyone of the boxes mentioned, while being an amazingly well done style of art.
It feels like a water painting come to life, and honestly reminds me of the pages of Dante’s Inferno come to life, which I feel would be the best piece of this. It is absolutely artistically stunning.
“Her Infernal Descent is a retelling of Dante’s Inferno for the modern age. It’s a middle-aged mom marching into hell to find her forsaken family. Imagine if Marge Simpson walked into the world of Diablo.” is the brief description of what we were given by Zac Thompson, and he was not leading us in the wrong direction.
When you lose everything that makes you happy, and life is crushing in around you, would you take the opportunity to get your family back, even if it meant traversing the nine levels of Hell to do so?
Our main character makes the decision quite easily, following the word of the poet William Blake, as he guides her into the abyss. Explaining that she is needed to rescue her family (actually they just mention being reunited, so this may end a lot less positive than I am hoping) she begins her journey to see her deceased family.
Throughout her travels, we meet several prominent figures from mythology, history, and everything in between. John Milton, Edgar Allan Poe, and the King of Ithica are just some of the people in the first gate of hell. It seems to be the gate of thinkers, and world changers. People who made a difference with either the written word, or the scientific one.
Honestly, being the first book in a five book series was absolutely astounding, and I am more than prepared to see what is coming.
What I Liked
- The art style in this comic is absolutely amazing, well drawn, well laid out, and overall an absolutely stunning design to the whole thing. While it feels dark, dirty, and slightly whimsical at the same time. I am very happy to have picked this one to review, and I cannot wait to have a hard copy of this one in my hands.
- The writing is extremely well drawn from the main material of Dante’s Inferno, which is not easy to showcase in a short mini series. I could not wait to dig in, and do not regret anything about it now that I have.
What I Didn’t Like
- Nothing. I tried to find a single thing I would do differently, but I loved this title from start to finish.