A Walk Through Hell #10 Review: Ennis Channels Hellblazer For This AfterShock Series

May 27, 2019
Louie Fecou 0
Comic Reviews, Comics
3.5

Summary

A Walk Through Hell #10 almost works as a standalone issue, and even a newcomer can see Ennis’s influence all throughout it.

3.5

Summary

A Walk Through Hell #10 almost works as a standalone issue, and even a newcomer can see Ennis’s influence all throughout it.

Ennis channels Hellblazer for this Aftershock series.

i have no idea what is going on here.

However, I like Garth Ennis, and thought I would take a look at this issue and get a flavour of what this comic was about.

As an experiment, I decided not to Google the previous 9 issues of the title to see if i could get a snapshot of the storyline. Being an old school comics fan, I subscribe to the belief that Stan Lee had, that you could pick up any issue of a Marvel comic, and be up to speed on what had gone before. Go check out those old silver and bronze age comics, and you will notice the splash page, and often subsequent panels, would all be giving new readers a chance to get the gist of the story.

I suppose modern comics tend to forgo that luxury, and is relying on readers to be diligent in their reading habits, and sticking with a story month to month and remembering what has went before.

What the best approach is, I couldn’t really say, but here I was, issue 10 of A Walk Through Hell, and doing my best to find a foot hold.

To review the series based on a single issue is , of course, unfair, so let’s say there’s probably a whole lot of story and context I have missed.

On a more surface level, it’s fair to say that this particular walk through hell is recognizably Ennis.

His career defining run on DC’s Hellblazer has served him well, and there are moments here when you could almost feel you were reading and issue from that run.

The art by co-creator Goran Sudzuka resembles legendary  artist and Ennis’  long time collaborator Steve Dillon, and there are panels here that look and feel like an issue of Preacher.

Ennis plays the usual tricks on the readers, presenting a situation, here in one of the leads past, then subverting it is the most visceral way.

The dialogue is laced with profanity, and there is a nasty wrist slashing that is almost a hallmark for Ennis.

Essentially this is an examination of one of our FBI agents past, showing a particularly horrific encounter that shapes his future life, so it could almost work as a self contained story, if you remove the context.

The muted colouring in the scenes  , presumably. in Hell, coupled with the dark and heavy line work marries with the story, and I imagine fans of this series may be surprised by some of the revelations in this script.

If you are a fan of Ennis, and his supernatural stories, this series is for you, but it’s definitely a mature audience book.

I don’t think I will be looking for the back issues of this title , perhaps if the trade shows up I would check out the first few issues so I could properly appreciate the story as a whole, as i know that Ennis is a master story teller that will be weaving plot threads all through the run. To review a single issue is an injustice in what I imagine is a plot that is layered and built on plot and characters, so I can only surmise that if Ennis is on form, this will be worthwhile read for true fans of the series, and encourage you to pick up the early issues or the trade to appreciate what is going on.

Here’s my cop out rating of

7 – 10.