Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Goran Sudzuka
Lettering: Rob Steen
Colors: Ive Svorcina
Cover: Andy Clarke & Jose Villarrubia
Publisher: AfterShock Comics
A Walk Through Hell brought me back to Garth Ennis’s older work on The Punisher, with the interactions of law enforcement and partners working together. Ennis writes great dialogue and can hold interesting conversations between people that would normally be considered boring cop talk. Garth Ennis is one of my all-time favorite comic book writers, he brought one of my favorite characters The Punisher back to life back in 2000 with Welcome Back Frank. It was Ennis that made me want to be a comic book writer, especially after his masterful MAX run of The Punisher.
This comic book has two F.B.I. agents, Shaw and McGregor working an investigation on a possible pedophile ring. Children are being abducted across several states but Shaw has a suspicion that it all might be the work of just one man. But this is where things get even stranger, the comic flashes from the past to the present as the story progresses. The past is Shaw and McGregor investigating the case, the present is like a fever dream of not knowing what is real and what is not. Shaw wakes up beside her partner in a dark hallway, she checks for a pulse but can’t find one so she attempts to revive him. But he wakes up and is confused that she couldn’t find a pulse until he checks himself, they realize neither of them has a pulse.
They don’t know what to make of the place their in or what is going on, nothing is making any sense. I don’t want to spoil any more of this book, just trust me when I say it gets a lot stranger and horrific as the story plays out.
If you’re into strange stories and some cop drama this comic book might be for you.