AfterShock Comics released the first issue this week for A Walk Through Hell #1. We have the writer and co-creator Garth Ennis, co-creator and artist Goran Sudžuka, colorist Ive Svorcina, and letterer Rob Steen. Despite this comic being written towards the horror and science fiction-esque genre (from what we can tell), it brings a ton of important questions to the surface.
A Walk Through Hell #1 – “The Synopsis”
Like the title implies, two FBI agents walk into a warehouse and never quite come back out. Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just how Shaw likes it.
She is pushing forty, a borderline burnout, and the ghastly memories of her last investigation still linger in the shadows. McGregor is young, more dedicated, he wants to be out there and do the rough work. When two fellow agents go missing inside of a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investi-gate.
Nonetheless, what they find is far from routine. As the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most frightful nightmares. In a place where the night may never end.
What Happens To Set The Scene
The story begins with two individuals walking in a mall trying to set their parents up. They are conversing and minding their own business until the man’s partner and son are murdered in cold blood. That is the first scene we see that sets the tone of the comic.
After the events, we recount the aftermath. In four panels before that, we see the gunman in the mall shooting everyone around him in the background. We are unsure if the baby is still alive, but we are for certain that the wife was murdered.
After such events, we then see the aftermath of social media. Gun laws, PoC, SJW, tweets about innocent Woman of Color being killed, and the like. We see this from the view of Agent McGregor’s phone. This sets the tone for the comic and the rest of the issue.
A Walk Through Hell #1 Remains Perfectly Executed
What is brought to the surface of this comic — in terms of realism — are gun laws. The hard-hitting question that no one can answer. What should we do about gun laws in America Society? Can we have a discussion about it? Nonetheless, A Walk Through Hell #1 brings questions such as those to the surface right from the start. The art and writing are both outstanding in this issue.
Garth Ennis, Goran Sudžuka, Ive Svorcina, and Rob Steen all do a wonderful job on this first issue. The writing is powerful, in such a social media world — it is important and such a great tactic to implement that into the medium of comic books. The writing brings this issue home in terms of anticipation and leaving the reader inquisitive.
It is the strongest aspect of this entire comic. Nonetheless, aside from the superb writing A Walk Through Hell #1 shows off — the art is just as dynamic. The color codes are used importantly through this entire first issue. From the pastel colors to the vibrant colors to the dark and frightening colors, they are all executed in an important manner.
The characters are drawn in a way that ignites their features and gives them personality. The dark use of the colors when going into the warehouse — and even when the agents were outside of it — is executed brilliantly. One of our favorite pages/panels when it comes to the comic as a whole. All of the colors set the mood and scene for what is to come or what is forthcoming.
A Home Run For This First Issue!
For a first issue, this is powerful. I cannot wait for the second issue; in terms of writing, art, and plot — it is satisfying. There aren’t any hiccups, there are any complexities — this issue absolutely holds up adequately and allows for the reader to get into this bigger sphere of A Walk Through Hell #1. This is a comic you most certainly add to your list to keep up with.
If anything, we are more excited for the second issue to learn what is going on. To answer questions, and to find out more about each one of these characters.