A Walk Through Hell: The Complete Series by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Goran Sudzuka. I rated it 3 of 5 stars, “liked it”, on Goodreads and shelved it there as 21st-century, American, fiction, graphic novel, horror, macabre, & supernatural. You can read a synopsis by clicking the linked title above.
I am grateful to Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley for giving me an electronic copy to review in advance of publication.
A Walk Through Hell may be the most aptly-titled book I’ve read this year. It is beyond Dark, and yes, the capital D is intentional. Macabre, twisted, sick, and bleak are the most accurate descriptors I can apply. That’s not to say that the book is bad; I enjoyed it and believe that it paints a dead-on picture of the world we inhabit today. The blackest depths of human nature are on display in this depraved, despondent, despairing chronicle of abuse. If you’re looking for hope, there’s none to be found; Ennis gives no quarter. If you like literature and art that fits comfortably into those categories, then this graphic novel is for you. Goran Sudzuka’s drawings are accurate, realistic renderings, and the muted color palette suits the story perfectly. “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here” indeed.
Warning: A Walk Through Hell is NOT for children, and if you consider yourself a committed Christian, I reckon you’ll find this book extremely offensive.
Have you treated yourself to A Walk Through Hell yet? Did you catch Ennis’ previous awesome series, Preacher? Please tell me what you think in my Comments section.