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Hellcity Paperback – October 20, 2006
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Bill Tankerslee was happy being a good detective as long as he could come home to beautiful, soothing, supportive Allie. But an automatic-toting vampire blew her away one night. Soon, Bill did the same for himself. Now he's in Hellcity, working a slavish job and suffering a demon roommate, like everybody else at his level in the infernal metropolis. When a leggy, high-ranking devil offers him better digs, he incredulously brushes her off. She won't be brushed, and so he's back to sleuthing, tailing "the Big Fallen" himself, who's been behaving strangely of late--mercifully, you'd think, if you didn't know better. This is the first of three parts of a single hard-boiled caper in Hell, which Blair has written with wry authority and Flood has drawn as if he were simultaneously channeling the pencils of Jose Munoz (Alack Sinner) and Will Eisner. The basic conceits here--Hell is New York, and Satan the mayor--may be obvious, but they're played out with considerable panache. Ray Olson
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Bill is given the opportunity to change his fortunes when a beautiful demon comes to him with an offer he can't refuse. She wants to put his detective skills to use. He can get out of the piggery and get an apartment uptown without a demon roommate, and all he has to do is follow Lucifer himself in order to find out why the Lord of Hell has been acting so strangely as of late. Hell is on the verge of chaos as the demon underlings all want to be in line for Hell's throne.
Hellcity presents a clever twist on the infernal plane. Ironic in that it isn't so different than real life, sans the demons running around and pooping on the sidewalk. I loved writer Macon Blair's modern version of hell even more than the story. The story ends up being a bit of a clichéd detective story but it's the elements surrounding the story that lift it above the ordinary. The art by Joe Flood is solid but not flashy. Straight black & white line work. I loved the expressions on the faces of the demons while they went about their work annoying their human guests in various ways. I was somewhat let down by the fact that the story will be continued in vol. 2 but there's enough good stuff in here to make me want to see the conclusion.
Reviewed by Tim Janson
I've since checked out some of the other Gigantic titles and can highly recommend Teenagers From Mars and Dead West as well. As always it seems that the overlooked indie writers are doing some of the darkest, smartest and most compelling work, here's to hoping they get the attention they deserve.