Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Michael Gaydos
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99
ISBN 1 84023 764 3
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Murdered by an unknown assailant, John Travis finds himself in Inferno, a Hell not of fiery demons and satanic majesty, but an endless city seething with corruption, intrigue and despair. Yet death is the least of his problems. Travis is accused of being Jacomo Terence, who died 800 years ago and was the first man to escape Hell to live his life again...

Ummm sound familiar? Methinks the critically acclaimed movie Angel Heart may have had a large part to play in the birth of Inferno. Not only that, but there are elements of the far superior Hellboy in this collection too.

But where this really fails is in the writing. I don't want to rub any students up the wrong way, but this reads like a cobbled together English student's project. In all honesty, it is one of the most pretentious pieces of work I've ever read.

The artwork again brings to mind Hellboy, only a lot less slicker. Oh, and I know... To prove we are really arty, let's release this in black and white! It looks and reads like a first attempt, and that is a shame because this could have been a good read. Instead it is just dull.

Where is the characterisation, the intriguing twists, er... the plot? Not original, not thought provoking, not good!

Nick Smithson

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