Dark Horse. Feb. 2021. 136p. ISBN 9781506724409. pap. $19.99. Rated: Teen+. f
Late one night, ride-share driver Janice Chen picks up a charming fare who quickly reveals himself to be a charismatic demon named Dumu. After transforming Janice into a ghostlike entity, Dumu explains that she’ll be restored only if she agrees to help him deliver the soul of a recently deceased woman named Suzanna to Hell. Janice initially agrees to Dumu’s terms, but after realizing that she and Suzanna are both haunted by regret over past tragedies, the two women set out on a desperate race across the afterlife, in search of salvation. With a demonic horde in hot pursuit, they take refuge with Twyzel, an exiled angel with a sorrowful backstory of his own. A series of vicious battles and narrow escapes ensues before our protagonists find themselves standing at the gates of heaven, where they discover that vanquishing their pursuers isn’t nearly as difficult as forgiving themselves.
VERDICT Zdarsky (Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky. Vol. 4) delivers a richly imagined, action-packed story, in which artists Loo (Pitiful Human Lizard: Far From Legendary) and Alleyne deliver with vigorous flair. This collection included the entire five-issue series, originally published online and the winner of an Eisner Award for Best Digital Series in 2020.
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