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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Heck Goes to Hell

Heck - Zander Cannon

A story of one man's fight for fatherly approval, love and justice in Hell.

 

Hector Hammarskjold has returned home for his father's funeral.  His dad always wanted him to follow in his footsteps in the family business, but Heck wasn't interested.  Returning to the family estate, a creepy old mansion, Heck and his old high school acquaintance (barely) Elliot discover a gateway to Hell.

 

Flash forward 5 years and find Heck working for the family business, just as his Dad would have wanted, he should be happy, but instead he still longs for his high school crush.

 

When she comes in to ask for his help Heck is grasping at the chance to ingratiate himself with her.  Amy's husband has died and she needs Heck to descend to Hell to give him a message - for closure.  Will this be Heck's chance with Amy?

 

He and Elliot (now his friend and also a barely alive mummy man after a Hellish incident) sign a contract with Amy and cross through the gate to Hell.  They must travel far into Hell, farther than they usually go, to get to the pit of despair where Thieves languish.

 

As they go further Heck has many chances to see the error of his ways and reflect on his life and choices.  Ultimately what will he choose, to continue on the path of lies and deceit or will he finally recognize the truth?

 

An interesting comic, both adventure tale and moral quandary.  The imagery is creepy, but not downright frightening.  The denizens of Hell have many problems themselves and create traps for Heck and Elliot at every turn.  Kind of a scary concept where Heck keeps going through these trips into Hell, but he's never able to remember how horrible it is, so he keeps going back.

 

Fans of Kevin Cannon (they've published some works together including Double Barrel) would like this, it has a similar tone as Far Arden, which is also part adventure tale part tragedy.