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Hellcity: The Whole Damned Thing

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Crime noir, grotesque horror, and pitch-black comedy collide when a detective in the capital city of Hell discovers a scandal that threatens the Devil's supremacy and ignites a human/demon race war.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Image Comics
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Blair and Flood took Sartre’s dictum that “Hell is other people” and brought it to life, creating a netherworld that closely mimics the world of the United States, and a capital city that seems to be New York. Of course, everyone living in Hell has a demon roommate who doesn’t pick up the dishes and can smack them around any time they want. Former P.I. and suicide Bill Tankersly is recruited by a demon to investigate the strange behavior of Lucifer, who evinces a nice attitude that has all Hell ...more
All the noir conceits are here, except it's in Hell. It works so well on many levels. The protagonist is hired for a job, but it quickly becomes personal. Regret and betrayal ensues amid deception.

The amount of detail in this stark black and white graphic novel forces you to look closer, and you realize it is a labor of love. Kinetic, and incredibly visceral. The car chase sequence is one of my favorite parts, and God is funny as hell.

I only have one question... If you die in Hell, where do yo
The artwork, as a friend of mine pointed to, is like something you'd see in some of the UK comics of the 80s. Things like Tank Girl, Judge Dredd, et al. It's raw, rough-edged and heavy in its ink. The story is fascinating: a detective fights politics and corruption in Hellcity, a sort of suburb of Hell. It's subversive, a little funny, but not fantastic.
Great story, PI sent to hell for suicide after he can't live without his wife, who's death was indirectly caused by himself. He then gets an offer from a deviless for a better station if he can help solve the problem with Lucifer.
Nice idea: Hell as regular life, just with demons (including your mandatory roommate) tormenting you a bit each day. Good noir feel, but the ending didn't quite work for me, and the art's a bit substandard.

Fun read though.
amy boese
Hellcity is almost perfect - the art is sometimes iffy, but fits the feeling of the book, and the writing is fantastic. Clever, snarky, touching and funny. Really an adult read.
I like the film noir, old-school detective vibe to it. I liked the art. The story was interesting, but it seemed a little simple for my taste, no real surprises.
Joe Young
Macon Blair - writer
Joe Flood - artist

3/5 stars
Confusing, carnal and creative.
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