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A Walk Through Hell Vol. 1

(A Walk Through Hell #1-5)

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  67 reviews
So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse…
Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw a
Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Published November 28th 2018 by AfterShock Comics
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Sam Quixote
Feb 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
“A walk through hell” pretty accurately sums up the experience of reading most of Garth Ennis’ recent output: his second World of Tanks book, the DC books Dastardly and Muttley and Sixpack and Dog-Welder, his other Aftershock book Jimmy’s Bastards, which was a book-length Viz joke, and now this one!

Two Feds go into a warehouse only to find that it’s an inescapable labyrinth of nightmares and/or a portal to Hell. So how does Ennis manage to take any excitement out of this potential setup and tur
Apr 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Garth Ennis has written what I consider the definitive run on Hellblazer and Preacher is one of the greatest comics of the last 20 years. That's why I was so disappointed reading this. It's such a muddled, confusing story where I have no idea what's even happening. Something about mass shootings and a pedophile that can make people do whatever he tells them. And then two FBI agents get lost in a warehouse where everyone is trying to kill themselves after they enter. The storytelling is just awfu ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This was my first time trying anything by Garth Ennis after being disappointed by Preacher a while back, so I wasn't sure what to expect, and even now, having read this, I'm not entirely certain how I feel about it! There's a lot of good, and a lot of bad, too, to be unpacked in this graphic novel.

The good:
- interesting characters
- diversity (2 queer MCs, multiple POC characters)
- interesting social commentary on the current sociopolitical climate in the US and how it affects minorities
- a few

Thank you to the Publisher and Netgalley for letting me read an early copy of this book.
A Walk Through Hell was just weird, and not in a good way. It was just an odd read. I was interested in the synopsis and the cover drew me in. It had potential, I just don't know if it ever reached it.
So, I'll start with the good. I liked the art and the colors. It also had a slight X-Files vibe to it, mainly because the two main characters were FBI Agents, they were investigating something weird and maybe no
Feb 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not good. The lack of originality just destroy this one. There is nothing new here and kind of a horror/crime/cops story that isn't gripping at all. The characters are some of the flattest I have seen in a long time in a comic or novel! Nope!!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So, two investigating detectives enter a warehouse and don't come out. Then another two detectives - the main characters enter and weird things start to happen. It reminded me X-files a little but humor is missing. There's jumping around the timeline but not in a confusing way, I did not have a problem to follow the story at all. I still don't have a clue what is going on there and I think that's good because it makes me want to read another volume. The atmosphere in this was built up great, I f ...more
James DeSantis
Nov 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'd probably put Preacher as top 20 comics of all times. I read it a lot later, but it still has/had a big impact. It's brutal, well told, funny, and important for the comic world. Saying that, recent Garth Ennis work has been piss poor at best. Are there ANY good, RECENT, Garth Ennis stories?

So what is this? A confusing mess of a storyline where it starts off with a public shooting. The shooting occurs in a mall where a baby and the mother are shot down in front of the husband. Then the story
The story centers around two FBI agents’ investigation of recent nightmarish and unexplainable events. Despite its realistic protagonists, intricate plot and the dark, unnerving mood it achieves—the story somewhat falters due to a sluggish pace and a confusing timeline that relies too heavily on flashbacks.

What’s it about?

After two fellow agents fail to emerge from a Long Beach warehouse after 9 hours, Special Agents Shaw and McGregor are called in to find out what’s going on.


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I have trouble describing what I just read. It was a mix of so many different story, both set in the present and the past that I had great trouble distilling the story from the pages. It sounded interesting enough though. Two FBI agents, still struggling with the aftermath of their previous case, are called to investigate a warehouse. Something strange and deadly is certainly going on.

I had the feeling it tries to be to much different
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty confusing story, jumping around between past and present without any clear indication of where/when the scenes take place. But I was still intrigued enough to stick with it and hope that subsequent volumes will fill in enough details for this all to make sense. You've got a couple of cops chasing a pedophile who might be a serial killer (and who might be able to make people do whatever he tells them to do) who stumble on a warehouse that just might contain a portal (or entrance ...more
Devon Munn
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well damn this was quite the creepy read. I see some people calling this Ennis's most subtle work in years and i would have to agree. This is not a in your face straight up horror, it mostly relies on the eerie and chilling atmosphere with actually not much disturbing imagery (though there is a handful of that in here). One issue i have is that the flashbacks weren't necessarily as interesting as the warehouse stuff but i didn't mind it as it went on.
Kelly Van Damme
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the graphics, the colouring, the fonts. In terms of story, I found it a bit confusing, jumping back and forth like it did, and me not having a clue what was going on but it did make for a rather intriguing read that definitely held my attention. I'm still not quite sure what's happening but it does make me want to pick up the second volume. Actual rating: 3.5, rounded up to 4.
I loved the concept of this – I'm a massive X-Files fan so anything about unexplained phenomena or weird goings-on always gets me. (I'd say the X-Files vibe is totally intentional here, as Shaw even has Dana Scully's hairstyle.) And it's not that any individual part of this can be faulted, really: the art is looks good, the dialogue is well-written, the transitions work well. But the narrative is just SO confusing. I've read the whole thing and I'm still not sure what it was about. I don't mind ...more
Wayne McCoy
'A Walk Through Hell, Volume 1' by Garth Ennis with art by Goran Sudžuka is an apt description for reading this strange graphic novel.

Two cops respond to a crime call and find themselves in a labrynthine warehouse of horrors. But before that happens, we see a shooting at a mall and the twitter output that follows. Also involved in this story is a suspect involved in the disappearance and gruesome murder of several children. The cops can't decide if they have been drugged or are dead.

What I can'
Alex Sarll
Horror comics are hard to do right, but if you manage it, you have the extra power that comes with being monthly, lingering for ages at the back of the reader's mind. What is inside that warehouse that could be so horrific? Sorry, you'll have to wait four weeks to find out. And in the meantime, you'll be imagining... Ennis doesn't write much straight horror these days, though in a sense this hews closer to his current turf by having cop protagonists. But they're not even centre stage as the firs ...more
Aaron Wiener
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn’t easy reading. It jumps around in the timeline and can be hard to follow. It’s confusing...

But goddam has it gotten me hooked!

I just finished the first volume of this macabre tale, and I still don’t have much of an idea what it’s about... but there’s something very dark and very creepy at the end of this tunnel, and I’m along for the ride.

These characters are a bit stock. You have mostly typical Fed duo. You have a rough station. There’s a lot of inner turmoil haunting these detective
Unfortunately, this is just issue 1 and the confusion and uncertainty woven into this graphic novel persists still having read it. Setting this aside and trying to be fair in my review I shall try to pass comment and make sense of my jumbled thoughts.
It is the story of a pair of FBI agents on a long-standing case looking for a paedophile ring abducting children across several states. No-one has an angle on where this is going as little progress is made. Then Shaw one of the federal agents the st
This is a very strong comic! It has mystery, disturbing imagery and interesting characters. I read the volume in one sitting and although I've already started volume 2, I want to focus this review on volume 1 only (volume 2 starts to get elements that I find a bit annoying). This review will also be spoiler-free.

I'll start with a piece of general criticism

These volumes are way too short and if felt like volume 1 ended too abruptly. I'm sure the author didn't think about the volume when he was wr
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story starts with a mass shooting at the mall. It is a chaotic scene. The shooter was a witness for two FBI agents Shaw and McGregor. Shaw and McGregor go into a warehouse where two FBI agents had gone in 9 hours ago and never came back out. A swat team was called in before Shaw and McGregor arrived at the warehouse. The swat team went in and came back out almost immediately saying they didn’t feel right. Once back inside the truck, they decide to do suicide shooting each other in their head ...more
Amber DuBois
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Interesting. I mean, this had heavy cop drama overtones and the majority of the story was flashbacks to give the foundation to the story, but I liked it! It was creepy and strange and the end of Book 1 was pretty damned horrific, but that's what I was reading it for--the creepiness.

Don't read this when you can't focus and be fully involved in the story--it's engrossing, but it's also convoluted. You have to keep track of th
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love Garth Ennis. Under his belt are fantastic works like Preacher, Chronicles of Wormwood, Caliban, and so many more. He is brilliant. A Walk Through Hell is exactly what I've come to expect from Ennis.

I feel like the entirety of A Walk Through Hell is a statement on the United States under Trump. I won't say more but it's worth reading. The art is gorgeous and you can infer from the story what you will. You can ignore the super obvious political statement if you want but I found that to be t
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The darkest vision yet from Ennis, who is pretty dark to begin with.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just flipping GENIUS
Pop Bop
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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120 Pages of Mood and Monologuing

So, two F.B.I. agents walk into a warehouse, and it turns out to be a gateway to their own personal hell. They have some sins left over from their last case, and it may be time to pay up. This Volume 1, which collects the first five issues of the story, starts with a bang, gets stuck on idle/background-fill for the majority of its run, and then ends with a cliffhanger after having made very little progress.

Flashbacks are fine, especially when a story is being set
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Garth Ennis considers the most horrible thing he can imagine—which is nasty enough, all right, but hardly something that makes you want to blow your brains out. But as you read on, blowing their brains out is exactly what everyone here does (more or less) and every tough-as-nails FBI agent goes, "Gosh! Life can be so dark, Ennis! I had no idea! Kill me now!" Really?

That is assuming that you even knows where in Ennis's train of thought you are. Apparently, he figured this story would be better if
Ginger Ninja
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I’m torn. There is so much potential here. It’s not like anything else, and I love the beauty of that.
I’m not gonna rehash plot, you can find a synopsis easily enough. To start with, it’s a beautiful tome with a matte and shiny cover. So pretty...really misleads you as to what lurks inside. Good cops, bad cops, great cops, worse cops, human beings, supernatural beings, live beings, dead beings, and presumably some more shit I have yet to figure out. And that said, don’t anticipate figuring
Ije the Devourer of Books
This is volume one of a police procedural story which has a twist of horror. In this volume the FBI are chasing a paedophile who is responsible for the disappearance of a number of children. The suspect gets help from other convicted paedophiles who help him kidnap the children but after this the accomplices then commit suicide. The detectives manage to catch up with one such accomplice who then commits suicide in the interrogation room. They do not know what is driving these men to suicide.

Hmmm… I'm inclined to give this book more stars than other people, partly because I don't want to jump on the shooting-the-greats-while-they're-down bandwagon. This isn't as awful as people attest, but it's sometimes a little too incoherent, too full of non sequiturs, and really does beg for the whole thing being available at once, rather than how this book is allowed to end with no sign of the fate of one of the main characters whatsoever. We have a massacre in a mall from someone unknown, then ...more
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Brief Summary of the Plot: When two federal agents go missing inside a warehouse, FBI Agents McGregor and Shaw go in to find them. They soon realize that what they walked into is not just an ordinary warehouse, but a fun house...for insane people. If it wasn't creepy enough to fall unconscious and wake up without a pulse, the two FBI agents find one of the missing agents blowing his own head off again and again like so
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't find this narrative hard to follow at all. It's very similar to True Detective and that's my biggest criticism of A Walk Through Hell honestly. But I don't think A Walk Through Hell is any more difficult to understand then the actual show that inspired it.

I wonder if a lot of people who are confused by this piece of media have seen True Detective. Because I can see how it might be confusing to people without that framework in place but even so, it's not a particularly challenging story h
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Ennis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting ch ...more

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