Title: Her Infernal Descent #1
Story: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Art: Kyle Charles
Letters: Ryan Ferrier
Publication Date: April 18, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: A tale of loss told in five parts. Any good mom would march through the inferno of HELL to get her family back. Unable to cope with the burden of grief, a middle-aged mom descends the nine circles of hell to retrieve her forsaken family. Guided by the ghosts of William Blake and Agatha Christie, this no-nonsense mother journeys deep into a bizarre underworld filled with celebrity sinners, surreal landscapes, and absurd tasks. HER INFERNAL DESCENT is a retelling of Dante’s Inferno that updates the themes for a modern audience. From the writers of the break-out hit The Dregs, and the artist of Roche Limit, this is HELL like you’ve never seen before.
The concept that serves as the backbone of this series is one that is as exciting as it is familiar; Her Infernal Descent is a modern retelling of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. Dante’s Inferno is more than seven-hundred-years-old at this point and, although it goes without saying, quite a lot has happened since Alighieri’s exile and the writing of the Divine Comedy–thus, revisiting, retelling and revitalizing the tale for a modern audience makes a great deal of sense. And although the source material for this retelling teems with the kind of detail necessary to make for an inspired modern adaptation, attaching Alighieri’s name to this title and calling Her Infernal Descent a retelling of the Inferno comes at a risk. Doing this gives casual readers and comic book critics alike the go-ahead to compare this series to a classic work of literature.
Is it possible for any retelling or re-imagining to live up to its source material when said source material is The Divine Comedy? I don’t know, but already, with just a single issue having been published, Her Infernal Descent is doing a damn good job.
Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson’s script in Her Infernal Descent #1 is well-crafted and works well to quickly conjure excitement and the dark sense of wonder that readers need to fuel their trek through the nine circles of Hell. Thompson and Nadler waste no time establishing the book’s grave and intense feel, and although we’re only just getting started on our journey, I’m quite pleased with Kyle Charles’ interpretation of Hell and what I’ve seen so far. In Issue #1 of Her Infernal Descent, Charles packs pages full of details that, when combined with his character work, give readers good reason to spend some extra time eyeing over panels and full-page spreads.
The creative team behind working to bring this series to life have a lot to work with, and after reading through this first issue, I am convinced that the series will be a worthwhile retelling of Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece.
The Bottom Line:
If you like taking casual walks through the nine circles of Hell with a dead poet, this is the comic book series that you’ve been waiting for. With a well-written script and impressive artwork, Her Infernal Descent is destined to be an excellent retelling of Dante’s Inferno. It all starts here; don’t miss out.