Limbo

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Writer: Dan Wat­ters Artist: Cas­par Wi­jn­gaard Pub­lisher: Im­age Comics

Some­times even the ’80s need a lit­tle ex­tra flair. In Limbo, writer Dan Wat­ters fuses two of his favourite vis­ual styles: the shad­owy film noir of the 1940s and the VHS B-movie hor­ror of the ’80s. His story ex­ists in the apex of both time pe­ri­ods, fol­low­ing a de­tec­tive with no mem­ory and the femme fa­tale who hires him to in­ves­ti­gate a danger­ous crime lord.

From the out­set, it sounds like a generic pulp comic with echoes of neonoir films like Me­mento, but Wat­ters works to sub­vert ex­pec­ta­tions. In a play­ful twist, Wat­ters brings cas­sette tapes, hi-tops and other ’80s ephemera into the story. The best part is voodoo princess Sandy, who chan­nels her pow­ers through her use of mu­sic.

De­scribed by Im­age Comics as “neon-noir”, Limbo feels like a film script that bled into a comic book; if John Car­pen­ter, David Cro­nen­berg and David Lynch had been brought back in time to the ’40s but wanted to make a film just as bizarre as the ’80s al­lowed. A gor­geous blend of two eras, Limbo is weird and al­lur­ing, and a love let­ter to ’80s pop cul­ture.

’80s hor­ror com­bines with ’40s noir in Limbo.

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