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.