Comic Heroes - - State Of Independents - Story by Dwight L. MacPher­son Art by Randy Valiente Let­ter­ing by Marco Della Verde tinyurl.com/el­e­va­tor­comic

A dark plunge into hellish ter­ri­tory, fledg­ling in­die pub­lisher Ho­cus Po­cus Comics take the de­scent into the un­der­world in a modern re­dux of clas­sic poem, Dante’s In­ferno. Re­turn­ing to the fam­ily home fol­low­ing their fa­ther’s mur­der, broth­ers Ed­ward and Richard Bane are faced with a cu­ri­ously sin­is­ter mys­tery sur­round­ing their fam­ily legacy. It all points to an el­e­va­tor ride, and the only way is, you guessed it, down. But what waits at the bot­tom for the in­trepid sib­lings and ac­com­pa­ny­ing bud­dies al­most cer­tainly isn’t worth in­her­it­ing… De­spite the spooky sub­ject mat­ter, El­e­va­tor is a sprightly story, told with bounce, and a keen pac­ing matched pleas­ingly with a clean lay­out. The scratched black inks serve per­fectly the nar­ra­tive: the nerve-shred­ding ac­tion is sprin­kled with a jit­tery en­ergy that pops and jud­ders, but holds back re­spect­fully when the story needs to breathe. A fun jour­ney to the depths of de­vi­ous­ness that looks set to tin­gle the ter­ror bones.

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