released OUT NOW! Publisher Image Comics
Writer Dan Watters
Artist Caspar Wijngaard
Resembling a cross between Phonogram and Neuromancer, there’s much that feels very familiar about this noir- esque series, from amnesiac private detective Clay to the “music is magic” mantra of voodoo expert Sandy.
Main location Dedande City turns out to be an adjunct of the Televerse, a virtual domain that owes as much to Tron and ’ 80s computer games as it does to The Matrix. A scene of our hero being swallowed up by his television is straight out of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, and there’s a wry reference to Toy Story in the form of Clay’s trusty action figure Mado, which turns out to have not just sentimental value.
But Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard bring those well- worn elements together with a good deal of verve and wit. With his fluid figurework, Wijngaard channels both Jamie McKelvie and Jaime Hernandez, keeping his panel layouts tight for the city scenes before really cutting loose when the story crosses over to the digital realm.
Five issues into this initial six- part run, some deft twists are revealed, setting the stage perfectly for what will hopefully be a fitting finale. Let’s hope Clay and Sandy aren’t left in limbo for long.
The creators have five volumes of Limbo planned, each of which “would take on a slightly different genre”.
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