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"Road Trip to Hell #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Nicole D'Andria
Illustrated by Marco Maccagni
Colored by Joaquin Pereyra
Lettered by Justin Birch
2019, 24 Pages

Review:

Things were bad enough for Francis after he found out his father was the devil. With his dad's death, Francis is now the new king of Hell, but it's far from a peaceful transition of power. Other folks want to rule the underworld, notably Adolf Hitler, and all they have to do is kill the boy to take over. The Nazi has taken over the hospital where Francis' sister Star is currently staying. Get ready for a blitzkrieg.

Road Trip to Hell continues its wild ride in its second issue. While the overall mythos is light this time around, it makes up for it in action. Star really takes center stage here, showing just how capable she is, even if she's in a hospital bed. It makes you wonder if the wrong sibling was chosen to rule Hell.

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Nazis are always a go-to villain because they're indefensible (unless you're the President, maybe). Writer Nicole D'Andria plays up how ridiculous they are in Road Trip to Hell #2 while also maintaining their pure evil qualities. They just escaped from Hell after all. They're not exactly full of rainbows and unicorns. The most interesting part of all this comes at the very end of this issue where D'Andria adds an awesome twist.

Artist Marco Maccagni's work is just as expressive and explosive as ever. He's a great fit for this title, amplifying the emotions of each character. Francis is in over his head, so his eyes are like saucers most of the time. Contrast that with the conniving Hitler, who feels slimy from the first moment you see him.

This is especially true for the action sequences. They are over-the-top and insane. Mengele takes a hypodermic needle to the eye and it's like an explosion of suns. Blood and guts spew everywhere in a great (and well-warranted) depiction of gore.

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Depending on how you look at it, Road Trip to Hell #2 takes place during the sunrise or the sunset. Colorist Joaquin Pereyra creates a beautiful glow in the sky that could be taken as the dawn of a new day (and a new age for Hell) or the end of an era. This contrasts well with the violence that takes place within the walls of the hospital. The blood flows in a dark crimson, splattering everywhere.

Francis' guardian angel, Joan of Arc, is fierce and efficient. She takes no crap from anyone, even Francis. Letterer Justin Birch differentiates her speech with an old-style font, fitting from her origins. In case her appearance didn't signify a warrior, her dialogue definitely will.

Road Trip to Hell delivers a healthy mix of black comedy and horror. At its heart is a fish-out-of-water story with Francis suddenly learning about his familial ties to Hell itself. It builds from that to add in a supernatural war for the ages, crazy occult powers, and a Nazi shooting gallery.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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