Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated by Gabo
Letters by Crank!
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 11/12/2014
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Okay well in this case, maybe not hell, rather purgatory, or whatever this imagined matrix like afterlife from the mind of Joshua Hale Fialkov is. This week brings to us THE LIFE AFTER #5 from Oni Press, the aforementioned Fialkov (THE BUNKER), and artist Gabriel “Gabo” Bautista.
Besides our usual suspects, the super team-up of Jude and Hemingway, this issue (as we saw at the end of last issue) sees the return of Nettie, the woman whom Jude unknowingly exhibited the paradisal brilliance of what just might have been heaven, only to have utopia and her daughter taken away. Nettie is less than pleased about all of this, and convinced that Jude is responsible vows to make him pay with his life.
Issue five is my favorite since the first two, and it brings with it some of the bizarre and disturbing imagery and subject matter that gives this book its distinct feel. The Nettie character brings with her so much pain it really brings to light the bond that exists between mother and child. The visions that she experiences that include mutilated figures along with the flashback to when her child was ripped away from her are both disturbing and heartbreaking. If that weren’t enough, we also see a shape-shifting demon hit woman and the unexpected return of a character that gives issue five a surprise ending I was not anticipating.
Gabo continues to impress with the way he is taking on this assortment of characters. From humanoids, mutilated bodies, monsters, and angels, his pencils and colors are truly something to marvel at. This story from Fialkov is unlike anything else I am reading right now. It’s almost as if Jude got caught up in some Lynchian dream, took the red pill, and ended up in this surreal multiplex known as The Life After.
REVIEW: THE LIFE AFTER #5
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)