Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Illustrated and Colored by Gabo
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press
Release Date: 03/26/2015
The events that occurred in the last issue have led to one of the most rewarding issues since the first three, with The Life After #8 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo. The Foreman has taken the life of Plawsky for the mishandling of Jude, and Nettie is finally reunited with Essie, but the child (who has aged six years in just a short amount of time) has no recollection of her mother. Regardless, a rescue team is formed to search for the missing group members.
Meanwhile, Jude and Ernest find themselves in hell that is actually a well disguised paradise. Hemingway succumbs to the temptations of this utopian hades and discovers that his cat has a tenth life, while Jude meets with Satan’s middle management.
Gabo (Gabriel Bautista Jr.) continues to amaze with his out of this world illustrations. His depiction of not just humanoids, but demons, monsters and an assortment of other creatures seems flawless, as he jumps around from the underworld to paradise to office buildings. His colors are on point as well, as his illustrations flow impeccably with the story. I love how he portrays Hemingway in this issue, as Ernest and readers see him as his younger self, only to switch back to current age after the realization that all is not as it seems. Age and time for that matter, do not seem to be relevant in this world that we are immersed in right now.
Fialkov’s inclusion of Ernest Hemingway in this series is brilliant. Although he may not be the lead protagonist, his character is a central figure in this story as Jude’s companion, providing wisdom and guidance along the way. He gives readers someone who they can resonate with, while providing some comic relief along the way. This is some of the best writing I have seen from Fialkov, and I am truly enjoying this comic which was one of our favorites last year. The series seems well on its way to sustaining if not exceeding that level of excellence.
The Life After continues to evolve after its eighth issue. This ensemble that Fialkov and Gabo have created stand out as some of the most imaginative albeit bizarre characters I have ever encountered in a comic book, and it reflects in both the art and the writing.
REVIEW: THE LIFE AFTER #8
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)