Falling in love on the path to hell #1 review

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. However, if you see the fantastic cover of Falling in love on the path to hell by Garry Brown and think, “Wow, that looks great,” judge away because your gut feeling is one hundred percent right. Falling in love on the path to hell is a stunningly large first issue, introducing readers to interesting characters in a world full of potential.

Story and art by Gerry Duggan and Garry Brown, Falling in love on the path to hell #1 is the story of endings that become beginnings. Although the issue focuses on the deaths of two warriors from distant lands (1876, Japan and California), their endings are only the beginning of the story.


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Duggan and Brown give readers a brief snippet of who these warriors were in their pre-afterlife lives. Although the encounter with them is brief, the writers create a clear picture of who the protagonists are and set the stage for an exciting future. It teases readers with topics to follow, while also giving them an idea of ​​where their relationship could go.

While this may not have been the focus of issue one, issue 1 tells the audience that they are watching a relationship unfold. Two lovers are bound together on an inescapable path. What does love mean to them? That’s what we’re going to find out.

To take a step back and be clear: I love romance. I love love. I love it when a book ditches the will-they-won’t-they trope. It can work, of course, and often it works extremely well. But it can also be used as an easy way out of dramatic tension. It can be a crutch to get readers invested in the hope of two characters finally coming together after countless close calls. That’s why seeing a couple come together feels like the end of the story.

But there’s something so beautiful about exploring relationships after the first kiss: the ups and downs, struggles and triumphs of seeing two people work together in partnership for love. The suspense isn’t about finally seeing the kiss that brings them together, but about seeing them stay together and overcome what lies ahead.

Falling in love on the path to hell #1

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This book is not about whether our cowboy or samurai will fall in love. It’s about how they will fall in love and the journey they will take together. What matters is how they will walk together. This story can (and I suspect will) have twists and turns, and I doubt it will end the way I expect. But I’m excited to watch their love grow instead of constantly wondering if they’ll ever get back together. I’m excited to watch their relationship grow and change and journey with them.

And if every panel looked as gorgeous as it did in issue #1, I’d read it anyway. Brown creates some truly cinematic panels, all adding emotion and atmosphere. Brown brings tension to the page, especially in the Japanese scene. Nothing is overlooked and every detail feels important.

Added to this are Chris O’Halloran’s talents in colour, creating moody, vibrant, cinematic images. Both clips of our heroes feel different in their color and tone, creating a real sense of things changing, especially when they encounter the blues on the tidal beach. He is joined by letterer Joe Sabino, who flawlessly blends the sounds of the words into the action to create an incredible reading experience for readers.

I can safely say that I enjoyed it Falling in love on the path to hell. I may be a little biased due to my affection for romance and relationship stories, but I truly believe this book does something outside the norm. It wears its heart on its sleeve and lets readers know that this book is unapologetically a story about love and lovers.

The oversized, forty-page first issue of Falling in love on the path to hell is everything you could expect from a debut song. Compelling characters, beautiful art, and a unique voice come together to create a song you won’t want to miss.

Falling in love on the path to hell #1

‘Falling in Love on the Path to Hell’ #1 is everything a debut issue can be

Falling in love on the path to hell #1

Falling in Love on the Path to Hell #1 is everything a debut issue can be. Captivating leads, a fully realized world and beautiful to look at.

A convincing setup for our two leads

The team sets up an exciting world to explore

Beautiful artwork, dynamic colors and great lettering

The book sets aside the will-they-won’t-they trope by making it clear that this is the story of two lovers

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