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Inhumation - IVstudios
Inhumation means ‘to place in a grave, or bury’, I think that gives us a good idea for the theme of this comic. Inhumation follows a dead goth girl as she tries to make it in Hell, where she must get a roommate, get a job, and pay bills – Hell sounds pretty awful.
Easy to navigate. Characters we know and love up top, and that ever lingering Warden in the bg sets the theme of the comic effectively. Banners for the different chapters are great, though maybe some page numbers, or links to specific pages would be nice. That being said, each chapter is easily digestible, so it’s not a big deal.
Each page has the characters that appear in it linked at the bottom. This link follows to a list of all the pages this character has been on Pretty neat feature, I think.
Let’s focus on the New to the Comic section. I now firmly believe that every comic needs to have some sort of version of this. These mini comics are HYSTERICAL
, and do a pretty effective job of summing up the chapters, and making me want to read the comic. Go read them, right now.
Artwork and style evolves in all comics, but Inhumation suffered a bout of style-puberty to become the clean-looking comic it is today. Y’all ready for some list action?
- Starting off in B/W, and some distractingly large page numbers (Pg 1-~50)
Starting to get some cleaner lines around (pg 51)
Red lining with B/W is interesting. It’s good to branch out and try new things (pg 72)
Red lining with color is branching too far I think, but thankfully it doesn’t last long (pg73)
Back to B/W (pg 77)
Full color with clean black lines (pg 86)
Now we have hand-written bubbles. A nice touch. The drawing style also changed a bit around here (pg 94)
Back to B/W (pg 105)
Green is actually really pleasing to look at. Using different colors to accent objects is subtle and effective. Lovely! (Chapter 6. No more pg numbers)
For 30+ pages there was some serious stylization soul-searching going on, but after that it’s pretty smooth sailing (bonus alliteration, booya), and I believe to be unique to the comic.
As for the art in general, there was some anatomical offness (pg 64
) at the beginning. When rooms are drawn they are very bleak and simple (a couch here, a shelf there, walls are pretty plain). Though, the market scene is filled with details. Speaking of details, I appreciate that Claire had hat-hair for a couple pages (pg 94
), nice touch lol
Being that this is Hell, I would really like to see more scenery and imagination. I know it’s supposed to be sort of normal, and boring, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have some sinister/odd theme to it. The first glimpse of hell we get is Chapter 3, where there are just people chilling in a land of flames like it’s the mall. Pg 88
has a frame of buildings that look a little wonky (in a good kind of wonky way), I think more of that sort of feel would help define the world a little more.
I find all these characters to be pretty believable, along with most of their dialog, motives and actions. Each character has a unique style, and silhouette.
is adorable, I’ll just get that out there first. I was a little put off by the whole cliché goth-chick-joins-a-cult thing, but the comic likes to poke fun at itself, and addresses the incident as an embarrassing one. As far as her ‘goth’ persona, behind the face tattoos and dark clothing she’s not very angsty (considering what she’s going through, she could be a lot worse, but she is literally going through hell). She seems to love meeting new people, tolerates her work, and get excited about cute things. She hasn’t really grieved about dying, she just sort of rolled with it. But I guess that’s just how this Hell is; it’s another boring life, so just deal with it, it’s not even like you’re dead, you still have to use tampons (I don’t even want to imagine what tampons in hell would be like…). That being said, I look forward to Kame going under some serious character development.
is a perfect bitch. She isn’t catty, she isn’t petty, she’s reasonable, and she’ll just tell it how it is. I appreciated the way Kame put it, how when Claire was alive she was just as bitchy, but in a fake high schooler way, whereas now she’s just saying what’s on her mind. All things considered, Claire is a pretty good Virgil-type character.
The boys, Marcus
. We don’t really know much about these guys, but Marcus appears to be the guy that adjusted all-too-well to hell, and Theo kind of keeps him in line. I would definitely like to see more of them. Something else I noticed is that Marcus is drawn about 90% of the time with his teeth showing, while other characters talking (most of the time) you just see their lips. It’s an interesting character feature I think.
A couple interactions I want to touch on are the discussion about the wardens in the diner, Kame and Claire arguing over money, and the most current altercation between the Warden and creepy-shop-dude.
Let’s start with Kame and Claire arguing over what Kame should spend her hard-earned money on. I appreciated that even though this was clearly a parent-child sort of fight, it wasn’t handled like a bad episode of Seventh Heaven. Never once did I get the feeling that Kame was going to scream “You’re not my real mom!” and sob as she runs out crying. She does walk out on Claire, but how else to you leave an argument when you’re a teenager? This interaction not only reminds us that Kame is still an immature teenager, but that Claire has changed drastically from her former self.
When Kame sits down with Marcus and Theo (and eventually Claire, after some glaring from the Warden) and discuss what exactly the Wardens are, I got really excited. I wanted to know what the hell they were and what kind of system runs hell, and what exactly is the point of this anyway? Instead the crew just sort of muses on the subject and everyone had to go back to work. We’re on chapter 6 now, and I still am not really sure what else there is to hell besides working a greasy job. I’m not saying there needs to be a sit down session with the Rules of Hell, but I would think by now there would have been some more opportunities to show what’s going on. And where do the cigarettes come from?
Along those lines, I hope the current altercation between the Warden and the creepy-shop-dude leads to some more world-explanation. What sort of shifty junk is this dude up to?
Random bits that are I couldn't find a category title for:
- Point of View- Most of the time we are in the POV of Kame (or main characters around her), but there are 2 instances where it breaks and we get to hear what other no-name people are thinking. Once is when the Warder first shlorps Kame into the level of hell at the beginning, with the dude walking by, and the other time we hear from the disgruntled clerk. I'm pretty sure these weren't supposed to be read into, but Hell would be the kind of place where you would have to hear what everyone was thinking, and you had no privacy, but I'm probably thinking too much into it, lol
Seventh Circle Flea Market- "Flea Market in Hell" Good band name. At first sight I was like, "I only remember the first level of hell in Inferno, I wonder if the 7th is Greed? That would make sense I guess," so I wiki'd it, and all I got was the seventh circle is violence. Maybe I just don't get the reference?
I mostly covered this in the character blips, but I guess I’ll sum it up so this thing doesn’t run on forever >>
This comic effectively makes me care what’s going to happen to the characters, and has me understanding why these characters do what they do, but as a reader I need/want to know more about the world these they are in. I’m not even really sure that the end should be like? Is the goal to live out her sentence? Is it to escape? What happens after her 500 years?
And what the hell is this guy behind the counter, and why does he look like that? (pg 78
) (I really hope the answer is that he's some sort of lesser clerk demon)