Limbo by Dan Watters and Casper Wijingaard ~Goodreads~
Published by Image Comics 2016
Paperback edition 160 pages ~Book Depository~
I was sent this graphic novel for an honest review from the publisher via Netgalley.
A detective with no memory, no identity, and no manners. A femme fatale seeking escape from a powerful crime lord. A voodoo queen with a penchant for mixtapes and hi-tops. A goat-eating TV… A surreal neon-noir fusing hardboiled pulp with an 80s VHS visual aesthetic, dripping with neon and static. Collecting issues 1 through 6. Writer Dan Watters and artist Caspar Wijngaard are an up-and-coming creative team living and working in the UK. They are currently making their Image Comics debut with the surreal Neon Noir Limbo.
Set in a strange town called Dedande. The story begins on Dia de Muertos (Day of The Dead) and takes place in a town that has very much a New Orleans kind of vibe but on LSD. This tale explores existentialism in a new way and with an interesting mix of culture, the artwork is bold with colours and is very 80s.
Our protagonist is Clay, a private eye who is rescued from the gutter by a young woman but has no memory of his past. Clay takes on a new client, Bridgette, to protect her from a drug lord who runs Dedand and finds himself pulled into another realm within televisions where voodoo gods accept mixed tapes as sacrifice.
Overall this was a fan graphic novel to read with such wonderful illustrations. I think my only complaint is that its a little rushed and a lot of violence occurred for no particular reason, which was a little annoying for me. The eighties pop culture was a personal favourite feature.