Title: Limbo (Issues #1 – #6)
Author: Dan Watters
Artist: Caspar Wijngaard
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
This edition of Limbo has the collected works, issues 1 through six. The most striking aspect of Limbo is the art and colors.
The Dia de los Muertos motifs reminded me of The Book of Life, which surprisingly had some overlapping plot points, like challenging other-worldly beings. The setting is characterized in a gritty way and almost feels like another character.
Similar to a novella , I read recently, the main character Clay is faced with identity questions and ultimately must prove himself worthy of passing various tests, unbeknownst to him, to determine whether or not to leave Limbo.
The world within this story also leaves the reader a little lost and unsure of who to actually trust. Who are the antagonists and in some cases who are the worse antagonists.
Limbo is portrayed as being neon-noir and containing 80’s VHS aesthetic. I’m new to the term ‘neon-noir’ and ’80’s VHS aesthetic’ and despite a quick google search I still didn’t get a clear definition for what either of those terms mean. However, reading through this graphic novel, I was able to get a slight grasp on what they could possibly mean. For instance, I could almost feel and hear the static from a tv screens radiating and the pastel to dark colors reminded me of TV culture, very reminiscent of the 90’s (much less the 80’s, but I’m a 90’s kid so I could be wrong).
All in all, Limbo, worth a read if readers are interested in a fresh new take and interested in alternative approaches to the life and death question.