by Gilbert Hernandez, 2007, Fantagraphics, 120 pages, $16.95
Last night, I blew through Gilbert Hernandez's Chance in Hell in well under two hours. I think that if I had been stuck in that horrific world for a minute longer I would have lost it. I challenge anyone to read this thing over the course of more than one sitting.
I'm not saying you shouldn't read it. It is bravura comic book work. But be prepared for a visceral, stomach-turning assault -- I really didn't understand what I was getting into and got caught completely off-guard. Mind = reeling.
And yeah, now I pretty much have to hunt down Hernandez's Speak of the Devil asap. This guy is still swinging for the fences and hitting grand slams, several decades into his career. Astonishing.
Read a twenty-page preview here, if you dare.
You can buy it from Fantagraphics here or from Amazon here: Chance In Hell