The Life After Vol 1

Jude’s life is nothing special. It seems like every day is just a repeat of the last one, until one day, he meets a woman and can suddenly see into her past — revealing that he is actually in Purgatory for suicides. Now that he’s awake, he and the legendary Ernest Hemingway are on the path to change things in the afterlife for the better. Of course, that might not sit very well with the bigwigs down below or up above. Can just a few people change the course of billions of souls? 

This trade collects the first five issues of the ongoing series, that Joshua Wilson (Nailbiter & Birthright) calls, “an amazing work of comics.”

The Life After really is something special.

If you find yourself rolling your eyes through the first couple of pages, keep reading. The art isn’t much to write home about – just a couple steps above amateurish. I had to force myself to keep reading.

But once I actually got into the story, I found a really funny, snarky, original tale of afterlife bureaucracy that really sank its fangs into me. The dark humor is great, and the explanation for why Jude is stuck in purgatory actually made me nod and smile – “Of course!” The whole comic has a sort of “Against the Gods” feeling, one of struggling against a universe whose arbitrary dictates grind down the human spirit. If you’re in a bad place, this might be the comic for you.

The Life After is one of the most original comics out there, and I highly recommend it.

Final Verdict: 4 out of 5.

The Life After Volume 1 can be found at Oni Press.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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