For a fantastic representation of how a little goes a long way, for a dark story that also makes me laugh out loud, for characters who are a lot broken but you still like them anyway
On earth there are bad people, and then there are REALLY BAD people. If you’re one of the latter, you don’t just get sent to Hell, you get sent to Hell and get assigned a job collecting the souls of some of the worst people on Earth. Such is the career path of a young woman named Scarlet, who dies and is delivered down to the fiery underworld only to find herself in an entry level position as…The Grim Reaper!
I stumbled upon this comic recently and I am so glad I did! ‘Scarlet’ is the worst kind of sinner, and delays her eternity of damnation by becoming a grim reaper. But she’s got a quota to fill — one sinner killed per day. Things get hairy quick, though, when a rogue detective happens to find her immediately after she slices up her first kill. Mutual suspicion is had.
I absolutely adore the art style. It’s almost entirely in black, gray, and red, and it’s stunning. It fits the story so well, and you might be surprised by how much drama the scheme adds to it. Plus when we get a surprise pop of brights or pastels, it’s a dramatic punch in the face that lets you know something is seriously different. Beyond that, it’s just raw and gritty and scary in that unsettling way. Multitudes of eyeballs usually are. And you know what? A story about the grim reaper and killing sinners really should be a bit unsettling.
The story is of course fantastic. Our characters are convoluted and morality is a constant question. What decides someone as a sinner? Do certain “sins” really deserve an eternity of damnation? Is there ever a time when murder is ok? Do good intentions count for anything? There’s a lot to unpack in this story, and if you’re willing to, you could get some solid conversations with others from it.
The hilarity is not to be discounted, though. This is certainly a dark humor at times, and frequently is so funny because it’s in such stark contrast the recent horrors that preceded it. Personally, I also love the slanted references to one of my favorite MMORPGs with things like killing boars in your starter quest and questing through Darkmoon Valley. If that means anything to you, you’ll get a kick out of it as well.
In short: a darkly unsettling story with stark art to match. Definitely recommend.