Elevator #4
Written by: Dwight MacPherson
Art by: Randy Valiente
Published by: Hocus Pocus Comics

Hocus Pocus Comics’ Elevator miniseries gave a whole new meaning to the term, “Go to hell.”  You can read our reviews of the previous issues by clicking here.  The basic premise of the book is about these kids who return to a family owned hotel after many years and are tricked into getting into an elevator that takes them directly to hell.  Finding themselves unable to just get back into the elevator and return to Earth, the kids are forced to circumvent hell where everything and everyone wants to kill them.

By the basic nature of this series there is three ways I thought the book could end.  #1 – The characters get stuck in hell forever.  #2 – The characters escape and make it back to Earth. #3 – The characters somehow end up in heaven where they spend their days…….playing volleyball?  I dunno.  What the hell is there to do in Heaven?  I’m sure all the strip clubs are probably back down in hell.

The beginning of this issue has a very “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey” vibe.  That is probably the biggest accolade I can give.  Brothers Rich and Ed are forced to deal with the Devil himself  to escape hell.  Problem is good ol’ Lucifer seems way too happy to give the brothers what they want.  So Rich and Ed are put off.  Why would the Devil try to help them escape hell?  Why indeed.

Suddenly things kick off with a bang.  There’s demons.  There’s angels.  There’s people going to the hotel on Earth having no clue they are sheep to a slaughter.  There is evil everywhere.  There’s a ton of action which really made the book go quickly.  Almost too quick.  It was over before I knew it.  The story had a resolution and I’m happy with that resolution.  But can a story be too well paced?  Is that even a thing?  I don’t know.  I just enjoyed the entirety of this series so much that I’m saddened to see it already over.

Now this review doesn’t delve too deep into the plot and there’s a reason for that.  I just wanted to go over the overall story of issue 4and that’s it.  There’s a lot that happens to wrap this series up and I really don’t want to spoil anything.  If you haven’t been reading Elevator then my only recommendation is to stop reading this and head over to ComiXology.

I’ve been a longtime fan of writer Dwight MacPherson.  I was so excited when he decided to launch his own comic company and have really liked the titles from the company thus far.  Elevator is the first completed series from Hocus Pocus Comics and I really enjoyed this fun, strange trip to hell.  What’s not to love?  The writing was definitely solid throughout.

I really love Randy Valiente’s work here.  The man is able to draw such depth but his hell has such an emptiness to it.  I don’t know if that was written in the script or just the way Valiente decided to draw the comic.  Either way it works wonders and feels horribly drab.  It really feels like you are in hell and there’s no escape.  I also applaud the decision in keeping this a black & white comic.  I feel with the way that Valiente handled the pencils it would have actually damaged the look he was going for.  Valiente was brilliant in drawing this book and really gave me such the creepy horror vibe.

I’m sad that the Elevator miniseries is over but here’s hoping the series returns in some form in the future.  I can certainly see a sequel even though none is called for.  But the comic world is so much better with Elevator in its life.  It is a Dante’s Inferno for the Me Generation and it kept me guessing right up until the very end.

RANK: A

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