Review: Infidel #1

A haunted house story for the 21st century, Infidel follows an American Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia.

Writer Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Aaron Campbell give us a hell of a first issue that feels like the beginning of every horror movie as we’re dropped into an every day situation that feels mundane in ways. It’s the lowering of the guard as the tension builds and weirdness begins.

But, what Pichetshote does that I really enjoy is including the aspect that the main character is an American Muslim woman who is struggling with her mother in law and family. The inclusion of xenophobia as the driver here reminds me of Get Out and its tackling of race. Hopefully this comic is able to pull off that layered brilliance but even if not, the first issue points to a tense horror comic that’ll entertain.

The comic also tackles being Muslim in American society. I can’t really comment on that aspect as I’m not Muslim, but what’s presented feels well rounded and very heart-wrenching and the difficulty of being torn between two worlds. It’s something anyone that’s religious can probably relate to.

That’s also due to the talent of Campbell as well as the colorist José Villarrubia and letterer Jeff Powell. The art helps to perfectly build the mood of the comic. It gives us slices of domestic life, innocent enough, but the style and choices build a tension throughout the first issue. It’s that great calm before the storm that makes horror movies so well.

The issue has a lot of potential and is among a few comics (and entertainment) that have no problem diving into modern issues of racism, xenophobia, etc. It does that while also building a horror story that entertains on its own. It’s that great example of entertainment featuring layers and helping explore our real world.

Can’t wait to see where this one goes and this is a must for horror fans or those that like stories with some layers, this is a must.

Story: Pornsak Pichetshote Art: Aaron Campbell Color José Villarrubia Letterer: Jeff Powell
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review