Unstoppable hit series Eight Billion Genies by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne—recently picked up by Amazon Studios for adaptation—will see a number of issues rushed back to print by Image Comics this week in order to keep up with escalating reorder activity. The momentum building with these chapters all leads up to the highly anticipated, penultimate, extra-length 40 page issue #7.
The Eight Billion Genies comic book series asks, If you had one wish… what would you wish for? Now, what if everyone else on the planet had one wish too? At exactly the same moment, everyone on earth gets a genie and one wish. Eight seconds later, the world has transformed forever…and that’s just the beginning.
Eight Billion Genies #1-6 reprints will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 1:
- Eight Billion Genies #1 fifth printing – Diamond Code OCT228576
- Eight Billion Genies #2 fifth printing – Diamond Code OCT228577
- Eight Billion Genies #3 fifth printing – Diamond Code OCT228578
- Eight Billion Genies #4 fourth printing – Diamond Code OCT228579
- Eight Billion Genies #5 second printing – Diamond Code OCT228580
- Eight Billion Genies #6 second printing – Diamond Code OCT228581
Bestselling author Charles Soule and fan-favorite artist Will Sliney have struck gold with their new series, Hell to Pay. Image Comics will rush the debut issue back to print in order to keep up with consumers’ high yield interest rate in this white-hot new launch.
In Hell to Pay, readers meet married young couple Maia and Sebastian Stone. Years ago, they made a deal with the mysterious Shrouded College to give them magic… but they incurred a debt. Until it’s paid, their lives are not their own. Maia and Sebastian have worked for the College ever since, using their new abilities to track down 666 cursed coins: qurrakh…aka, the Devil’s Dollar. Only a few remain. The Stones are almost free…but the devil’s in the details.
Hell to Pay #1, second printing (Diamond Code SEP228257) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 14.
In Hell to Pay, Hell is a real place. It’s not quite the concept we imagine but a cross between the torture and functioning society where money is exchanged for goods. And it’s that money that’s the focus. Hell to Pay #1 introduces us to Maia and Sebastian Stone who work for The Shrouded College. In exchange for magic, they need to track down the 666 Devil’s Dollars that have made it to Earth. What should be a straightforward mission becomes much more complicated… in multiple ways.
Written by Charles Soule, Hell to Pay #1 is an interesting beginning. The concept itself doesn’t excite me too much. A secret society dealing with real demons must get items back. It’s an overall concept we’ve seen so many times before. But, Soule doesn’t keep things simple. He throws in three details that makes the series interesting.
Maia and Sebastian are interesting leads. Married, their interaction is solid but there’s multiple bits of motivation that Soule puts into the story that makes their deal with The Shrouded College all the more interesting. Their choice isn’t one as much about machismo and the usual action story “tough guy” motivation but feels more of being forced to make.
Soule keeps that going by making things not as open ended as this type of story can be and a bit of a monkey wrench into their mission. Not only is there a time factor to the story that’s interesting but also a potential endless length to their mission. It makes the series intriguing and bit more than what we’ve seen before.
The art by Will Sliney is a bit hit and miss for me. With color by Rachelle Rosenberg and lettering by Chris Crank, the visuals are where the the comic slips a bit. The design overall is great. The characters and creatures, especially the scenes in Hell, are engaging and interesting. There’s just some quite a few panels where the positioning of people’s bodies doesn’t make sense delivering unnatural movement and body language that’s distracting. It’s not a killer aspect to the comic but when things are entertaining and good in so many ways, it enhances issues like this. There’s also some very interesting page layouts in the comic that make it one to get a physical copy.
Hell to Pay #1 has a lot of potential. An interesting concept is given a boost by a time aspect upping the stakes of it all. It’s a fun start that’s worth checking out for those interested in action films of the 90s.
Story: Charles Soule Art: Will Sliney
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Chris Crank
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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