Space collects Robert Sergel's comics from his Eschew series. This digest-size, 160 page volume will provide adventurous comics readers with an immersion in alienation effected through clean, tight linework set against highly controlled blocks of solid black, that create an ambience perfectly tuned to the tales Sergel wants to tell.
We've had this in the shop for a couple years now, but just realized we failed to put it up on the site! Nick Drnaso fans who haven't already checked out Sergel's work stand a good chance of digging the work collected here.
The aptly titled Satan's Kingdom portrays a series of protagonists each caught in their own personal hell, which Sergel clearly implies is of their own making. And, speaking of clear, comics artwork doesn't get any more ligne claire than that through which these stories are conveyed, a style which, ironically to the point of paradox, heightens the eerie, ouroboric feel that haunts a number of these stories, most notably the lead, title story. An inference that could be drawn here is that it is precisely in the illusion of clarity that the horror of today is located.
But for the two which appear here for the first time, all of the stories collected here were originally published between 2014 and 2021, in a variety of publications, most notably Sergel's own series, Eschew. Readers of Daniel Clowes's just released graphic novel, Monica may occasionally feel a sense of déjà vu reading through Satan's Kingdom, as they share a number of similar "notes" (as in musical).