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"...a most distinguished and thought-provoking piece of work." - Chicago's New Age Magazine
Written by: Gary Reed
Illustrated by: Galen Showman, various
Published as 5 comic issues and graphic novel
Black and White print
All Publishing and Media rights available
Hope....All That Enter Here!"
man finds himself lost…
he is led into the very depths of Hell itself.
he wonders, as he observes the terrible fates of the sinners...
could be in store for him?
MODERN RETELLING OF DANTE'S INFERNO
Eternal is more than just a re-tooling of the immortal classic, Dante’s
Inferno. It plants itself firmly in the modern world and away from the
political crimes that dominated Dante’s work. It brings a very basic
questioning of the man’s faith as he witnesses some of the most horrendous punishments
that could be exacted.
series covers the travels of the man who is sent to Hell to examine the various
torments and punishments that the sinners of Earth are forced to face each
moment of eternity. From the slovenly gluttons to the fates of the suicides,
from the heretics to the thieves, a variety of different levels are covered.
the ferry of Charon, the man is taken into the very depths of evil. He must
escape the giant creature Minos and the swallowing jaws of Cerebus. Here he observes the
Dance of the Harlots who abused love to the gluttons who are encased in solid
gold. Witnessing the Heretics, imprisoned in furnace-like cells to the
Industrialists, those who are taken over by the very machines they created. Those
who kill in the name of God are forced into an un-ending battle of mutilation
which leads to the River of Blood with the souls of Idi Amin, Hitler, and
Stalin washing the crimson onto the shores. The Maze of Eternity blends into a
surreal world of mystic images and fallen idols until he finally reaches the
very source of evil itself, the Devil. But it’s not the traditional view as you may think,
because after all, Lucifer was considered the Morning Star...the beautiful angel.
All is not as it might first appear.
the structure of the underworld on Dante’s classic epic, elements of Paradise
Lost by Milton are also mixed in this story that transcends religious beliefs.
Set up in the unique style found often in mythological literature, Sin Eternal
approaches the subject matter delicately. The elements of the underworld have
been brought up to present day to include modern crimes and de-emphasize the
religious and political crimes that Dante based most of his torments on.
man who visits Hell is designed as an everyman, one who witnesses the fates of
the sinners so that he can govern his own choices in life.
shocking conclusion is a sensible and apt one that leaves a satisfying ending
yet spawns a new beginning.
Brief description: A modern re-telling
of the classic Dante’s Inferno as the perceived notion of Hell is explored and
examined. There are vast differences however, and the use of Dante's Inferno is
only a loose structure that is utilized.
that transcends the bizarre and reaches out to touch many different myths and
fables about mankind’s fate after death. A philosophical touch to insure that
viewers are making up their own minds as they go through the journey.
Association: Combining the
passions of religious beliefs with the sanctity of free will, Sin Eternal can
appeal to all religious denominations as it is evident that this is just one
man’s journey and does not necessarily speak for all mankind. Dream-like, Sin
Eternal will appeal to fans of Jacob’s Ladder and of course, classics such as
Paradise Lost and Dante’s Inferno.
Format: Sin Eternal has a
definite beginning and ending and it is the middle that could seemingly go on
forever. After all, if Hell is an eternity and mankind’s sins are endless, the
different levels of Hell could possibly never be defined. Released as five single
issues, Sin Eternal has been compiled into a complete graphic novel collection.
Additional: Sin Eternal allows an examination of after-life beliefs without an offensive direction. Viewers can dismiss the validity of the journey as it is explicitly stated that what is "Hell" for one person, it is not necessarily the same Hell for another. The flexibility and worldness of the property would allow it to expand into almost any format.