"Infidel #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Pornsak Pichetshote
Illustrated by Aaron Campbell
Colored by Jose Villarrubia
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 18th, 2018
Aisha is living in a haunted house...but she seems to be the only one that knows it. The other residents in the apartment building are enjoying the low rent that comes with living in the site of a possible terrorist bombing. So are the monsters Aisha is seeing real? Or are they all in her head? As if this wasn't enough, She also has to deal with the casual racism of her future mother-in-law, Leslie.
Infidel plays with this idea of an unreliable narrator well. We often see the world through Aisha's eyes and all the bizarre creatures that come with it. This makes the flips back to reality (or what everyone else is seeing) all the more frightening, especially since it usually involves Aisha freaking out about something.
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Artist Aaron Campbell draws some crazy scary monsters to terrorize poor Aisha. They look like demented versions of normal people, with their limbs twisted and crumbled up. Picture taking a paper doll and folding it up in weird angles, then letting it unfold a bit. That's kind of what we're dealing with here, but it's flesh and blood. This adds a bit of body horror to Infidel and it's super creepy.
These creatures also have a different texture to them. Colorist Jose Villarrubia gives them an otherworldly glow that's slightly iridescent, yet incredibly filthy. It's like they clawed their way up from Hell itself.
Obviously these scenes are filled with terror, but what is perhaps even more horrifying are the scenes without the demons. Aisha's reactions are scaring the people closest to her. Seeing the frightened, innocent look on her future step-daughter, Kris, cuts deep. Imagine seeing someone you love suddenly writhing in fear of unseen monsters, screaming and yelling while clawing at her skin. That would scare the crap out of you.
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The interactions between Aisha and Leslie have a charge to them. Based on what we know about both characters, every word and every subtle glance is given additional weight, particularly those coming from Leslie. Does she really see Aisha as an enemy? Or is she trying to welcome her into her life?
Infidel already sent shivers down my spine with the first issue. I didn't know how the creative team could have topped that, but then this chapter comes along and I literally said “Holy crap” with the closing pages. I finished this comic with white knuckles and bated breath. Infidel elicits a physical reaction of fright that comes with great horror. This is a comic that will stay with you. It's an absolutely terrifying read that will get under your skin.