"Abandon Hope....All That Enter Here!"
A man finds himself lost
Until he is led into the very depths of Hell
And he wonders, as he observes the terrible fates of the sinners
what could be in store for him?
A MODERN RETELLING OF DANTE'S
EACH LEVEL OF HELL IS ILLUSTRATED BY A
DIFFERENT ARTIST. Galen Showman is the continuity artist that handles
the scenes between the various levels. Some of the artists included in
Sinergy are: VINCE LOCKE, MICHAEL LARK, JIM CALAFIORE, GUY DAVIS,
DALIBOR TALIJAC, MARK BLOODWORTH, NATE PRIDE, DAVID MACK, PAUL KOWALSKI, and
many others. Sin Eternal is a compilation of the five issue mini-series,
Sinergy, originally released from Caliber Comics with about 20 new pages.
Sin Eternal is more than just a re-tooling of
the immortal classic, Dantes Inferno. It plants itself firmly in the modern world
and away from the political crimes that dominated Dantes work. It brings a very
basic questioning of the mans faith as he witnesses some of the most horrendous
punishments that could be exacted. The story 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.
From the ferry of Charon, the man is taken into the very depths of evil. He must escape
the giant creature, Minos to the swallowing jaws of Cerebus. From 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 its not the traditional view, because after all, Lucifer was
considered the Morning Star
the beautfiul angel. All is not as it might first appear.
Basing the structure of the underworld on Dantes 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.
The 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.
The following is a list of the different levels of Hell that
are explored in the pages of Sin Eternal. Some may be familiar to those who have followed
Dante's Inferno but there are quite a few new additions and changes. The list is in order
- The Opportunists
- The Carnals
- The Gluttons
- The Hoarders and Wasters
- The Wrathful and Sullen
- The Gates of Dis
- The Heretics
- The Industrialists
- The Self-Abusers
- Inner Demons
- Woods of the Suicides
- Soldiers of Faith
- River of Blood
- Sowers of Discord
- The Grafters
- The Bolgias
- The Hypocrites
- The Den of Thieves
- The Falsifiers
- Maze of Eternity
- The Giants
- The Blasphemers
- Realm of Ice
- Dante's Devil
- Devil's Guises
Each level of Hell is illustrated by a different artist.
Sean Van Briesen