Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Dan Watters
Art, Cover: Caspar Wijngaard
Lettering: Jim Campbell
Limbo is the story of Clay, who was found nine months ago, beaten up and unconscious, by a woman called Sandy, who saved his life and with whom he now shares a flat. She also helped him become a P.I.; his only problem is that he has no memory whatsoever of who he was before Sandy found him. Sandy, instead, deals in Voodoo. I mean, she has personal relationships with most Voodoo spirits, usually through old tapes (music and video). They live in Dedande, a big city in the southern US full of filth and corruption.
Clay and Sandy are involved in a complex game between Baron Saturday and his formerly estranged wife Madame Bridgette; as pawns, they are using humans (from the nastiest criminals in town to innocents) and various magic creatures.
This issue #6 (that concludes this first story arc) opens with a deep reflection by Sandy on the figure of the detective in novels and film. Meanwhile Clay, who has been shown by an entity called the Teleshaman a tape about his past which he doubts, gets home and finds it in a mess: he is convinced that his enemies have taken Sandy (who is instead out trying to save him), and is filled with regret. Madame Bridgette, in incognito as plain Bridgette who works as a cleaner in a club owned by the Thumb, the Dedande crime lord who always wear a Mexican-style wrestling mask, is confronted by her boss, who understood she is more than a simple cleaner.
Author Dan Watters creates a very interesting, complex story, mixing up the “regular” world and the supernatural in a flawless way; Caspar Wijngaard adds a brand of art that helps understand the limbo our characters are caught in, between the two worlds, full of darkness and doubt.
Starting to read Limbo from here is, honestly, not advisable: ignoring what happened before, in previous issues, would make understanding the fact in this issue pretty much impossible. I’d advise to find the previous books and catch up. And no, the summaries you’ll find online won’t be enough: trust me.