The Hated: A Review
When I first heard about an alternate history comic book written by David Walker and illustrated by Sean Hill, I was on board. Anyone familiar with either of these men knew that whatever they produced was going to be top notch. I was not disappointed.
The Hated is an alternate history story that takes place in a world where the Civil War ended in a truce, not a defeat for the South. Two nations exist where one once stood; the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Although the war is officially over, the conflict continues. Confederate raiders venture into the US to capture freed Black people and take them into slavery, while US warriors slip into the Confederate States to free Black people still suffering bondage. Walker's main character, Araminta Free, fights on both sides of the border, hunting down Confederate raiders while also leading expedition into the South to free enslaved Black people.
This is a well told tale, with David's no nonsense prose and Hill's amazing artwork blending together to tell a riveting tale. There is one particular image that tells more than any words could; Walker allow it to speak volumes. As an added bonus, Walker treats us with a couple of pages of prose to give us more background. I like what he does with Frederick Douglas. To find out, you'll have to read it yourself.
The Hated is a great comic. I'm highly anticipating the next issue and you will too once you read it. If you didn't participate in the Kickstarter, the book will be available from Solid Comix. Do yourself a favor and pick it up. You won't be disappointed.