People die every day. Even so, the survivors keep going about their business, living life and finding entertainment in whatever joy there is to find. But what if the dead did the same thing? Maybe the afterlife’s just another mundane place you go to; forced to just… keep existing?

Welcome to Purgatory by Don Juan Mancha III. Without familial contact or any real understanding, the dead are plopped here with all their memories and personality intact. Just another life for the no longer living.

It’s a comic that could end up having a lot to say, or maybe it’ll just have a cool story in another cool world. Either way, I’m interested to see where it goes.

It’s Certainly Not Heaven.

Purgatory, review, the indie toaster

Purgatory begins as two men make their way to kidnap a little girl… great start!

The men give chase as she flees the scene, running into our main protagonist: Ryan. Cornered, the girl (later revealed to be named Emi) and Ryan nearly get done-in; but a little bit of luck goes a long way, and they manage to escape.

After a brief breather they part ways; Ryan to his home and the Emi to a place perhaps more nefarious. We then get a look at Ryan’s life – living with his seemingly good-for-nothing roommate Vincent – and the woes of an unfulfilling afterlife.

From here, Purgatory explores the headspace of a couple characters as well as mentioning what looks to be a recurring theme…

Father, Where Art Thou?

Apparently, it’s not as easy to reconnect with dead relatives as you might think. Various people lament being unable to contact or find others who’ve died in the family. It’s such a problem, that there’s even been an organization created to help “F.I.N.D” these people (as the name is abbreviated).

Purgatory, review, the indie toaster

Perhaps It’ll play more of a whole later, but as of chapter 3 that’s all we have for the missing families’ thing. I like the topic though and really want to see it get fleshed out a bit more.

Then, there’s the supernatural element. Later on, we get a look at Emi as she uses a strange power to feed her attackers to some sort of creature. Of course, since it’s the afterlife, we’re getting some cool other-worldly stuff; but to what extent waits to be revealed…

Visually, Purgatory is just kind of fine. I have no strong opinions on the way the comics looks, really. Most shots are relatively clean with some bordering on a bit cluttered, but nothing that’s too problematic. It doesn’t really impress but it doesn’t disappoint either so that’s always good. All in all, it looks pretty nice.

But Would I die to Read it?

We’re really early on, so I can’t really make any strong opinions about Purgatory as of the moment. The plot moves at a slow enough pace that not much has really happened at the time of writing. Even so, the comic doesn’t bomb or anything; so it must be doing something right.

Purgatory, review, the indie toaster

Really, I’m just left needing a bit more before I can really form true opinions around this one. I’m sure it’ll come into its own after another chapter or two.

Purgatory was by no means a bad time but hasn’t really blown me away yet. Honestly, as of now, it’s just another comic to me: nothing bad, but nothing too impressive either. I’d give it a bit more development to let it come into its own. Until then, you can give it a look here if you’re interested. You might like it!