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‘Hell to Pay’ #3 reveals the villain’s terrible plot

‘Hell to Pay’ #3 moves the plot forward while showing us the evils of capitalism came from demons.

Hell to Pay returns this week to further reveal the exploits of Shrouded College and the escape Sebastian and Maia hope for from its clutches. At the end of the day, Sebastian and Maia need out as they are conscripted to work for them until every coin from Hell is found and returned. The problem is Maia is pregnant, and the clock is ticking as far as how long they continue to live such dangerous lives.

Hell to Pay #3 opens similarly to the last issue as we see another form of capitalism’s best hits came from a demon paid with a coin from Hell. This time it’s a man who is given a chance to invent the modern factory, reducing a worker’s necessary skill to pulling levers and pressing buttons. It’s a neat way to show how these coins augmented history while showing how impactful a demon can be on a human.

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If you were curious who the villain was, we get far more of him in this issue. Not only do we get to see his operation but also how it’s run. While his ability to make many suffer is abhorrent, you can tell his end goal is likely not pure evil. From his operations to a friend brought in to help Maia, this issue helps us see the fantastical things our heroes and the villains can do when part of the Shrouded College.

‘Hell to Pay’ #3 review

Demons really messed things up for us.
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Plot progression-wise, this story delivers a lot. From the info on the villain to Maia and Sebastian taking the fight to the bad guy, we get a good deal of progress. The big cliffhanger of the last issue is surprisingly left out of this issue–they’ll likely play a huge part next issue–but enough happens to feel satisfying by the end. Ultimately there’s a strong statement being made here about how capitalism is evil, and there’s a reason why it was started in Hell. We see it when the villain finds new bodies to exploit, and he does so without remorse, much like many do for immigrants coming to this country.

Art by Will Sliney is hyper-clean and expertly done regarding environments and settings. Page layout continues to be fun, like a page that slices across the page while Maia and Sebastian do a bit of magic. Characters can sometimes look a bit stiff, particularly Sebastian, but a standard of detail is expertly done throughout. Things get real weird in one of the final scenes that’s action-packed and gross in a cool supernatural way.

It’s becoming clearer with each issue Hell to Pay has something important to say about the capitalist system we’re all tied to, making it feel important and well worth reading. Beyond this deeper meaning is an action-packed supernatural story involving demons, magic, and a supernatural espionage world worth investing in.

‘Hell to Pay’ #3 reveals the villain's terrible plot
‘Hell to Pay’ #3 reveals the villain’s terrible plot
Hell to Pay #3
It's becoming clearer with each issue Hell to Pay has something important to say about the capitalist system we're all tied to, making it feel important and well worth reading. Beyond this deeper meaning is an action-packed supernatural story involving demons, magic, and a supernatural espionage world worth investing in.
Reader Rating1 Vote
8.9
Highly detailed backgrounds and environments--and demons--permeate the issue
A lot of plot progression in this issue as we learn more about the villain
Continues to make interesting and compelling statements about the evils of capitalism
Some of the characters can look a little stiff
8.5
Good
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