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Hell To Pay #4

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 3 critic ratings.

The Poor Man has been minting thousands upon thousands of cursed hellcoins for an unknown purpose. Now, the reason for this incredibly dangerous decision is revealed – how he intends to spend all of that damned wealth – his world-changing investment into a hellish new future. The stakes… are high.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
36 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 85


    Hell to Pay has been an exciting series that has kept us on the edge of our seats as it’s kicked off the start of a larger horror universe. It’s also in development for a television series, increasing the buy-in. The fourth issue, out in comic shops this week, may be the strongest as far as revealing what’s really going on. It’s an entire issue focused on a different character with a long story about wealth and capitalism. Buckle up, folks: it’s an interesting twist that recontextualizes the villain of the series.

    If you’re unfamiliar with this series, the basic premise is easy enough to understand. For centuries, humans have used gold coins stolen from Hell to trade with demons. Money has aided in founding the idea of trading in stocks and helped manipulate human culture into the capitalist society it is today. Our protagonists hope to acquire every last coin so they can be retired from the Shrouded College, but somehow new coins are popping up. Hell to Pay #4 answers the question of why. (…) Hell to Pay #4 surprises as it shows how much higher the stakes are while giving us some answers along the way. Meanwhile, this series continues to show us examples of people bartering with demons in the past and how that’s all related to the story set in the current timeline. It does boldly change gears with an entire issue devoted to an unfamiliar character, but it pays off in the end.

  • 80

    Hell to Pay #4 finally brings the book’s main antagonist into the spotlight, and though there’s a sizable runway before takeoff, the end result is worth the wait. Writer Charles Soule takes a personal level approach to establishing what’s led to the creation of the new Qurrakhs, and that journey is rather winding but always succeeds in keeping your attention. The various trials and setbacks Stone has suffered along the way can’t help but endear you to him, even when he decides to go to questionable extremes. Those setbacks connect as well as they do thanks to the artwork of Will Sliney, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer Chris Crank, though when they really get to lean into the supernatural, the book soars even higher. Who knew monster monsters were that disturbing? There’s not much movement on the other parts of the story, but this issue was much needed to establish the reasons behind the mission, and with this context in tow, the adventure is poised to really pick up speed.

  • 80

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    Hell to Pay #4 again shows us the dark underbelly of capitalism, but using horror to do this in a way that is creative and suspenseful. Even though this is a digression from the main story, it answers questions in the most interesting way possible.

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