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Hell To Pay #5

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

The only thing that stands between the death of Sebastian Stone and the Poor Man’s plan to hire the Devil himself using his thousands of cursed hellcoins is Sebastian’s better half, Maia Stone. But Maia will need power beyond anything she’s ever wielded to win this fight. One Faustian bargain…coming right up.

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Soule has put down a hell of a lot of story in the first five issues of the series. Given how much has been delivered in the course of the first five issues, it’s kind of surprising that the series hasn’t felt more narratively cramped and crowded as it could have been. Soule gives each moment a great deal of room to breathe, and Sliney’s visuals lend a voluminous weight to everything that makes it feel much bigger than the images on the page.

  • 89


    While the opening meeting in this issue is story specific, there is some incidental irony to this book itself. After a short delay, writer Charles Soule brings readers back to the steps of the Shrouded College. It’s unlikely, however, that anyone would consider this series an underperformer thus far. With Hell to Pay #5 this trend continues, so this creative team clearly just wants to remind readers of rarity. A comic book that understands our existence and capitalizes on it by establishing (or exposing?) lore and mythos is truly a priceless gem.

    Hell to Pay #5 ties the knot between the world of love and business. Proposals and partnerships exist in both, often allowing one party to emerge as the primary beneficiary.

    The other is left to go frost themselves.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Soule delivers a dark chapter in this story and the tension within it is fantastic. I love seeing Maia take matters into her own hands and the growing danger to her and her unborn child makes her mission more engaging to the reader. I love the intensity of the story and how it takes some dark and twisted turns that leave me with more questions and a sense that I cannot predict what will happen next for either character.

    The Art: Sliney delivers some beautifully detailed art throughout the issue. The visuals are bright and visually engaging.

  • 85


    Will Sliney goes hard on the demons in this issue, and their designs are freaky and unique from anything you’ve seen before. The opening demon has two heads loosely connected to a body in a grotesque style. We get to see three different demons in this issue, each with a different look. The play with the layout and composition of the page also continues to be energetic and fun. Double page layouts that are slashing diagonally add excellent energy to the page.

    Hell to Pay #5 is a good penultimate issue setting up a final battle and delivering key details to further flesh out the world.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    Hell to Pay #5 is building up to the end of the arc, and it is obvious that there is a lot going on. The deals are complicated, and demons do like to finesse them where they can. The background concept keeps things interesting as well as providing an anchor to reality in this fascinating story.

  • 80

    There’s simply nothing else like Hell To Pay in comics at the moment, and as writer Charles Soul and artist Will Sliney continue to build out the world, it only mesmerizes that much more. The series takes a big jump in issue #5, and that move allows not only the grander story to move forward in an unexpected way but it also shakes Maia and Sebastian’s core foundation as characters. The cause they fight for comes into question and the decisions Maia makes from here on out aren’t nearly as easy to predict, and that gives the book a welcome shot of energy across the board. Meanwhile Sliney, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer Chris Crank seem to be enjoying the expansive playground the series offers, with creepy demons and fabled warriors appearing throughout and always leaving an impression. The stakes and the mission have seemingly changed, and those changes have made an already stellar series even better.

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