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Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell. From CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals, Daredevil) and JASON LOO (The Pitiful Human-Lizard) comes a new Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell. From CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals, Daredevil) and JASON LOO (The Pitiful Human-Lizard) comes a new series featuring car chases, demon bounty hunters, and figuring out your place in this world and the next. Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. This title is available as part of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading on release with a print version available exclusively through Amazon.com.


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Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell. From CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals, Daredevil) and JASON LOO (The Pitiful Human-Lizard) comes a new Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell. From CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals, Daredevil) and JASON LOO (The Pitiful Human-Lizard) comes a new series featuring car chases, demon bounty hunters, and figuring out your place in this world and the next. Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. This title is available as part of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading on release with a print version available exclusively through Amazon.com.

30 review for Afterlift

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Janice Chen is making ends meet as an Lyft driver until one night she picks up a passenger and co-rider whose destination is Hell. Chased by other demons and her own conscience will she deliver to the demon she's picked up and deliver the co-rider's soul to damnation? It was a neat premise which devolves into a morality play. Zdarsky seems to work best when he stays inside the confines of the Marvel universe. Jason Loo's art is a little loose and undefined for me. The flashbacks particularly had Janice Chen is making ends meet as an Lyft driver until one night she picks up a passenger and co-rider whose destination is Hell. Chased by other demons and her own conscience will she deliver to the demon she's picked up and deliver the co-rider's soul to damnation? It was a neat premise which devolves into a morality play. Zdarsky seems to work best when he stays inside the confines of the Marvel universe. Jason Loo's art is a little loose and undefined for me. The flashbacks particularly had me confused as to whose story we were flashing back to. All his characters look the same.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A rideshare driver gets drafted into transporting a soul to the afterlife (+ Lyft = "Afterlift") and ends up in slam-bang Fast and Furious chase scenes through purgatory and hell with angels and demons on her tail. Dumb fun with a little bite of grief and trauma. A rideshare driver gets drafted into transporting a soul to the afterlife (+ Lyft = "Afterlift") and ends up in slam-bang Fast and Furious chase scenes through purgatory and hell with angels and demons on her tail. Dumb fun with a little bite of grief and trauma.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kadi P

    *Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.* Fantastically unique and original, this was a hell of a ride, *cough*, or should I say a hell of a car ride? That’s right, there was all sorts of driving around purgatory and running around hell, and it was chaotically epic! I loved that interspersed amongst the prolific action was a story of redemption and forgiveness. This was made even better by a compelling protagonist and interesting and d *Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.* Fantastically unique and original, this was a hell of a ride, *cough*, or should I say a hell of a car ride? That’s right, there was all sorts of driving around purgatory and running around hell, and it was chaotically epic! I loved that interspersed amongst the prolific action was a story of redemption and forgiveness. This was made even better by a compelling protagonist and interesting and dynamic characters all around. A wonderful and fun read that’s honestly nothing like what you’d expect it to be! I can certainly see why it won an Eisner award!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Chip Zdarsky has become one of the most exciting writers in comics the past few years, especially during his time at Marvel where he has been writing some of the best stories we’ve seen out of Spider-Man, as well as currently doing one of the best Daredevil runs with artists Marco Chechetto and Jorge Fornés. However, having started out as an indie cartoonist and finding his big break in the Image title Sex Criminals, Zdarsky has always supported creator-owned work as is the case with his Comixol Chip Zdarsky has become one of the most exciting writers in comics the past few years, especially during his time at Marvel where he has been writing some of the best stories we’ve seen out of Spider-Man, as well as currently doing one of the best Daredevil runs with artists Marco Chechetto and Jorge Fornés. However, having started out as an indie cartoonist and finding his big break in the Image title Sex Criminals, Zdarsky has always supported creator-owned work as is the case with his Comixology Original, Afterlift, which won the 2020 Eisner Award for Best Digital Series. Please click here for my full review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    A driver for a ride-sharing app finds herself engaged to ferry a soul to Hell. As her punter says, this has happened enough times in old stories with carriages – why wouldn't they want to use the modern equivalent? Besides, as we'll soon see, said punter is a lot happier modernising than many of his colleagues. Well, perhaps better call them workplace rivals? The sort of rivals with axes and flaming swords. Initially I felt Loo's art was better at evoking the everyday awfulness of gig economy li A driver for a ride-sharing app finds herself engaged to ferry a soul to Hell. As her punter says, this has happened enough times in old stories with carriages – why wouldn't they want to use the modern equivalent? Besides, as we'll soon see, said punter is a lot happier modernising than many of his colleagues. Well, perhaps better call them workplace rivals? The sort of rivals with axes and flaming swords. Initially I felt Loo's art was better at evoking the everyday awfulness of gig economy life than the supernatural elements, but increasingly that felt deliberate, like after her initial disbelief faded this was just one more set of arsehole clients unthinkingly tangling her up in their drama. And of course Zdarsky has been showing himself for some time as a much better writer than most creators one initially encounters as artists. Which is why I was looking forward to this even before, bless 'em, they released the Comixology collection free on the first new comics day with no new comics. I'm not convinced it quite pulls off the ending - getting into the mechanics of Heaven and Hell, the meaning of it all, is about as tough an artistic target as there is, and precious few creators succeed at that. Still, it comes a lot closer than Dante or Milton managed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Zdarsky is one of my favorite writers in comics right now, but this is a very surfacey story about a rideshare driver who gets caught up having to transport a soul to Hell. It never really gets beyond that premise. The characters never relly achieve any depth, and the ending feels unearned. It's not terrible. It's just a perfectly servicable execution of a moderately interesting prompt. If you like a fast-read light fantasy surrounding a modern premise, this will be perfect. Zdarsky is one of my favorite writers in comics right now, but this is a very surfacey story about a rideshare driver who gets caught up having to transport a soul to Hell. It never really gets beyond that premise. The characters never relly achieve any depth, and the ending feels unearned. It's not terrible. It's just a perfectly servicable execution of a moderately interesting prompt. If you like a fast-read light fantasy surrounding a modern premise, this will be perfect.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I really enjoyed this series! As someone who was raised religious, I have a lot of the same insecurities and guilt that you can kind of shrug off, but still follows you. This really hit home for me and I loved how it approached religion/the afterlife for each person.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacob A. Mirallegro

    This was a quick, fun read but the story didn't have the depth that it should've. It introduced some cool ideas about the afterlife and how it relates to modern day. I liked the ways they acknowledged cultural perspectives of the afterlife but it felt like they just scratched the surface and they could've gone more into specific moral beliefs and stuff. The ending was my biggest problem with it, like a character arc got wrapped up in a sweet, interesting way but then immediately gets completely This was a quick, fun read but the story didn't have the depth that it should've. It introduced some cool ideas about the afterlife and how it relates to modern day. I liked the ways they acknowledged cultural perspectives of the afterlife but it felt like they just scratched the surface and they could've gone more into specific moral beliefs and stuff. The ending was my biggest problem with it, like a character arc got wrapped up in a sweet, interesting way but then immediately gets completely undermined. I understand that it's meant to emphasize how everyone needs different things but still it felt poorly delivered and made that character's conclusion feel less fulfilling and almost petty. Overall I really enjoyed the twists in development and the way they established character backgrounds.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Real random pickup -- Paul F. Tompkins was going to steam-interview Zdarsky and Loo, so I requested this from the library, but by the time I got it, the interview was already done, and in any case, I had already forgotten it. The premise here is solid and straightforward, so with minimal spoilers: Janice Chan hates herself a little bit (I think?) for not being there when her family needed her, so now she drives for a rideshare company and ends up getting hailed by a demon who is ferrying a soul t Real random pickup -- Paul F. Tompkins was going to steam-interview Zdarsky and Loo, so I requested this from the library, but by the time I got it, the interview was already done, and in any case, I had already forgotten it. The premise here is solid and straightforward, so with minimal spoilers: Janice Chan hates herself a little bit (I think?) for not being there when her family needed her, so now she drives for a rideshare company and ends up getting hailed by a demon who is ferrying a soul to hell. Hijinks, etc. Not entirely successful for me: the relation between Janice and the lost soul is too sketchy to bear the weight of her actions, and while you could spin this relationship as her second chance to make up for how she failed her own sister, that's not quite clear. And while the story may end with a powerful notion of forgiving yourself -- so that, at the very least, you can be there for others -- thematically it never quite hits those notes hard enough to make a song. Plot-wise, eh, it's a few days later and I don't recall much beyond how in the first issue the demon tells her that she is immune to the human world now that she is on this mission, and the story never quite shakes that sense for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    A rideshare driver with a massive, and largely unexplained chip on her shoulder finds herself tasked with driving an overdose victim to...hell. MWWWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Its a neat idea that gets kind of a hohum treatment in this pretty forgettable graphic novel. Character development and consistent story telling unfortunately take a backseat to pretty boring fights between arguing demons and the appearance of a very cheesy version of Satan. There's next to no world building and the ending, while I gue A rideshare driver with a massive, and largely unexplained chip on her shoulder finds herself tasked with driving an overdose victim to...hell. MWWWHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Its a neat idea that gets kind of a hohum treatment in this pretty forgettable graphic novel. Character development and consistent story telling unfortunately take a backseat to pretty boring fights between arguing demons and the appearance of a very cheesy version of Satan. There's next to no world building and the ending, while I guess sort of empowering with its message that the afterlife is more or less whatever you believe it is because heaven/hell etc. are all personal, sort of gets lost in total confusion about how all of our characters have actually ended up where they are. I had a lot of trouble following this and I was a fan of the art work. Everything just sort of feels halfassed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    I enjoyed the concepts and modern adaptations of mythology in Afterlift more than I enjoyed the actual plot. That being said, the story itself is really exciting, though I found it to be a little predictable. The artwork is solid, if a bit underwhelming. It's always easy to tell what's going on in each panel, though some panels are more visually exciting than others. All in all, this graphic novel was a fun read but it didn't really wow me. Despite the fact that I wasn't necessarily blown away, I enjoyed the concepts and modern adaptations of mythology in Afterlift more than I enjoyed the actual plot. That being said, the story itself is really exciting, though I found it to be a little predictable. The artwork is solid, if a bit underwhelming. It's always easy to tell what's going on in each panel, though some panels are more visually exciting than others. All in all, this graphic novel was a fun read but it didn't really wow me. Despite the fact that I wasn't necessarily blown away, this is a series worth checking out. After all, it did win Eisner, Shuster, and Harvey awards last year. --An excerpt from a review written for Graphic Policy. Advance copy of Afterlift provided by Dark Horse Comics.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)

    🎆 Read for the 2020 KU Shitathon™ challenge - [Mini Edition #3: July-September] - over at Maraya's Cave Of Freaking Wonders 🎆 ♦ Plan A - Book: #3 of 7 ♦ 4.5 Stars 🎆 Read for the 2020 KU Shitathon™ challenge - [Mini Edition #3: July-September] - over at Maraya's Cave Of Freaking Wonders 🎆 ♦ Plan A - Book: #3 of 7 ♦ 4.5 Stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    OMG what was this book? It was part ... I don't know and I don't know. We have our main character, an "uber driver" to Hell. Literally. Only she does not realize that at first. It is a bout redemption, life, family, forgiveness of yourself and others. It is about demons, angels and humans. There is fun, humor, guns, battles, blood and love. Everything is mixed up and perfectly organized. The colors, details, paneling and other format of the graphic novel is traditional. Also multiracial characte OMG what was this book? It was part ... I don't know and I don't know. We have our main character, an "uber driver" to Hell. Literally. Only she does not realize that at first. It is a bout redemption, life, family, forgiveness of yourself and others. It is about demons, angels and humans. There is fun, humor, guns, battles, blood and love. Everything is mixed up and perfectly organized. The colors, details, paneling and other format of the graphic novel is traditional. Also multiracial characters, girl power and one hell of a car chase comes into play.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Martin Králik

    Janice is a young teenager who is working on the nights as a taxi driver. Once she had a fare with a strange couple. And everything is changing. Life of Janice will never be as before. We have a lot of cars in AFTERLIFT, even in the air. We have here Purgatory, Heaven and Hell, even Lucifer. We have swords fight, demons and angels. And all this makes perfectly sense, even there are some religionistic thoughts and live philosophy behind. And a lot of action. More about it: https://digitalcomicslove Janice is a young teenager who is working on the nights as a taxi driver. Once she had a fare with a strange couple. And everything is changing. Life of Janice will never be as before. We have a lot of cars in AFTERLIFT, even in the air. We have here Purgatory, Heaven and Hell, even Lucifer. We have swords fight, demons and angels. And all this makes perfectly sense, even there are some religionistic thoughts and live philosophy behind. And a lot of action. More about it: https://digitalcomicslovers.blogspot....

  15. 5 out of 5

    Enrique del Castillo

    Got this for free on Chip's newsletter a few weeks ago and decided to try it during my quarantine. Overall, it has an interesting story and a pretty good premise; however, the more emotional elements of the plot felt underdeveloped, the potential was there, but the plot didn't get to do much with it, which is a shame. The colors were pretty good, though the art was just OK. It's not a bad way to spend an hour during these complicated times, but I've read better stories by Chip. Got this for free on Chip's newsletter a few weeks ago and decided to try it during my quarantine. Overall, it has an interesting story and a pretty good premise; however, the more emotional elements of the plot felt underdeveloped, the potential was there, but the plot didn't get to do much with it, which is a shame. The colors were pretty good, though the art was just OK. It's not a bad way to spend an hour during these complicated times, but I've read better stories by Chip.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I thought the art and colouring was the standout here. I've been reading Initial D for the first time recently and the in-motion cars don't pale greatly in comparison. As for the actual story, I'm afraid I can only echo other reviews in saying it's a great concept, the execution of which is just...okay. Overall I think I'd give it 3.5 stars. It's a memorable concept with gorgeous artwork. I'm just not sure I'll be revisiting this comic anytime soon. I thought the art and colouring was the standout here. I've been reading Initial D for the first time recently and the in-motion cars don't pale greatly in comparison. As for the actual story, I'm afraid I can only echo other reviews in saying it's a great concept, the execution of which is just...okay. Overall I think I'd give it 3.5 stars. It's a memorable concept with gorgeous artwork. I'm just not sure I'll be revisiting this comic anytime soon.

  17. 4 out of 5

    B

    It's not as fun as I would have hoped. And it relies heavily on there being just Judeo-Christian stuff with one unimportant twist and one key twist. The best one of these afterlife books is A Short Stay in HellA Short Stay in Hell It's not as fun as I would have hoped. And it relies heavily on there being just Judeo-Christian stuff with one unimportant twist and one key twist. The best one of these afterlife books is A Short Stay in HellA Short Stay in Hell

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul W.

    So this started off with a jokey title and honestly, it wasn't that impressive until the second half of the book. Forgive me for not being impressed, I feel like it was an amazing bait and switch that went to places I did not expect. The art is perfect, cartoony but with excellent storytelling. I was very happy where the book ended up after that opening. So this started off with a jokey title and honestly, it wasn't that impressive until the second half of the book. Forgive me for not being impressed, I feel like it was an amazing bait and switch that went to places I did not expect. The art is perfect, cartoony but with excellent storytelling. I was very happy where the book ended up after that opening.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Wang

    Fun and Unpredictable This was a short fun and unpredictable human story that surprisingly was about dealing with loss. It was not what I was expecting and I was positively surprised.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I liked this one but didn’t love it. At times it seemed disjointed but overall I was left wanting more. I wanted to know more about Janice and how she ended up how she did in the end. I felt this could have had more to it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Well I wasn't quite expecting that. What initially looks like fast and furious car fiesta turns into something much more spiritual with shades of the divine comedy. It manages to embrace a universalist theology in the midst of this and looks at how trauma affects us to for good and for ill. Well I wasn't quite expecting that. What initially looks like fast and furious car fiesta turns into something much more spiritual with shades of the divine comedy. It manages to embrace a universalist theology in the midst of this and looks at how trauma affects us to for good and for ill.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mikey

    Was looking for something good to read on Comixology Unlimited and saw this one so I gave it a try. Enjoyed it right away. Very cool/quick read that makes me want to look at other stuff the writer has done.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I enjoyed this more than I expected as this is not the genre I gravitate towards, but both the illustrations and the story were engaging. There were some parts that were perhaps a bit jumpy in the plot, but nothing was too jarring.

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Goldman

    An entertaining, inventive, and often quite funny ride to to afterlife. A "uber" driver gets hijacked to drive a soul to hell. Needless to say, she'd prefer not to. In the process she finds her true purpose among the multitude of beliefs. A little thin, but quick read and enjoyable. An entertaining, inventive, and often quite funny ride to to afterlife. A "uber" driver gets hijacked to drive a soul to hell. Needless to say, she'd prefer not to. In the process she finds her true purpose among the multitude of beliefs. A little thin, but quick read and enjoyable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Princess Gomez

    The story is powerful; I like how it was presented. Good job writer! If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or jo

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Really enjoyed this one. It actually made me cry. Great art and a good heart at its centre.

  27. 4 out of 5

    John

    Drive.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Colin Parfitt

    Impressively cinematic

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shamik

    Good concept. Bad execution.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jp

    Kind of needed this today. I've loved Zdarsky's other work and this didn't disappoint. Kind of needed this today. I've loved Zdarsky's other work and this didn't disappoint.

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