The Korean webtoon Hell will be made available to English-language readers for the first time thanks to Dark Horse’s The Hellbound Vol. 1.
The webtoon is currently being adapted into The Hellbound, a Netflix show based on the work of Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho and cartoonist Choi Gyu-seok, with Dark Horse’s translation hitting Oct. 26.
In the world of Hellbound, people receive a message from an unknown sender that includes your name, the fact that you are going to hell, and how much time you have left. When the clock runs out, a supernatural being appears to send the condemned to hell. As the nation grapples with this new normal, a religious sect rises up to claim this is all a sign of divine will. Meanwhile, people must learn to survive through this horror.
“Choi Gyu-seok’s sharp and keen drawing style goes well beyond depicting the modern Korean’s physique, expression, and wrinkles,” Parasite Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho said in a statement praising the graphic novel. “It reaches a genius-level where we can feel the character’s anxiety and fear. A truly overwhelming world of fear that cannot be explained with words like ‘God’s prank’ or ‘grand nonsense.’ We are already burning in the center of the hell that Yeon Sang-ho and Choi Gyu-seok are portraying.”
Park Jung-min, star of the Netflix adaptation, added in a statement, “This book clearly reveals the anxiety of this era through the simple, yet dramatic setting of a prophecy to hell. It’s even fun and tense. It also feels like somewhere between Train to Busan and The Fake. In a world where even opinions become information, what do we believe? Why? How? This book provides you food for thought.”
Yeon is directing the Netflix series, due out this year.