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Underworld

The Odyssey, woven through the streets of Winnipeg

'A fearless experiment in storytelling.' - Jason Wilkins, Broken Frontier

'An amazing, if disturbing, experience [...] This is a story that will stay with me for quite some time, I’m sure of that.' - Zoe Kirk-Robinson, Web Comics

Loosely based on Homer's classic story, The Odyssey, this graphic novel follows Hector as he tries to regain his sanity whilst navigating his way through the criminal underworld on the streets of Winnipeg. As he puts the pieces of his life back together, Hector rediscovers his wife and children, forgotten through his madness. Hector battles to save himself so he can make amends with his family, the chance of redemption tantalizing amongst the inner war in his mind and the physical danger he finds himself part of too.

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Underworld

Hardcover

Hector Ashton staggers out of the St. Boniface Hospital psych ward and falls into the Red river. In his delusional state he thinks that he is Odysseys and has been swept into the river Styx. By the time Hector manages to struggle out of the river, he has washed up in the club district of Winnipeg and believes he is now deep in the Underworld. Hector will have to face the trials that Odysseus himself faced on his journey as he makes his way back to sanity, his home and family. 128 pages, hardcover.

Underworld

Digital

Hector Ashton staggers out of the St. Boniface Hospital psych ward and falls into the Red river. In his delusional state he thinks that he is Odysseys and has been swept into the river Styx. By the time Hector manages to struggle out of the river, he has washed up in the club district of Winnipeg and believes he is now deep in the Underworld. Hector will have to face the trials that Odysseus himself faced on his journey as he makes his way back to sanity, his home and family. Available in PDF format.

"‘Underworld’ is at first disturbing but then this discomfort gives way to vicarious triumph over mental illness. Lovern Kindzierski has constructed a story of poignant layers and GMB Chomichuk’s art is the perfect companion to the story’s themes.'"

John Kirk, Popmythology

"A fearless experiment in storytelling combining challenging subject matter with a singular visual signature, Underworld’s many layers reveal the simplest of truths: only we determine the outcome of our stories."

Jason Wilkins, Broken Frontier

"An amazing, if disturbing, experience – and experience is definitely the right word here. This isn’t just a comic, it’s a glimpse into insanity. I’m impressed, because I didn’t think comics (as much as I love them) could be quite so affecting. This is a story that will stay with me for quite some time, I’m sure of that.' "

Zoe Kirk-Robinson, webcomics.co

"As much gritty noir-flavoured thriller as fantastic mythical escapade, Underworld overlays the classic poem’s thematic skeleton with a grimy modern visual skin of vice and violence which is chillingly authentic and masterfully evocative, but never forgets that at its core the story is about a fallen hero finding redemption through struggle…"

Win Wiacek, Now Read This

"Readers who pick it up will be treated to an interesting take on an old story, and a fantastical version of Winnipeg they've never seen before."

Darren Ridgley, Winnipeg Free Press

"Both the art and writing compliment each other in profound ways, really hammering home a world that is blurred between fantasy and reality."

Keven Skinner, Fox Force Five News

Catch an exclusive interview with Underworld author Lovern Kindzierski on Wayne's Comics Podcast at Major Spoilers

Wayne Hall, Major Spoilers

A mention on Canadian comics blog They Stand on Guard

They Stand On Guard

Author Lovern Kindzierski did a guest post talking about Underworld's concept and process for the Turnaround blog

Lovern Kindzierski, The Turnaround Blog