Horror Graphic Novel Review


InfidelTitle: Infidel
Author: Aaron Campbell, Jeff Powell, José Villarrubia, Pornsak Pichetshote
Publisher: Image Comics
First Published: September 26, 2018
Pages: 168
Genres: Horror
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Rating: ★★½


A haunted house story for the 21st century, INFIDEL follows an American Muslim woman and her multi-racial neighbors who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia.

Bestselling editor Pornsak Pichetshote (Swamp Thing, Daytripper, The Unwritten) makes his comics writing debut alongside artist extraordinaire Aaron Campbell (The Shadow, James Bond: Felix Leiter), award-winning colorist and editor José Villarubia (Batman: Year 100, Spider-Man: Reign), and letterer/designer Jeff Powell (Scales & Scoundrels).

My Review:

There are times that I run into a piece of horror media that has so much potential, with so much to love about it, but then I don’t end up loving it, and I sorely wish that I did. Infidel is a graphic novel about the horrors of racism, and specifically, Islamophobia. Taking place in the United States after the 9/11 bombings, the story follows Aisha, a Muslim American woman coping with the evils of everyday racism in all of its many shapes and forms.

Aisha is a wonderful main character, she tries her best despite the casual racism she regularly encounters, from strangers, friends, family, even other minorities that regularly experience the same flavor of terrible racism. I could relate these scenes to my own experiences and it felt good to be seen and heard. The story initially was intriguing, but it starts veering wildly into left field and quickly becomes the weakest aspect of the graphic novel, despite the timely themes.

The art is disturbingly realistic, dark, and gritty. There are some truly outstanding panels, I fell in love with the stylish nightmare fuel art, it was easily one of the strongest parts of this graphic novel. I wanted so much to like this more than I did, I honestly truly wanted to love this, but Infidel fell flat. While there were some truly tense moments that kept me at the edge of my seat, the meandering plot made the entire thing feel incoherent.

“I mean, I didn’t realize he was Arab until he was in the news…”

Trigger Warning: Racism, Violence

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