Those who have been reading this series will find this issue full of Paul Cornell's trademark humor. Those who haven't may find themselves confused by these proceedings as much of the action and humor is dependent upon familiarity with our protagonists. For instance, one must know Vandal Savage as the uncouth and unapologetic scoundrel that he is to fully appreciate his "torment" at the hands of every bastard he ever sired until he confesses to his many crimes.
Bernard Chang's pencils ably replace those of the series' former penciler, Diogenes Neves. Chang's artwork bares a more exaggerated quality than Neves' but does not become so stylized as to be cartoonish. Chang's art is appropriately dark and atmospheric, depicting the varied Hells with a vivid detail reminiscent of Michael Zulli's work on Sandman.
All in all, this is a solid issue. The writing is as fine as ever and Chang continues to prove a worthy replacement artist. The only flaw this issue has lies in its' inaccessibility to new readers, whom I would advise to go pick up the excellent Demon Knights: Volume 1 TP.
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