A cross between Clive Barker at his grisliest and Kafka at his most somber (with a bit of Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire), Ted McKeever’s new monthly comic (from the publishers of Spider-Man, no less) imagines the end of all things. McKeever’s characters — a timid video-store clerk, a suicidal waitress, an office drone who’s falsely arrested and then stricken with plague — are all marginal types. And once a ”vast bureaucracy of demons” overtakes the city, their bleak lives begin getting bleaker. Hauntingly drawn and colored, Metropol is good, rock-steady horror — livened considerably in recent issues by the appearance of a wonderful archangel named Sarakiel, who packs a revolver and takes serious umbrage when anyone calls her Sara. B+

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