To Hell You Ride

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To Hell You Ride
Publication information
Publisher Mike Richardson
Dark Horse Comics
FormatFC, 32 pages
Publication dateDecember 2012 – July 2013
No. of issues5
Main character(s)Seven George aka Two-Dogs
Sheriff Jim Shipps
Creative team
Created by Lance Henriksen
Written by Lance Henriksen
Joseph Maddrey
Artist(s) Tom Mandrake
Letterer(s) Nate Piekos of Blambot
Colourist(s) Chris Peter
Mat Lopes
Editor(s)Scott Allie

To Hell You Ride is a 5 issues comic-book series written by Lance Henriksen ( Millennium (TV series) , Aliens (franchise) , Near Dark ) and Joseph Maddrey ( Nightmares in Red, White and Blue ), with art by Tom Mandrake, published by Dark Horse Comics, 2012–2013. To Hell You Ride is a horror story that takes place in a mountain town of Colorado.


Publication history

From the original idea to the comic book

As stated by Henriksen in interviews, [1] [2] a trip to the town of Telluride, Colorado, in the 70's, has strongly impressed him. He transposed his emotions into the creation of a screenplay. The material was lost over time, but Henriksen eventually revived his ideas following a handshake deal [3] with the Dark Horse publisher. Henriksen also quotes [2] the final lines of the poem Should Lanterns Shine [4] by Dylan Thomas, as an additional inspiration:

I have heard many years of telling,
And many years should see some change.

The ball I threw while playing in the park
Has not yet reached the ground.

[emphasis added]

Henriksen and Maddrey, who have already worked together on previous film and publishing projects, co-opted Mandrake to complete their team.

Simultaneously informative and symbolic, the title recalls a supposed etymology of the Telluride toponym.


IssueTitlePublished on
1White Man's Guilt12.12.12
2The Alchemy of SnowJanuary 9, 2013
3MetamorphosisFebruary 13, 2013
4Ghost DanceMay 15, 2013
5Death SongJuly 17, 2013

Promotional Animated Video

An animated video was produced by Dark Horse Comics to promote the release of the first issue of To Hell You Ride. The video featured a script written by Lance Henriksen and Joseph Maddrey, narration by Lance Henriksen, the artwork of Tom Mandrake in animated form and a musical score by the group TKU: Tecamachalco Underground (Cesar Gallegos/Mateo Latosa). It was posted on YouTube on October 3, 2012.


According to the main formal traits of the story, the publisher widely classifies this series as horror genre.

The narrated story is more elaborated than in a regular comic. It is rather a literary fiction of magic realism genre, condensed and wrapped in the shape of a comics miniseries. [5] Expressed with the artistic means of supernatural horror style, the content of the work is, in essence, a moral tale. By typology, the storyline goes towards an epic [6] quest for identity and existence meaning, a journey that the hero is channeled to make, by a converged set of events. Native American culture and life are the source for the hero definition and for the supernatural features of the telling.


The story unfolds with exponentially increasing intensity along five (3 + 2 monthly) issues.

Each one of the first three books is displaying a similar scheme of zigzag movement through time, between present-day and several past episodes. The narrative flows across a complex structure of temporal layers pinned together by the geographic and ethnic (genealogical and mythological) constant element. The magic realism setting makes everything to be double sided. The past events contain both historical accurate and fictional facts (including an invented [1] side of the Native American mythology), while the present-day episodes picture the actual crisis moments of a contemporary well-known [6] society and the surreal plane with its dual subcomponents: horror and mystical.

Using the premise of a non-linear time, [1] the authors are interlacing the historical facts and the present action into a causality perpetuum-mobile and gradually deliver to the reader a tool-set to decrypt their message.



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