Sometimes as I sit and read the news online, or see a newsreport about some vile crime a thought crosses my mind. “Wouldn’t it be great if someone just went out there, and cleaned up the worst of the human elements”? I know I’m not the only one who’s felt this way. It seems like almost everyday we see stories of people committing some of the most heinous crimes imaginable.
It feels like the world is on a downward spiral to hell, and there is nothing or anyone willing to stop it. As I read Demonic #2 all of those thoughts are racing through my mind. Though the horror of what is going on with Scott isn’t as simple as a man going out to clean up those mean streets, his method of coping tugs at the desire most of us have when we hear about another child’s body being found in the middle of nowhere.
Christopher Sebela continues to guide you on a terrifying journey as you take a back seat into a man’s own personal hell and mission. Many of the most basic, oldest, and human questions are asked by our main protagonist Scott. What are we willing to do for those that we hold dear, and how far are we willing to go? In Demonic #2 this series of questions are playing out loud for you as you go through each panel, and turn each page. You cannot help but be pulled into the world as you sit back and ask yourself, if you can go as far as Scott is willing to go for his family.
Even though as humans we like to see ourselves in a more civilized light, the truth is we can descend into our natural instincts when it comes to protecting our family. Sebela perfectly captures this in the dialogue through Scott’s dual personality as a New York City Police Officer by day and the soul reaper of the demon Aeshma by night. This is done as Scott is forced to blend his daytime job as a police officer and his nightly pursuits.
Niko Walter builds us a world where the writing is able to express itself visually, while keeping to his personal art style. As seen with the writing, the art plays a pivotal role in conveying the emotions felt by the characters in this story. Scott is drawn with more focus, and also is shown with signs of fatigue in the latter part of the issue.
The demon Aeshma is both drawn with a focus of a lustful nature and with hints of a demonic nature throughout this issue. This goes for both her facial features and physical characteristics. So as you look at her, yourself with a monstrous character that is both beautiful and scary. The panels are very easy to follow, and provide a brisk pace.
Dan Brown gives this world its color. Unlike the last issue, here in Demonic #2 the yellow tint isn’t a huge focus this issue. The transition signals to me how the protagonist Scott who we met as a confused, burnt out officer is now coming into focus with the story. Dan Brown is able to capture his change well, and tailored the colors to follow along with the art by Niko.
Demonic #2 picks up right where issue one left off. Now things are coming into focus for both Scott and the world around him. His pursuits and his propose is now clearer, and only time will tell if he can maintain this world view. The story continues to expand as more details are shown about the nature of the deal between Scott and Aeshma, and how it will affect those around him. In the last few pages, you’re given a nice surprise which only makes you want to grab the next issue as quickly as you can. Christopher Sebela continues to give us a complex world full of people and questions, while Niko Walter and Dan Brown build us a world where our eyes capture the emotions written down.
- The writing continues to keep pace as well as ask basic important questions
- The Illustration continues to capture strong emotions
- The color transition with the story as Scott becomes clear headed
- Build up in the story can be a bit smoother towards the end