The world sometimes feels like it’s spinning out of control. When you’re fixating on something, when you’re trying to accomplish something great. You can either lose control, or be in the most heightened state of your life. Most of us have done things that we’re not proud of, some of us still, do what we feel is right, even if it means others won’t understand. But in this story we are witnessing a man crossing every line imaginable in order to protect those he loves, and bring justice into the world. As you continue to read Demonic #3, you are left with questions both pertaining to the story and those of real world ethics. The one that strikes me the most though is, how far should you go for those you love?
The gears in the writing don’t down shift, and only go up as Christopher Sebela’s story grabs you and pulls you into the world of Demonic #3. Our protagonist’s journey continues as his search and purpose begins to clear up. You now really begin to understand why he’s doing what he’s doing, but also how many monsters are surrounding him. Like wolves in the shadows, the danger wasn’t clear until now. As the questions get answered in the story, Christopher Sebela uses that opportunity to bring you deeper into the mythos he’s created, one that connects cults, the occult, demons, and the dangers of large groups of people. Though I fear in his quest to create a rich and complex world, he may be putting too much detail in such a short amount of time.
The beauty of the world is thanks to Niko Walter, who continues to provide us with visuals that convey the story in a strong way. But he also uses cues from the story. An example of this is seen on the sixth page as you see the protagonist Scott and his conversation with the demon Aeshma. You can see his struggle to maintain some sort of control over the horror that has taken hold of his life. She knows he’s looking for an out, but it seems that she is at this point enjoying their cat and mouse.
The rest of the world created by Niko’s illustration is what I think of when I think of any major city in the north east. The environment looks old, yet modern. Even the people and their homes look like they should be in a major metro.
The illustration is given life by Dan Brown’s coloring skills. Dan takes the point of views of each of the major characters and provides them with a style of color that is both distinct and attractive. The use of yellow tinting returns again in this story, but is used in a way where I feel it helps you see that you’re looking at a story that is set in New York.
Demonic #3 takes the world from the last two issues and crams a lot more information for you to enjoy. Christopher Sebela writes a story is becoming increasingly complex that can be a little overwhelming. Both Niko Walter and Dan Brown us a visual journey our eyes deserve. The world is detailed but not overdone, and the color provided is attractive to the eyes as you go through each page.
- The story grows while also answering key plot elements
- Illustration used in this issue is rich without being overbearing
- The way the color is used compliments the illustration very well
- It feels like there is a lot going on, the story is complex, but can feel like it’s a bit over done