Comic Book Review: Death Vigil #7

Death Vigil 7 Stjepan Sejic Image Comics

Bernie’s so-called follies are revealed as the Vigil recover from Wulf’s attack. Will the Vigil be able to find and rescue Bernadette before Maria’s plan is enacted? Is it good?

It has been just about four months since Stjepan Sejic gave us Death Vigil #6. The city of New York was devastated by the battle between Mia and the Orach, leaving the Vigil stunned and Bernadette at the mercy of Maria and Wulf.

Sejic steps away from the jaw-dropping battle sequences and hard-punching action to get to the core of the characters. Maria’s desire to resurrect her dead child reveals her harshness and, ultimately, her lust for power. Sejic does a masterful drop, portraying this not only through Maria’s dialogue with Bernadette, but in her body language and facial features. He uses a fake, mocking laugh that transforms into power-hungry eyes.

Sejic also explores the softer side of Bernadette. She deeply cares about humanity and the smallest of failings takes a monstrous toll on her. However, she is able to bear the burden. She remains persistent in speaking the truth even in her subjugated state.

The most interesting character developments are Sam and Clara. Sejic gives us a glimpse into one of Sam’s most precious memories. It reveals the reason for his veilrippers taking on the shape of a pickax and shovel. It shows his determination and strength of will. Sejic explores Clara’s compassion and family-first attitude. She does what is needed to protect her family, the Vigil. This allows Sejic to further tease her necromancer powers, building up the mystery as to what else she can do and how her abilities will affect the forthcoming conflict.

Sejic continues to add layers such as Clara’s necromantic abilities that increase the depth of the world. He also explores the concept of necromancer powers being harmful to the Vigil not only with Clara’s abilities but through Wulf’s transition as well. He even uses Maria to ask major questions about Bernie’s past and the purpose of The Gifted.

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