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Demonic | Review preview

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Published on Oct 12, 2017

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Robert Kirkman, has got the taste for it with the demons. Among the latest stories out of the oven from Skybound – the label of Kirkman linked to Image Comics – and just printed in Italy by SaldaPress there is Demonic, a combination of some of the most important comics made by the scriptwriter of Kentucky, or Outcast, Invincible and Wolfman.

Let's say first of all that to Kirkman – who will be the guest of this year's edition of Lucca Comics & Games – is very dear to the theme of the family: even in the Demonic, the protagonist of the story is the father of a family with a son (in this case daughter), who must manage a power (or a curse) that makes difficult the relationship with the family. Under this point of view, the plot is practically the same as that of the Wolfman (which we reviewed some time ago).

This is the story of Scott Graves, a police officer, haunted by a female demon called Aeshma, who will ask for a tribute of blood in exchange for the salvation of his family. Scott will turn into a demon masked with gloves from the sharp blades (a mixture between Spawn and Freddy Krueger) will be in New York in the night killing criminals, corrupt men and people “deserving” of death (in the style of Death Note, in short).

The story of Scott Graves and the demon disguised as him, played is also linked to the cult of the seven called Novo, which is tied to the tight wire with the stories of the various characters, and able to reserve not just a few shots of the scene.

The screenplay of the volume is Christopher Sebela, but there is to say that the hand of Kirkman, as well as in the subject, you can see the whole also by scrolling through the individual pages. From classic cartoons in detail, which are a stylistic and a narrative of the Outcast, and that Demonic perform the same function.

In addition, the drawings of Niko Walter is the characteristic of a research style that often going to refer to pop art, recalling some of the stylistic choices reminiscent of the experimentalism of Nick Fury by Jim Steranko. Under this point of view, some pages show a taste and an attention to aesthetics really the end, suffice it to note the effect of the film poster of the splash-page of page 22, which overlays multiple images do not form on the inside of the cage of the cartoons, and creating a visual level with a sequence really enjoyable.

The colors of Dan Brown, strongly expressionist, choose a line colour prevalent that tends to give the mood of the entire scene, or focus to emphasize some details with a particular colouring that gives it greater prominence.

Demonic is then a story from the flavor of the ’90s, a period in which, especially at the level of the cinema, horror and the dark atmosphere is defiled often with other genres, creating movies, medium-budget, capable of becoming a real cult: such as The Crow (taken from the masterpiece of the comics of James O Barr).

Here, the Demonic is somewhat reminiscent of that type of film, and is not excluded that may sooner or later become the material film or a tv series, games with a budget and with ambitions narrow, but capable of succeed in time.

Certainly, the Demonic does not have the narrative power of a cult, but it is a solid story, enjoyable, and with a demon masked really well stylized, and placed inside a plot horror splatter that will surely find a group of enthusiasts that can appreciate it. And then when there is the Robert Kirkman of the midst of any project is the ability to transform into gold.

 

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