Issue: The Devil’s Own #1
Writer: Pete Mesling
Artwork: Brian Beardsley
Covers: Brian Beardsley, Matthew Dow Smith
Publisher: Night Rail Press
Release Date: January 2010
“Quickening Pandemonium”—Pedro Felsenstein is back, and he’s not alone. Recently returned to Hechs Manor from a fool’s errand in the Abyss, Welp discovers the well-coiffed live-in divorce lawyer for Claudia and Dominic Hechs. Nor has Welp arrived empty-handed, for he carries with him the mysterious Urn of Unending from his previous exploit. The urn, it turns out, is capable of granting three wishes, which immediately presents a problem, since there are now four residents at Hechs Manor. A lightning flash of lust and a thunderclap of sadism seal the coffin shut, but in the end there remains an unclaimed wish, a troubling loose end, and a deepening question of where Mr. Felsenstein’s allegiances lie.“
Artwork: 3.5 out of 5
I think for the most part this issue really shows improvement, from #0, in the art department. Now by that I mean the shading issues seem to have been touched up nicely. Looking back at the last issue I can see how that has been worked on. I feel for the most part that the characters stay nice and consistent from panel to panel. With two great looking covers to choose from this issue is doing just fine on the art front.
Story: 3.0 out of 5
This is where I got a little lost with this issue. It wasn’t that the writing was bad, it just had me a confused when I started the reading the issue. So around the time I hit the sixth page I had a feel for what was going on, I didn’t want to have to go back and reread #0 to get back on track. So I guess one thing that I could have used was a little recap. Other than that the dialogue is great, the story picks up steam as it moves along and the characters have this strange chemistry that makes this book enjoyable.
Dying Breath: 3.5 out of 5
The artwork in this issue shines above the story, but that it not to say this is a bad comic. It takes a little bit to get going, but when it hits the main points it is a very interesting and fun read. It doesn’t follow your typical monster/horror style, as it deals more on the devilish side of things. I think the best way to put it would be a good, complete issue, that anyone could pickup and get the concept of the series from. Well worth the read if you willing to try something new.
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