Yakuza Demon Killers #2 – Review
Writer: Amit Chauhan
Artist: Eli Powell
Colorist: K. Michael Russell
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Daring heists, possessed swords, drug induced visions of death, demon hordes, sounds like a typical night in Tokyo! If you like 100 mph thrill rides that start right at the word kompai! Then this title is for you. Another gem from IDW this tale starts off with our titular character Ochita so smacked out of her mind she thinks she’s seeing and embracing death, but it’s really her partner in crime Rizzo waking her up from her drug fueled stupor to use her lock pic skills in a heist to swipe a priceless ancient sword. A successful swiping seems imminent but what the two thieves don’t know is that they have entered themselves smack dab in the middle of a war between a mystical sect of Yakuza demon hunters and a whole slew of demons ready to infiltrate our reality. With the possibility of getting munched on by demons ever rising Ochita desperate to make it out alive reaches for and becomes possessed by the sword itself. Once the demon horde has been defeated by Ochita and this mysterious mystical group friends she is brought in to recover and once there the line between friend and foe continues to blur as you are left salivating for the next issue.
I absolutely love the art style in this title Eli Powell’s work is the perfect blend of subtle finesse and pure grittiness. His cover art alone is engaging enough to lure in casual readers. The edginess of his style cuts like a knife as I jump from panel to panel. I consider his art visually striking, its not pretty like say the late great Micheal Turner but his use of great illustration techniques like negative space and chiaroscuro proves that Eli is no art noob.
The writing by Amit Chauhan combines ancient Japanese folklore and modern day Japanese society astonishingly well. I cant help but wonder what other nightmare inducing creature from Japanese folklore will appear next as it seems that research was done to make sure things are accurate story-wise a HUGE plus. The dialogue in this tale is very playful and doesn’t come across as forced, the interactions between the characters really feel genuine. With layers like an onion I look forward to seeing how this story develops.
IDW has dropped the mic again with another badass comic! The white knuckle pacing of this title is deliciously frenetic and the art is addictive. seeing as though this being issue 2 now is the perfect time to dive in so give this title the love it deserves. Kompai!!!!!