DEMONIC TPB – REVIEW
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Niko Walter
Publisher: Image Comics
Demonic is a tale unlike what one would think when seeing the title of this very complex and multilayered book. The story involves Detective Scott Graves. A man willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family. Even if it means making deals with demons. But unlike other demon possession storyies, or their predictable direction of “this is a good guy, but he’s doing bad things because he’s possessed and can’t help it”, Demonic brings a new spin to the table in a very refreshing manner. With an incredibly exciting narrative, teetering on the edge of giving the reader anxiety, it also gives a contemporary look at not only Good vs. Evil, but examines the actual definitions of the words. As a major aspect of this title is Scott doing what he must to appease an evil that threatens his family, it also touches on the psychology of what lengths one would go to, to save loved ones and the question of would one begin to enjoy punishing people who deserve it.
Artistically speaking, Demonic is hit or miss. It does an amazing job in regards to proper panel work and keeping the pace with the incredible story being told. A lot of the darker imagery that portrays Scott Graves in his “Alter Ego” form is somewhat on point. However, it does fall short in an overall achievement of matching the incredible story telling that is happening at the same time. While some scenes come off properly in their approach, others are left making you feel that if it was done a bit less “safe”, it would have been absolutely perfect. This however, would be the only folly one would see in this amazing title and is almost easy to over look as the story is so wonderfully told. I recommend reading this particular title in the TPB format. This is not a title you will want to wait around on to see what happens next.
Demonic is a much needed upgrade in horror/Demon possession story telling. Matching an almost modern vigilantes biography, with an incredibly evil entity being wielded as a weapon, the excitement and value of this book starts on page one and doesn’t stop until you finish. Image is truly showing how they are slowly becoming the masters of horror style comic books and story telling.