Isn’t Danger Supposed to Feel Exciting? – DANGER DEVIL #1 Review
Danger Devil #1
Written by Tony Doug Wright
Art by Joseph Haemmerle
Published by Source Point Press
Danger Devil, a new comic from Source Point Press, is the newest entry into the supernatural action sub-genre of comic books. Joining the ranks of titles such as Hell Boy and BRPD, Danger Devil combines the occult with a superhero aesthetic. Danger Devil, her sidekick Kid Diabla, and fellow Mystic Bureau agent Beatty, have been tasked with protecting a young girl named Xenia from the evil Order of Methalia. Xenia possesses a special gift that has made her a target of the Order and the Mystic Bureau agents must fight to keep her from being captured.
It’s awesome to see a book with solely female main characters, including the eponymous Danger Devil. The action scenes are nicely written and well drawn. They’re full of one-liners and sweet fighting maneuvers. However, the story as a whole felt a little silly and I had a hard time taking it seriously. If Wright was going for tongue and cheek, I don’t think he committed enough to really sell it. I usually enjoy comics that mix genres, but Danger Devil is all over the place with its inspirations. Wright and Haemmerle were obviously influenced by horror, super heroes, science-fiction, and westerns in their character designs. Yet nothing in the story really ties all the concepts together. They exist separately, unsupported by the plot and weakly represent the book’s premise.
I would have liked the artwork to have been a little cleaner. The line work is rough around the edges, and not in a way that looks purposeful. The colors tend to bleed together as well, with one exception. I liked how the manifestations of the characters’ powers were drawn and colored. The bright green force fields and shadowy conjurations practically leapt from the page. The characters themselves are all unique and diverse. Haemmerle definitely has artistic talent but the heavy handedness of the inks and colors overshadow the nuanced illustrations underneath.
I’m all for supporting small publishers, but my budget’s too tight to spend money on things that aren’t of very high quality. Danger Devil unfortunately falls into this category. This comic has a cool premise, but things quickly fall apart from a combination of clunky dialogue, a confusing mix of themes, and murky artwork. Hardcore fans of supernatural action comics who are interested in this title should probably just wait for the trade. I can’t imagine waiting on and then paying money for single issues. There’s just not enough payoff to make it worth it. Reading a collected edition of the entire story arc might prove to be more satisfying.
Danger Devil #1