Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: DEVIL’S HIGHWAY #1 – Death is a Highway!
Devil’s Highway #1
Writer: Ben Percy
Artist: Brent Schoonover
Cover Artist: Brent Schoonover
Publisher: AWA Studios
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Oh, hey, Mom. I’m getting ready to read another comic book from that hot new company: AWA (Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Inc). It’s called Devil’s Highway #1. It sounds scary. Well, yes, they do say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but I don’t think this is the highway I’m going to be reading about here. What are doing? Mom, it’s just a comic book, you can put the cross down. Put it down! Geesh! Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
Artists, Writers, & Artisans, Inc. (AWA Studios) is a rising star that seems to keep soaring through the night time sky with every series. They released their first set of series on March 18, under their imprint, Upshot. They had to go on hiatus due to the pandemic, but they are back with new issues and they are back strong. It’s time to hitch a ride on this star before it becomes a super nova. One of those new issues is Devil’s Highway #1, written by Benjamin Percy (who is also writing the series Year Zero for AWA. Check it out!).
I have become a fan of the AWA brand, so I had to find out what Devil’s Highway #1 was all about. Since AWA already has a mini-series out about angels (Archangel 8; Check it out!), might as well have a title with the word devil in it, too, I guess. So, when you think of the devil, you think about hell, which in turn makes you think about intense heat, so what better way to start off the series than with a…snowstorm in Wisconsin? That’s what I love about Percy’s writing, he keeps you guessing right from the start. A roadside diner is closing up for the night during Christmas time, when a young lady covered in bloody pleads for help from the owner. He lets her in, but soon after a stranger comes in after them. Shift the scene to three days later and the talk is about a murder. It was the murder of…nah, you’ll have to read that for yourself. A tougher than nails young lady comes to town looking for answers for that murder and she looks like the type that will get them. And let me tell you, that’s not the only murder that happens in this issue. And that last page. That creepy last page. Yikes! Let me just quote a movie legend to explain that last page: “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” I agree! That ending will give you shivers and keep you awake at night (I might have to sleep with the lights on tonight)! We won’t find out any more about what happens until issue #2. Bring it on! I want to read it now!
Benjamin Percy comes out of the gate faster than a high flying Fourth of July rocket with a short fuse. I like his pacing in this issue, as well as the drama and intrigue. It never stopped. Add the artistic stylings of Brent Schoonover and the smooth, but gritty colors of Nick Filardi, and you have a combination that fits the AWA stable of writers and artists perfectly. The AWA highway is the route to take for successful stories. Check ‘em out!
Mom, what are you doing? Why would you want to pour your glass of soda on my comic book? No, Mom, that’s not holy water, that’s ginger ale. Yes, it is! Oh, boy.