Review: The Devilers #1
When the world is under siege from the pits of hell, it’s up to the DEVILERS to set things right. Seven of the world’s greatest exorcists pit themselves against Satan’s army, and all of creation hangs in the balance. From the writer of THE BUNKER, THE ULTIMATES, and I, VAMPIRE comes a horror fueled adventure through hell itself.
A new creator-owned series from Dynamite kicks off this month with the release of The Devilers #1. The story is written by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Matt Triano. Mark Roberts tackles colors with Simon Bowland rounding things out with lettering. There are a few supernatural/religious comics out there, but does The Devilers do enough to set itself apart from the pack?
Father Malcom doesn’t have the strongest faith, in fact he’s something of a skeptic. He’s talking to a young reporter in a bar when news breaks on TV that Vatican City has gone up in flames. Things devolve further into chaos when the Cardinal and chief exorcist for the Catholic Church shows up and tells Father Malcom it’s time for him to do his duty. It turns out all hell it quite literally breaking loose and only seven of the world’s greatest exorcist can hope to stand in the oncoming storm of demons’ way. What exactly was it Father Malcom was supposed to do though? Can a ragtag group of believers, semi-believers, and non-believers stand against the forces of the ultimate evil?
Fialkov writes a fast-paced introductory story. Things start escalating from the second page and the accelerator is firmly on the floor for the remainder of the issue. We’re thrown into things and piece parts together as we go along. We get the basic lay of the land and an introduction to the major players, but more will obviously come in later issues. We get a quick rundown of the different religions involved and how they play a role in things, but it will be interesting to see how it is fleshed out from here. This is a big spectacle of a first issue that does enough to hook you and ensure a return. It’s fast and wild, but Fialkov adds his own style with a splash of Constantine and a scoop of Buffy to make something interesting. Triano makes some hideous demons and hell spawn. There are times his characters’ faces look a bit too smooth, but his page layouts and explosive action makes up for it. Triano really shakes things up with his use of wide panels, splashpages, and double page spreads to present a grand spectacle of an introduction. Roberts’ colors are a good fit for the art and uses a lot of blood reds and massive amounts of fire. The more mystical and supernatural elements have a nice bit of flash and sizzle to them as well, making for some great visuals.
Bottom Line: The Devilers is off to an interesting start, but it doesn’t quite break away from other stories within the genre. Fialkov seeds some great ideas though, so readers will definitely stick around for a while to see how things grow from the final page. 3/5
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