Devil’s Dominion #1
Blackbox Comics 2021
Written by Brian Hawkins
Pencilled by Raffaele Forte
Inked by Sara Ianniello
Coloured by Caolina Pontes
Lettered by Jusin Birch
Devlynn St. Paul sold her soul to the Devil to stop the horror being done to her by her brother. However, Devlynn reneged on the deal and now uses her demonic powers to hunt others who are demon possessed and have lost control of their lives.
If you’ve been following me for a while now you’ll know I am a huge fan of Blackbox Comics and the work being done there. They have all too quietly been putting out some stellar storytelling over the last few years and if you aren’t familiar than you should really acquaint yourself with them. This is a great one to start with too as it’s brand new this week and if you enjoy supernatural stories and books akin to Buffy and Supernatural then you are really going to enjoy this book. There is something about Devlynn that Brian establishes very early on that makes her relatable to and someone you want to root for. At the heart of the story this is really about a young woman trying to reclaim her life and making the best out of a bad situation that she’s found herself in. So yeah this is something that is extremely interesting and intriguing and it establishes itself as such right away.
I am very much enjoying the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented extremely well. I am pretty impressed with the way that we see the story being introduced to us as well as establishing Devlynn’s role and purpose. The character development that we see is on point here as well. I like how we are given a glimpse into the mind of Devlynn as well as introducing us to the one man who has the potential to have his life changed by this as well. The pacing here is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the story, the world and the cast of characters you know we’re in for one Hell of a ride, pun intended.
I am enjoying the way that we see this being structured and how the layers within the story are emerging. It brings this sense of complexity and scope to the size of the story we see as it also engages the readers’ mind so they think about what might have come before. Also the way that we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow is really nice to see.
The interiors here are really rather impressive. I love the linework we’re seeing and how through the varying weights and techniques we see bring out the detail work is pretty amazing. I super impressed with not just the attention to detail that we’re seeing but the composition within the panels and how backgrounds are utilised, or not, is extremely nice to see. The inking on top of the pencils is gorgeous to see and it’s nice to know that this kind of talent works to the benefit of everyone. How we see the angles and perspective in the panels show this really strong eye for storytelling. We see some really strong faces and facial expressions and some beautiful creativity and imagination here and considering the subject matter that’s hella important. The colour work is beautifully rendered as well. How we see the various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work shows some really nice skill and talent.
This is one of those GEM’s of the week books that comes out of nowhere and demands it’s time in the spotlight.