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We Have Demons #01

by Steven Leitman 8 months ago in comics
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ComiXology Originals

We Have Demons #01

ComiXology Originals 2021

Written by Scott Snyder

Pencilled by Greg Capullo

Inked by Jonathan Glapion

Coloured by Dave McCaig

Lettered by Tom Napolitano

The conflict between good and evil is about to come to a head when a teenage hero embarks on a journey that unveils a secret society, monsters, and mayhem.

Oh I absolutely love this! I am really impressed with the way that this issue unfolds as it really starts off on this great note which sets the tone for the entire issue. Right off the bat with the opening here, which grabs your attention and keeps you excited the whole time, you are kind of mesmerised by what we see and it is nearly indescribable just how interesting and fascinating what we see is. There is some great humour and some wonderful visuals to make you smile and this is mixed in with the horror aspect of it all to make one hell of a great blend. I also like how we see Lam’s backstory woven into this as it’s done exceptionally well. Overall I have to say this is one of the strongest debut issues and the guys here really nail every single part to really bring the reader into the story in such a way that you feel like you are an essential part of the storytelling process.

I absolutely adore 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 impeccably rendered. The character development that we see through the narration, the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter does a magnificent job in bringing their personalities to the forefront. The pacing is excellent and as it takes us through the pages introducing us to the characters, the story and the world they live in it’s easy to think this has a huge page count because it delightfully feels like it goes on forever. Though we still want more.

How we see this being structured and how the layers within the story begin to emerge and grow is absolutely amazing to see. These avenues add such depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is immaculately achieved.

I’m completely and utterly impressed with the interiors here and that Jonathan is able to ink Greg’s pencils to such a strong degree is beautifully done. That we see backgrounds so prevalently utilised throughout the book makes me so happy as they really do enhance and expand the moments. They also work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story. The utilisation of the page layouts, is genius, and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a masterful eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work show such a beautiful understanding for how colour works and how to maximise their effects. Lam’s eyes, those sculptures, how we see the hidden room all of these things are bloody brilliant.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, ComiXology Originals is home to some of the absolute best storytelling around. With this added to their lineup of books it really is a must have app and shows that digital comics can be every single bit as thrilling and interesting as those floppy issues we love to hold. Now I’m a full believer in having both physical and digital outlets for comics. This is so masterfully told and mindbogglingly brilliant in its visuals that with how strong the characterisation is we get this completely and utterly brilliant debut issue of Scott’s new line of ComiXology Originals.


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Steven Leitman

Just me talking about the comics I enjoy reading, ones that you might not know exist and spotlighting the indie creators that excite me.

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