Space Goat Productions 2016
Written by Adam Hamdy
Illustrated by Pericles “PJ” Junior
Coloured by House of Imagi
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
When Eternal Descent debuted we watched Lyra get sucked into a world she wasn’t prepared for and yet adapted to. There’s a reason why she was able to adapt to this new reality of hers and finally thanks to Adam Llexi’s hero succubus’ backstory can finally be told.
Sometimes we can forget what characters were like after they’ve become pretty badass women. Lyra had her ideals and gumption as we see in the opening pages but she was also a shy timid little girl once upon a time. I think that Lyra’s past played such an important role in the woman she’d become as it’s being fleshed out here is pretty well done. The first person she meets that’s a part of her new life isn’t one she’s expecting and is wary of as he’s promising her the moon when it comes to her career.
After encountering him we start to see her past come into play. Since she was child she could see demons for what they were. Though without knowing these were real things instead of her imagination or some form of sickness that came over her. How terrifying it must have been to grow up seeing these things without knowing they were real or how to cope with them it’s pretty amazing she was able to find her niche in life and attempt a career.
The way that Adam takes us on the journey through Lyra’s life growing up, the death of her parents and how she knew they died it all just tugs at the heartstrings. Just being a kid is hard enough but to see demons and always have that feeling of being watched until something in her life happened to stop that well it’s the kind of stuff that without the intervention she gets she very well could have ended up following the dark path.
I like the interiors here. The use of page layouts through the angles, perspective and backgrounds really do a nice job with the flow of the story. The creativity and imagination in bringing the demons to life and the stunning look of Sirian’s wings are pretty darn impressive to me. It’s a fine line between tacky and gimmicky but the nipple rings on the outside of the her outfit really work for the persona she portrays.
I’m thrilled that we get to see Lyra before she became full on kick butt succubus. It also gives me hope that with this series of one-shots we’ll be seeing another limited series featuring these characters sometime in 2017. For those of you who haven’t had the chance to read Eternal Descent this is a great introduction to the characters. For those who have read it this is the perfect opportunity to go back and revisit these wonderful characters and still learn more about them than we have in the past.
Eternal Descent is one of those rare things that blends comics and the music industry in ways that you’ll never expect but will always be thankful for.