Storm King Productions 2013
Created by John Carpenter, Thomas Ian Griffith & Sandy King
Written by Sandy King
Illustrated by Leonardo Manco
Coloured by Mariana Sanzone
Lettered by Janice Chiang
Duran and Beckett have seriously misjudged Lucifer’s game plan for Mankind and fallen into Lilith’s trap in Arlington. Not only has she captured the True Innocent in Ethan, she has used him to create the Anti-Christ and in the ensuing fight, disarmed Beckett and sent him down to Hell. Now he is powerless to save Mankind from eternal Damnation. Duran is a fugitive trying to keep Grant safe until Daniel can be released from Hell… and find his son, Chris, and get him back from The Barrens. Chris, alone in the Barrens, is trying to find a way home, and psychically guide his father on the other plane on Earth. Now that Beckett knows that he is the angel he has always been looking for, is it too late? Can Duran hold onto the faith he has only found through Beckett? For now, the world as we know it is gone. The new millennium has gone dark.
It’s much too long since i’ve visited this world they’ve created. If you haven’t been following this series you are missing out on some of the most incredible storytelling around. Yes this is horror book, yes it has god, the devil and characters in between but the characterization of the people in this is some of the best around. From questioning your faith to your place in the world these characters have a rare depth to them that you don’t find outside a novel.
Leonardo and Mariana’s work on the interiors is simply stunning. The amount of and attention to detail here is remarkable to see. The texture they are able to bring to the page is astounding and you can almost feel the scales Lilith has on her. The creativity that Leonardo has in creating both the everyday people and the demons we see showcases a magnificent mind. From ordinary and full of hope and passion to truly terrifying everything he brings to the book makes this one you should only dare read in the daylight. Then there’s Daniel whose visage is gorgeous he really is an amazing male specimen.
This issue has a such a great flow where the story is concerned. From the revelations of the child and who he’s supposed to be to seeing the character face the problems they are facing. That each person is facing something horrific and may or may not overcome that, hey read the issue to see what really happens, they are people and their struggle while supernatural in nature is something everyone can relate to.
I have to say though that while I’m huge Supernatural fan this book blows the show out of the water in it’s intensity and ability to frighten the bejeesus out of me. This really is a beautiful meld of words and pictures to show the struggle between good and evil in it’s more pure, biblical, way and there’s definitely something to be said for that.
Take a walk on the wild side and be prepared to experience something extraordinary.