Monday 7 December 2015

Review! (Graphic Novel Edition!) - Sons of the Devil Vol 1

Sons of the Devil graphic novel coverTitle: Sons of the Devil Volume 1.
(US Link.)

Author: Brian Buccellato.

Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror.

Series: Sons of the Devil.
Release Date: 8-10 Dec 2015.

A few starting notes:

I received a free digital review copy of this book via NetGalley. NetGalley provides review copies from publishers in exchange for fair and honest reviews.
I had never heard of this series - but the cover art looked pretty awesome, with a gritty, half-noir kind of vibe. So I decided to give it a shot. Impulsive reading pays off!

In 1989, a cult was broken up in California. It was lead by a man named David. He had plans for his children; he had 'work' to complete.

Travis has lived the life of a foster-care orphan. He has a short temper. He has court-ordered therapy. He has a whole bunch of mystery surrounding a photograph of the man who might be his father - a man with eyes just like his: one red, and one blue.

Best bits:

The art keeps that cool, lush, half-noir, thing going throughout - it matches the tone, and looks pretty awesome.

The story is intriguing - we know that there's something seriously sinister going on, and the layers are peeled back to reveal just a tantalisingly small amount of the truth at a time. It definitely keeps you reading.

Overall, the book has a fab gothic/horror/freaking weird vibe. As that's my kind of thing, I definitely enjoyed it. It's likely to appeal to people who enjoyed The Crow (US link,) V for Vendetta (US link) - y'know, the grittier side of things.
Not so great bits:

It probably goes without saying, but if you're not a fan of horror, demons, and bloody violence, this is probably not for you.

There's the occasional feeling of disjointedness (you know, the 'who was he again?' 'what's he doing?' kind of feeling,) but it's exceedingly small.


An intriguing and absorbing graphic novel for those who like their plots sinister and sinuous, their art lush and noir-ish, and their graphic novels awesome.

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