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WE HAVE DEMONS #1 review – Daddy Issues (Snyder, Capullo, Glapion, McCaig, Napolitano) Dark Horse Comics

Thanks to Dark Horse for the review copy!

From its opening page ‘warning’ (which references “actual demons reaching up and pulling people’s guts out through their buttholes”) We Have Demons stakes out a darkly humorous space in the horror/action comic genre. Like many comics, the issue opens by introducing it’s narrator/main character in the ‘middle’ of the story, flashing back to where things began (pretty much literally), before circling back to where the story started.  Lam is a great example of the dark protagonist with a bit of mystery to make the character interesting. 

The first issue does a great job of setting up the world, its rules, characters, and mythology. I especially appreciated the way the story wove its mythology into prehistoric history. It’s completely outrageous and fanciful and yet the way it is pitched, it kind of feels like it could be true. It also does a nice job of sprinkling in surprises and slowly revealing what is going on.

The art in We Have Demons is pretty vivid. There’s a fair amount of violence and blood. Some of it is pretty grisly, but it never seems gratuitous or added only for shock value. But make no mistake, as the warning indicates, this is a book for adults. Beyond the violence there is plenty of cursing (some of it is quite inventive in its profanity).

We Have Demons does a nice job of telling a complete story while setting up the series. You can easily check out the first issue to see if the series is for you without feeling like you have to commit to it long term, though if you like demon stories with a bit of dark humor I think you will want to (this series shares the deep mythology of writer Scott Snyder’s series Nocterra, but with a bit more humor). If you like Constantine or Hellboy (and maybe Ghost Rider), I think there’s a good chance you’ll like We Have Demons.

We Have Demons #1 is now available.

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Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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