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"Devil's Dominion #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Blackbox Comics


Written by Brian Hawkins
Illustrated by Raffaele Forte
Inked by Sara Ianniello
Colored by Carolina Pontes
Lettered by Justin Birch
2020, 22 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 3rd, 2021


Devlynn St. Paul sold her soul to the Devil, but she managed to get it back with a bit extra. See, now she can sense demons and she uses this power to hunt them down. She's got a demon within her and it's a constant struggle to maintain control over it. You can imagine how the forces of Hell are going to react to that.

Devil's Dominion hits with a pretty cool premise. It's got a Ghost Rider vibe to it, with someone using demonic powers granted by Hell to fight it. This debut issue serves as an introduction to the basics, as writer Brian Hawkins lays out the rules of this world. We don't get much about Devylnn or the reason for her quest just yet. She alludes to it, saying she had her reasons, but we have no idea what those are at this time.

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Letterer Justin Birch shows Devylnn's thoughts like scraps of paper from a notebook. These caption boxes work well with the overall tone of Devil's Dominion. When the demons show up, they have monstrous voices to accompany their horrifying forms. The fonts are rough with sharp word balloons, conveying a gravelly tone.

The demons are the high point of Devil's Dominion #1. Artist Raffaele Forte has designed some terrifying creatures. They're full of sharp claws and jagged edges. You can imagine how rough their skin must be, capable of cutting you open with the smallest touch. I like how normal people can't see the demonic forms. All they see is Devlynn's wrestling with some dude, but in reality it's two monsters beating the crap out of each other.

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Even the bigger demons still look like they're made of muscle. Inker Sara Ianniello captures all of the fine details in Forte's pencils, from the sharp points on their arms to the oozing pustules on one's body. It's gross yet fitting.

Devlynn's other form burns with the fires of Hell itself. A glowing light shines through her mouth, nose, eyes, and rib cage. Colorist Carolina Pontes This cuts through the shadows that surround the entire story. It's not quite a beacon of hope, but it's the closest thing some of these folks have. The other creatures Devlynn encounters don't have that same glow. They're darker and uglier.

Devil's Dominion #1 reads like a pilot to a monster-of-the-week TV show. Devlynn will travel the land, taking out demons along the way. Since we don't know her motivation, it's tough to get fully invested in her as a character. Hopefully that clarity will come with future issues of the series.


Story: threestars Cover

Art: threeandahalfstars
Overall: 3 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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