"Hexed #8" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by BOOM! Studios
Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Illustrated by Dan Mora
2015, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 11th, 2015
The phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” pales in comparison to the level of anger coursing through Lucifer right now. She's been through some tough times of late, but she always had someone close to ground her. When that person is killed, it sets Lucifer free to rain terror down upon her enemies in fiery vengeance. I almost feel bad for Madame Cymbaline, as not even her fortress or any of the guards around it can keep her safe from this fury.
There has always been a sense of mischief about Lucifer. She's a professional thief specializing in supernatural artifacts, so there has been a certain level of danger in her work. Despite that, she has managed to keep a fun attitude, toying with her foes as she stays one step ahead of them. That's gone now. There is nothing but cold anger remaining inside her. Her eyes, once bright and full of life, are dead. Hats off to artist Dan Mora for really hammering home this hollow feeling that permeates from Lucifer. Writer Michael Alan Nelson doesn't need to provide any inner monologue or a lengthy narration explaining her feelings. It's all said in the eyes.
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She does share one small anecdote with the hapless intern that has been along with her for the ride so far. As they're riding up an elevator, ready to take on countless enemies, Lucifer recalls her first meeting with her now deceased friend and how unlike everyone else she saw the woman underneath the devilish name, saying, “Lucifer is such a pretty name for a girl.” That hits right in the feels and instantly justifies the rage that she's about to unleash. Mora did an excellent job with this scene too. The page is broken up into nine panels and with one exception, Lucifer is in the same exact position. The intern shuffles behind her, unsure of what to do next, but Lucifer is constant. She has a specific goal in mind and nothing is going to distract her from it.
What follows is the kind of body count usually reserved for slasher movies. Blood and gore flow in buckets as Lucifer pulls out all the tricks. The entire series has been leading to this point and readers will see several old items make a return. I know I've praised Mora quite a bit already, but he really drew his ass off in this book. The artwork just keeps getting better page after page as the excitement builds.
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Madame Cymbaline has worked in the shadows for most of Hexed, but she's always felt dangerous. Clothed in white and speaking through a henchman, never uttering a single word from her own lips, she's tried to work Lucifer into her plans, but unfortunately for her, this thief doesn't like strings. We catch a glimpse of Madame Cymbaline's true power in this issue and it is massive. It's the kind of strength that can erode mountains in minutes. That doesn't faze Lucifer. She never stops pushing until the very last moment, building to a point where you'll finish this issue and just let out a shocked “...Damn.”
Hexed is easily one of the best comics on the stands today. Michael Alan Nelson and Dan Mora have built an exciting, supernatural adventure with a strong character-driven story. I read this entire issue with gritted teeth, shocked at the lengths that Lucifer was willing to go. This is the kind of comic that reads like a blockbuster movie. I certainly hope that the big screen is in its future.
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