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"Lucifer's Knight #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone


Written by John Perry
Illustrated by Emi Utrera
Colored by Jolly Awodola
Lettered by LetterSquids
2020, 28 Pages
Comic released on April 1st, 2020


Luke is your average teenager dealing with average teenager problems. He's trying to keep his girlfriend happy, stay on top of school work, and get through the monotony of high school. He's also trying to stay one step ahead of the demons that want to eat his soul. Luke's problems are about to get a whole lot deadlier.

Lucifer's Knight takes a bit to really get going. While the debut issue opens with a frightening nightmare that foreshadows some of the darkness Luke will be up against, the vast majority of the issue is spent introducing us to the main character, his friends, and the normal world around him. This would have been fine in a movie or TV show, but not in a comic with less than 30 pages. There's a finite amount of room to grab the reader and the real hook for Lucifer's Knight doesn't come in until the final page.

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The hook, while interesting, comes out of left field. There's no inkling as to why Luke might be a target or why he's tied up with this whole demonic thing. For all intents and purposes, he's just an average kid. Sure, he had a weird nightmare, but that's the only thing that stands out about him. Granted, that could be the point and he's about to have his eyes opened to see all the evil things that go bump in the night. It could go either way.

Artist Emi Utrera reinforces the normalcy of Luke's life throughout the day-to-day sequences. There's a nice set of panels that shows how Luke is just kind of going through the motions at school with him sitting in the same spot in each class. While the people around him and the location change, he's stationary, further outlining his stagnant nature when the comic starts.

Where Utrera really excels is with the demon that shows up towards the end of Lucifer's Knight #1. It's a traditional approach for the creature, with horns and leathery wings, yet more sickly and wicked. It's little more than skin and bones, but you have no doubt that it could rip your throat out at a moment's notice. There's an ashen look to it too, like it just clawed its way out of the pits of Hell.

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Colorist Jolly Awodola gives the demon an alarming shade of red, like it was forged in fire and brimstone. This works very well with the shadows it looms in. Letterer LetterSquids rounds out the terror with an unsettling, gravelly voice for the creature, adding the final touch to this walking embodiment of horror.

It's clear Lucifer's Knight is just getting started. It just takes quite a bit of time to get going. Now that a hook has been thrown out there, we'll probably spend some time redefining the rules in preparation for whatever Luke will face next. That could have been covered in this first issue to create some momentum. We'll see how this plays out.


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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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