Joshua Hale Fialkov does great work in team books and The Devilers is another great example of that. The Devilers exudes confidence as the combination of art and writing really creates a fun, horror-fueled story that may just prove to be Dynamite's Justice League Dark.
The Devilers, in Fialkov fashion, is about a ragtag group of men/women of multiple faiths who are brought together to defeat the evil supernatural world. Issue two jumps right into the thick of things and our team is dealing with the forces of Hell. Where issue one really pretty much just said, “this is our cast, this is what we're doing, enjoy the ride.” Issue two gives us backgrounds to all the members of this team and is still very action-packed.
I think what I really enjoyed about Issue #2, despite being an info-dump, is that the exposition was tied-in to the action with what was going on now. We are given glimpses of the members' pasts and how they came to be found. All of these exorcists have very unique pasts which makes them even more distinct. The art really does wonders in that regard.
Matt Triano and Mark Roberts do fantastic work in this book. The spreads have wonderful and horrific details and the monsters that have been depicted are just equally gross. There are a couple of panels with a demon that is pretty disgusting and I loved all of it. Equally impressive is the way that the unique powers of the group are displayed. I am particularly fond of the reveal of the Djinn powers. Pretty great stuff! I am completely unfamiliar with Triano's work, but I find it to be very pleasing, Roberts' colors only helps to complement them.
A while back, in the infancy of DC's New 52, Joshua Hale Fialkov was writing I, Vampire. He was later given the task of writing Green Lantern Corps but due to...irreconcilable creative differences, he left. I am always left wondering what that could have entailed, what tales and stories we could get to enjoy when Fialkov is given the entire universe to play with, but I don't have to worry about it anymore. Fialkov's strengths lie in the creator-owned domain, I enjoy his work and will continue to support it.
So far I am digging The Devilers. I like seeing all faiths and even non-believers getting proper and representation. I'm going to keep following this series as it is one of the more enjoyable titles coming out of Dynamite and I can't wait to see what is coming next!
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Bryant Thomas is far too over attached to his dog, Dexter. He talks to him. Confesses to him. But most of all, he reads comics to him. When Bryant isn't working for the energy industry, helping companies figure out what to buy to make them profitable, he reaches for a new trade or drools over all of the insane JH Williams art in Batwoman's early issues. Growing up in Texas has given Bryant a very complex palate to BBQ Sauces, ranch dressing, and the occasional whiskey. His free-time is filled with panels and panels, and even more panels as he writes reviews for the wonderful institution that is, The Outhouse.
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