Review: DmC: Devil May Cry: The Vergil Chronicles

Devil May Cry The Vergil Chronicles Comic #1 coverVideo games adapted to comic books and movies don’t have the greatest of records. The number of hits are far outnumbered by the number of misses. Titan Comics have released their entry into the comic book spun out of a video game world. Taking place a few months before the smash-hit re-imagining of the videogame series, DmC: Devil May Cry: The Vergil Chronicles unveils all-new aspects of Dante’s re-imagined world!

In a world controlled by demons, Dante is humanity’s last remaining hope. But Dante is lost, imprisoned far from the human world. Accompanied by Kat, a human psychic, and nearly driven insane by his inner demon, Dante’s twin brother Vergil must now attempt a rescue!

Discover the shocking secrets behind the stunning new Capcom videogame, DmC: Devil May Cry!

Here’s the good, DmC: Devil May Cry: The Vergil Chronicles is a complete story in a single volume and it’s nicely packaged in a bit oversized comic with a hard cover for $9.99. That’s the where the good begins and ends.

I’ve played the games and left reading this comic entry as fun for hardcore fans, and even then, I’m not too sure about it. The story is choppy, at times incoherent and struggles like so many video games do to create a flowing narrative. I’ve brought this up before in a previous review, but this story feels like I’m getting the narrative of a video game from the 80s or early 90s. There’s a cut scene and you play out the bridge to the next cut scene. With comics you have the ability to flesh out the story and characters and I feel like either something is lost in translation (which very well might be the case) or the writing was still geared towards a video game, where the imagery makes up for the story.

And even then, the imagery here doesn’t blow me away either. The video games the comic is based on provide much better visuals, so in the end, this entry fails to impress either way.

The better would be to have released this as a bonus for those who purchase the video or pre-order it. As a bonus it’s fine, but as a standalone comic, it falls very short.

Overall, unless you’re a diehard Devil May Cry fan, I’d steer clear of this one and put your $10 towards the next entry of the video game series.

Story: Izu Art: Patrick Pion
Story: 5.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 5.75 Recommendation: Pass

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review