Review: Lady Demon #2
With only one series ahead of it in the Chaos imprint at Dynamite, the precedent was set for Lady Demon to be a bit of a misfire, that is if Purgatori was to be any indication. Instead of falling into a completely formulaic pattern, the first issue of Lady Demon proved that there was a bit more ground to cover in the supernatural bad girl club. Instead of focusing on female characters that are inherently dark, instead it focused on country girl Violet, and unwitting pawn in a supernatural battle which she was drawn into only by circumstance. The first issue dealt with the unexpected condition which she was left in, after being murdered for apparently no reason, she came back to life, only with someone else attached to her, the titular demon, looking for a mortal vessel to use for her own purposes, now a mixture of light and dark.
The second issue doesn’t lose any of the momentum of the first issue and instead expands upon it. While the murderers in the first issue were set up potentially as throwaway characters, here there is shown to be more depth to to the conspiracy which took the lives of Violet, her boyfriend and her father. This ties back into the unseen supernatural aspect of the story, as her foes are shown to be somewhat normal looking people, only that they have a darker connection to the occult. As they come looking for her, they discover that there is a lot more to her than what they bargained for.
The “two into one” concept for a character is one which is not often shown in comics. As opposed to a true Jekyll and Hyde persona where the two are still the same person (like the Hulk) the character here is one of competing influences of temptation versus innocence, and it makes Violet more compelling than the average supernatural hero. The first issue was a novel re-introduction for the character, but the second issue managed to build on that and expand the overall narrative in an interesting way. If Lady Demon is to be the level of quality for the Chaos imprint, then maybe Dynamite made the right decision to pursue these characters after all.
Story: Aaron Gillespie Art: Mirka Andolfo
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.