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Review: We Have Demons #2

We Have Demons #2

As Lam and the Angels continue the mission that her father started, Gus tells the story of a man who lost everything, and the one person who deemed him worth saving. We Have Demons #2 continues the rather intriguing comiXology Original series that feels at times like 1990s Image, both the good and the bad of it all.

Written by Scott Snyder, We Have Demons #2 puts the spotlight on Gus. We learn the rather tragic history of the demonic character and how he came to be that way. Snyder does an excellent job of balancing flashbacks and the current situation. But, what stands out is the heart of it all.

Underneath the flashy veneer, We Have Demons #2 has a surprising amount of emotion. There’s the tragic story of Gus but that’s intertwined with Cal and Lam and the lives of the trio. It’s all rather interesting and it’s that focus that makes the comic much more than its imagery. There’s a lot going on underneath so that you have some connection with the characters. But, more importantly, you’re taken along an emotional rollercoaster along with the over the top action that peppers the issue as well.

And there’s some over the top action. Greg Capullo does his magic bringing his style to the comic and while it works most of the time, there’s some instances where it falters a bit. Jonathan Glapion provides ink with Dave McCaig on color and Tom Napolitano on lettering. Capullo’s style is unique and he brings some great visuals when it comes down to it. But, every so often there’s a person whose contortions don’t quite work, a head that feels slightly off, or body language that feels like there’s a gap. It’s not bad at all but it’s noticeable with so much that’s so good.

Capullo does an excellent job in the quieter parts of the comic. While Gus discusses his past, the art nails the emotional ups and downs delivering the sadness and hope the story drives home. Character’s body language, the way a head lowers for instance, nail home what’s being discussed and it’s that extra small detail that really drives the vibes oozing off the page.

We Have Demons #2 shows that it’s going to be the relationship between Gus and Lam that really drives this series and makes it interesting. They’re the heart at the center of this adventure and what makes it fun and engaging. While they’re basically the grizzled veteran cop with his rookie partner, there’s a more paternal vibe coming off of Gus when it comes to Lam which sets up the heartbreak that’s likely to come.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: Dave McCaig Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Review: We Have Demons #1

We Have Demons #1

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are the architects behind some of DC’s biggest events and series creating concepts and stories that reverberate years later. Court of Owls to Metal, they’ve helped define modern-day DC Comics. Now they’ve taken their “show on the road” as part of Snyder’s multi-comic deal with comiXology. We Have Demons #1 kicks off a whole knew idea that also feels like a throwback to some classic comics as well.

Written by Snyder, We Have Demons #1 introduces us to Lam an interesting individual who has an interesting history and future. Lam is the narrator of the story, literally taking us through history to get us to her current moment, she might have to kill some friends. Why? You’ll have to read and find all of that out.

Snyder and Capullo’s combo of styles for the comic evoke an early Image, mostly Spawn with both how the story is told and how it plays out. Art panels are often to the right as narration is to the left taking us through the story, a very different style of comics than many or releasing now. And it works, it works well. We get the story and the history from Lam’s perspective, it’s clearly her story in many ways. And with what’s told, it’d be difficult to get the same effect and focus any other way.

What Snyder and Capullo do really well is that build up. As we’re given the history and what we need to know there’s a sense that something isn’t quite right. We know it’s not due to the opening. But, what the hell is actually going on? Chapter by chapter all of that is revealed until we get to the action packed ending that feels like it’d fit perfectly in a Sam Raimi film.

There’s such style to the comic. It mixes the humor of Raimi with the horror scares of that fantastic filmmaker with the visuals and style of a McFarlane. The combo is a comic that’s full of laughs, heart, and just solid storytelling. In the debut issue the comic has its “voice” and below it well. This is a comic that knows itself in every way.

Capullo’s art evokes his work on Spawn. There’s a focus on shots that are close in playing with the reader’s imagination and designs that would fit perfectly into that earlier work. With Jonathan Glapion on ink and Dave McCaig‘s coloring it’s the visuals you’d expect from Capullo but a bit reserved in a way as well. This isn’t the over-the-type art from the duo’s later DC work but instead feels like Capullo getting back to his roots in some ways. Tom Napolitano‘s lettering stands out as well as the comic begins to twist and turn at the end delivering more personality to what is dealt with.

We Have Demons #1 is a solid start of a series. While it isn’t anything completely new it delivers its story with a certain sense of flair that makes it a really fun and entertaining read. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and you can tell all of the creators involved are just cutting loose and enjoying the comic. There’s humor underneath even the most tragic moments of the comic. There’s a solid vision for the series in every way and as a start to Snyder’s return to his “indie” roots, this points to some solid things ahead.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: Dave McCaig Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Celebrate “Scottober” With comiXology at New York Comic-Con 2021

We Have Demons NYCC Poster

The comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content kicks off October with the debut of the first three creator-owned titles penned by New York Times bestselling writer Scott Snyder and co-created by some of the top artists in the industry. First comes We Have Demons #1 written by Scott Snyder with art by co-creator Greg Capullo on October 5th, then on October 12th comes Clear #1 written by Scott Snyder with art by co-creator Francis Manapul. Next comes Night of the Ghoul #1 written by Scott Snyder with art by co-creator Francesco Francavilla on October 19th. Closing out the month on October 26th the wickedly curious can get a glimpse at the next five upcoming titles in a Halloween Sampler.

The “Scottober” celebration headlines comiXology’s presence at New York Comic-Con 2021. Fans at the convention can find comiXology located in Artist’s Alley at Booth #H1B5 which will be decked out for the occasion. Come take a Scottober themed selfie between 11:00am – 6:00pm daily and get an electronic image for sharing and a commemorative print out.

Exciting giveaways include limited-edition enamel pins and exclusive We Have Demons posters (available while supplies last) which you can get signed by the superstar duo during their two signings. And don’t miss their live panel conversation moderated by The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald.

Schedule of appearances below:

Friday, October 8th

4:30pm-6:00pm—Signing Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo at comiXology Booth #H1B5

Saturday, October 9th

3:00pm-4:30pm —Signing Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo at comiXology Booth #H1B5
5:00pm-6:00pm —ComiXology Originals Presents: CONversations with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo in Room 1A21.

In addition to what’s happening inside the convention, look for billboards outside the Javits Center and the nearby 7 subway stop.

Here is the schedule of debuts for the month of October: 

October 5, 2021

We Have Demons #1 (of 3) written by Scott Snyder with art by co-creator Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion with colors by Dave McCaig and letters by Tom Napolitano.

In practically every folklore throughout history, there’s a struggle between angels and demons–beings of goodness and light and monstrous beings of darkness. But what if this struggle, this war for the soul of humanity, wasn’t rooted in the mystical or supernatural, but in science? 

Lam was named after the first female angel, “Lamassu.” Lam never really understood her father’s devotion to their small-town Unitarian church. And when he dies under mysterious circumstances, she starts to question everything she thought she knew. 

We Have Demons is full throttle entertainment by two comic book megastars, featuring action, conspiracies, secret organizations, monsters, mayhem, and a climactic war of good and evil with no less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance. 

October 12, 2021 

Clear #1 (of 6) by Scott Snyder with art by co-creator Francis Manapul and letters by Andworld Design

Welcome to the future, a world where people can connect to the internet neurologically and mediate the real world through the lenses of their eyes, transforming reality. Everything can be skinned to fit a preference from steampunk to old fashioned Hollywood glamour. If you can name it, you can live it. You choose how you see the world and no one else knows what you’re seeing. 

San Francisco, private detective Sam Dunes is working a case when he’s approached by his former police partner, who informs him of his ex-wife’s alleged suicide. But nothing about this adds up. And when he receives a gift in the mail, Dunes finds himself pulled into a wild and twisting mystery that stretches from the city’s deadly underworld to the even deadlier heights of the city’s wealthy and powerful elite. 

October 19, 2021 

Night of the Ghoul #1 (of 6) written by Scott Snyder with art by co-creator Francesco Francavilla and letters by Andworld Design

It was said to be the greatest horror movie in cinematic history. Shot in 1936, “Night of the Ghoul” by writer/director T.F. Merritt was meant to sit beside “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” as an instant classic… But the legendary film never made it to the silver screen. Just before editing was finished, a mysterious studio fire destroyed the footage and killed the cast and crew during their celebratory wrap-party. Rumors of the doomed film’s greatness persist to this day, but no footage from it was ever recovered…until now. 

Forest Inman is a horror film obsessive who digitizes old films for the famed Aurora movie studio. When he stumbles across a seemingly forgotten canister of footage, his discovery sends him on a dark odyssey to the California desert, where he’s warned by a mysterious old man that the film’s ghoul is far more than a work of fiction. 

Night of The Ghoul is a dazzling work of contemporary horror, intercutting between the present-day narrative and the story of the lost film (drawn by Francavilla in stunning black and white).

Scott Snyder Signs Deal with comiXology Featuring 8 Creator-Owned Comics

Scott Snyder has tested the waters of creator-owned comics, crowdfunding, and now has signed a deal with comiXology to co-create eight original titles for the digital platform. Through Snyder’s Best Jackett Press, the comics will first debut digitally on comiXology and Kindle and then later be printed through Dark Horse.

We Have Demons with Greg Capullo is one of the series announced. Others involved include Rafael Albuquerque, Francesco Francavilla, Jamal Igle, Jock, Tula Lotay, Francis Manapul, and Dan Panosian. The comics will begin to be released in October.

The decision by Snyder was expedited due to shifts in the industry due to COVID as well as publishers cutting rates.

While Amazon will get a brief first look, the company has no rights to the comics allowing Snyder and the artists to control the projects when it comes to film, television, and merchandise.

Check out the full releases below.

Barnstormers: written by Scott Snyder with art by Tula Lotay and colors by Tula Lotay and Dee Cunniffe — A high flying adventure romance set just after the First World War.

Barnstormers

The Book of Evil: written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Jock — A prose story about four young friends growing up in a strange, near future where over 90 percent of the population are born as psychopaths.

The Book of Evil

Canary: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Dan Panosian — It’s 1891 and a mine collapses into itself. Find out what the dark substance found 666 feet underground is in this horror Western!

Canary

Clear: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Francis Manapul — A sci-fi mystery thrill-ride into a strange dystopian future, where a neurological internet connection is transforming reality.

Clear

Duck and Cover: written by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque — A manga-influenced teen adventure set in the strange post-apocalyptic America… of 1955. In conjunction with Albuquerque’s Stout Club Entertainment.

Duck and Cover

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine: written by Scott Snyder with art by Jamal Igle and Juan Castro and colors by Chris Sotomayor — A rollicking adventure story about a boy, his dog, and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong?

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine

Night of the Ghoul: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Francesco Francavilla — A dazzling work of horror, intercutting between the present day narrative and the story of a lost horror film.

Night of the Ghoul

We Have Demons written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion and colors by Dave McCaig—The conflict between good and evil is about to come to a head when a teenage hero embarks on a journey that unveils a secret society, monsters, and mayhem.

We Have Demons

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