Paper Cuts: 8/18/16

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Demonic # 1 by (Skybound/Image)

There has been a real influx of demon-driven books, even from unsuspecting creative teams.  Last week we saw Kill or Be Killed with the crime noir team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips put a demon twist on a traditional crime story.  Citizen Jack by Sam Humphries also gives us a political satire with a demon playing a role.  It seems to be infiltrating books like the recent zombie craze after the success of The Walking Dead.

Perhaps it is because this book references demonic activity in the title, I did not worry about the overuse.  Even though The Walking Dead had a lot of zombie books follow in its wake, it didn’t mean TWD did not have great stories to tell.  So it is with Demonic.

Demonic #1 was a great horror-filled troupe with solid writing that left you caring about all the characters even after a single issue.  The art was predictable and had a very simple layout, but the transformation at the end of our main character – from a man to what he becomes – was a great design, which is crucial to any slasher in the horror genre.

Ratings: 3 out of 5

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The Hunt #2 (Dark Horse)

Issue #1 was beautiful to look at, and that is what  ultimately led to picking up this second issue.  I was certainly glad I did.

The team of Colin Lorimer and Joanna LaFuente really turned the eeriness and creepiness up in this issue and it was simply captivating.

The story may have started with something familiar in issue #1, but now I have no idea where it is going and happy to be taken for a ride.  This is downright weird, and I love it.  If you enjoyed Snyder and Jock’s Wytches, then this book is for you.

Ratings: 4 out of 5

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Tales from the Darkside #3 (IDW)

I read this book and literally had no idea what was going on.  It truly felt like I missed an issue, but as you all know, I reviewed the last issue right here on Papercuts.  The story completely lost me, as the reader was given no indication of what was real and what was not.  Was that the point?  I trust this team and it was entertaining, but perhaps the format of the television episode that it was meant to be is not best suited for the comics medium.

Ratings: 2.5 out of 5

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Haunted Horror #23 (IDW)

Horror anthology? Check.  Remind you of reading comic strips as a kid? Check.  Remind you of Vincent Price movies?  Check.

I love these monthly books that IDW is putting out.  These are wonderful small collections that I really enjoy reading: they are unlike anything on the shelves because they are from a different era.  I am shocked to see them still printing monthly issues as well as large curated hardcovers.

Next month may find me reviewing each of the many stories you get with a single issue.

Ratings 3 out of 5