Writing - 8/10
Art - 9/10
Overall - 8.5/10
Writer: Ian Boothby
Artist: Gisele Lagace
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Branwyn Bigglestone
Production: Cary Hall
Publisher: Image Comics
Release: October 17, 2018
User Review( vote)
There’s always a certain amount of excitement and trepidation when it comes to starting a new series. Will it wrap you up in the plot? Will it flop? The only way to be certain is to dive right in. Diving in certainly wasn’t something the creative team for Exorsisters was afraid to do; right off the bat we’re sucked right into the plot, facing a possible demon snack during a wedding. Scandalous, I know.
In the first issue we’re introduced to Cate and Kate Harrow – and yes, you read those names correctly. The similarities in their name was intentional, though I don’t think it’s because the parents have a bad memory for names. These sisters are known as the Exorsisters, and with good reason. As you can probably guess, they deal with exorcisms and getting rid of all the ghouls that go bump in the night.
Exorsisters is an oddly fun sort of read. While it deals with heavier subjects like demons, possession, and hell, it has a light and airy tone to the whole mess. It’s a refreshing change from all the dark and somber interpretations of the underworld if nothing else.
The first scene is interesting and humorous, but it doesn’t really draw you in as much as I’d like. Sure, the situation is interesting, and the flippant way the two sisters handle a traumatic event (admittedly one that didn’t occur to them) is sort of funny…but it still reads off. It felt like it was skimming the surface of something bigger.
Knowing that there’s something more going on (presumably) was enough to keep me reading. As the issue progresses and we learn more about the sisters’ abilities and personalities, as well as the problem at hand, things start getting a bit more interesting. There’s a large revelation at the end that guaranteed I’ll be reading the next issue, so that part was well done.
The plot in this issue was resolved before the end, leaving it feeling sort of like an episode of Scooby Doo. Thankfully it lacked a certain catchphrase, and it had a healthy sense of humor about itself. Still, I think once the series starts digging into longer-term plots it could have a lot of potential. Or it could stick to the ‘freak of the week’ routine and be a light reprieve from the troubles of the world.
The artwork is up to standards with a lot of other Image comics; it has bold shapes and colors, without wasting too much time or effort of extraneous details or shading. The color palette is lighter on the whole, which blends well with the lighthearted tone of the series so far.
The artist did a wonderful job of making both sisters distinct, despite the fact that they’re clearly twins. Their personalities shine through in the way they dress, move, and act. There are multiple creatures shown in this issue, and while they could all fit under the label of ‘demon’ they have a creative spin on them.
For a new series, Exorsisters certainly looks like it has a lot of potential. Like any new series it’s still in its settling in phase, but once past that, I thought it could prove to be really intriguing. Already we’ve had a couple of mysteries hinted at us.
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