Writing - 9/10
Art - 8/10
Overall - 8.5/10
Writer: Ian Boothby
Artist: Gisele Lagace
Colorist Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Branwyn Bigglestone
Production: Erika Schnatz
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: Mature
Released: December 19, 2018
The Exorsisters are a somewhat self-explanatory team: they’re sisters who hire themselves out to handle all of our demon and possession problems. When you hire them, though, be ready for lots of sass along with your rescue.
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The Story of Cate and Kate Continues in Exorsisters #3
Exorsisters #3 introduces a new and potentially longer running plot into the mix. It looks like it’s going to be a dangerous and emotionally traumatic mess, but these two seem like they’re fairly used to that at this point.
Being that we’re officially onto the third issue of Exorsisters, it’s time for the writing to establish some expectations for the readers. We already know the characters pretty well; we know their situation, job, and even a good chunk of their backstory (the relevant bits, at least). As for the plot, it could go one of a few different ways. It could become a sort of freak-of-the-week series, with the occasional longer plot, or it could just go straight for something big.
It looks like Ian Boothby might be going for a blend of the two, if this issue is anything to go by. There are actually two plots here, one being the freak-of-the-week sort, and the other one pulling us into something bigger.
Exorsisters #3 starts out on one of those silly notes. You know the type—something so surreal is happening that it’s next to impossible to take it seriously. From there the plot quickly dives into the deeper end of the pool. It makes for an emotional roller coaster of a read, but it does keep the pace going.
Boothby cleverly uses the introduction of a tragic new element in Cate’s backstory to introduce a larger threat to our characters. Starting the plot off with an emotionally compromised character is an interesting choice; it increases the intensity of the moment, and inclines us to feel sympathetic for her. It also piques our curiously.
The conclusion to the issue left me anxious to see what happens next. It isn’t quite what I’d call a cliffhanger, but I also couldn’t say that it’s not a cliffhanger either. It did effectively tell us how serious the situation is though, so that’s something.
The artwork for Exorsisters #3 fits in well with what I’ve come to expect from the series. Gisele Lagace enjoys using lines to give us a sense of action. She also isn’t afraid of blank spaces, and knows how well they can accent a scene.
Pete Pantazis compliments Lagace’s art style perfectly. He uses lots of solid colors which works well with the open spaces Lagace provides. He also isn’t afraid to use bold colors as a way of accenting dramatic points, or to make a distinction between flashbacks and the present. I’m personally a fan of this technique, as it means less time is spent wondering what point in the timeline we’re currently at. In this particular instance, the flashbacks had a lightly muted effect to them. It was enough to signify a change, without becoming overwhelming. It also didn’t take away from the main focus, which is the perfect balance.
Exorsisters is one of those series that isn’t afraid to beat up its main characters, both physically and emotionally. That sometimes results in it being a rough read, but it does go a long way in making sure we’re emotionally invested in the series. Unsurprisingly, this issue has kept that trend, with the new backstory revealed.
I loved the way the backstory was tied into the currently developing plot. It was a clever way of bringing it up, and it helped the series avoid the freak-of-the-week syndrome for another issue. I don’t know where the series is going to go, or how long this plot will last, but I am very curious to see what happens next.
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