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Review – Exorsisters #4 (Image Comics)

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  • Writing - 8/10
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  • Art - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.25/10
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Summary

Writer: Ian Boothby
Artist: Gisele Lagace
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Branwyn Bigglestone
Production: Carey Hall
Publisher: Image Comics
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: January 23rd, 2019

In Exorsisters #4, Cate and Kate learn that there are worse things than selling your soul to the devil. Granted, there aren’t many things worse, so nobody blames them for being surprised.

Exorsisters #4 Blends a Casual Jaunt with an Ominous Situation

In my review of Exorsisters #3, I expressed the hope that it had introduced a longer-running plot. Exorsisters #4 confirmed all of my hopes and dreams in that regard. It’s clear that the plot is not only going to become a major one—but that Cate and Kate are in all likelihood in over their heads, and they don’t even know it.

Writing

Exorsisters #4 (Image Comics) cover A by Gisele Lagace and Pete Pantazis
Cover A by Gisele Lagace and Pete Pantazis

It’s not every day that you see a casual walk turn into something much, much bigger. But that’s exactly what Ian Boothby did in Exorsisters #4. Cate and Kate start off having one of their fun little side moments—they’re quite good at creating lots of laughter—when suddenly they’re dealing with something completely different.

What I’m coming to enjoy about this series is that we can’t immediately tell what is a quick one-shot plot and what is tying directly back to the developing main part. Seeing as how I had previously expressed a wish for something more complicated and convoluted, I’m very happy with this turn of events.

This issue has a lot of fun with obfuscating what’s really going on here. A creature dressed up as another creature, all the while something else is happening in the background. People we’ve written off are involved in very dark works…and others are proving to be exactly what we expected them to be. It’s all chaotic in its own way, but considering who we’re talking about here, it works.

One of the characters in this series was clearly designed to be disliked. Which is a good thing, because I swear I hear nails on a chalkboard every time she appears on the page. On the bright side, this means that the character was designed perfectly for her purpose. Even if it does mean I’m hoping for her demise every time I’m reminded of her…

Boothby always manages to find a way to throw in these silly moments as well. I think a lot of those moments are attributable to Kate, but sometimes it’s the situation or side characters that can give us a chuckle. It helps to balance out the heavier moments.

The issue does end with a bit of a cliffhanger. Some people don’t mind that for single issues (as long as it doesn’t conclude a volume, that is) while others can’t stand it. Personally, I don’t mind them as long as they’re well-written…and as long as they’re not overused.

Art

I appreciate the risk the art team took in the design cover for this issue, but I have to say that it just isn’t working for me. Sure, it’s funny. But I don’t like the cut-in-half look of the cover. It’d make for a great page, but for a cover, it’s just not strong enough. Our focus is just too split to get much out of it.

The rest of the artwork for this issue was spot on, though, which is fantastic. Gisele Lagace and Pete Pantazis have stayed on as the artistic team, allowing Exorsisters to keep its distinctive style.

Gisele Lagace does the lines for the series, while Pete Pantazis does the coloring. Together this team brings the oddly colorful demon-infused world to life. It’s full of personality and little quirks, but it really works for this series.

Conclusion

Exorsisters #4 is really starting to move the plot forward at an exceptional pace. We still don’t know everything that’s going on here, and that’s a good thing. Cate and Kate are dealing with something that they’ve never seen before—on multiple fronts. From creatures pretending to be something they’re not, to complicated plots that they haven’t even begun to unravel.

I’m absolutely thrilled that the series has started taking itself a bit more seriously. I’m looking forward to delving into the danger these girls are facing. It’s clear that there’s so much more going on here than meets the eye, and I’ll be curious to see how long it takes the Exorsisters to put it all together.


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Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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