‘The Demon: Hell Is Earth’ #1 Review: Etrigan Is Back

Posted by November 23, 2017 Comment

The Demon: Hell is Earth #1
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Writer: Andrew Constant, Artist: Brad Walker, Inker: Andrew Hennessy, Color Artist: Chris Sotomayor, Letters: Tom Napolitano, Cover by: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Lee Loughridge, Assistant Editor: Diego Lopez, Group Editor: Marie Javins, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

Jason Blood, the immortal man forever bonded to Etrigan the Demon, has come to Death Valley with visions of a young girl burning before the Demon. He wants to know why he is seeing this and what it means for his future.

In a nearby town, a sorceress arrives.

Pieces start falling into place with the explosion of a nuclear bomb in Death Valley.

The Demon: Hell is Earth #1 cover by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Lee Loughridge
The Demon: Hell is Earth #1 cover by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Lee Loughridge

Oh, how I’ve longed for the return of Etrigan the Demon to comic books, and here he is at last. On top of all that, it’s actually good.

The push and pull between Jason and Etrigan is good fun. The premise with the visions is decent launch pad. When the Demon finally cuts loose, it’s violent and exciting.

When you figure out the plot behind the nuclear bomb, it’s not particularly fresh. It’s the generic plot for every demonic hero story in recent years. From Ghost Rider, to Spirits of Vengeance, Venom’s “Circle of Four,” and now the Demon, everyone is trying to bring about Hell on Earth. Even Falcon is bizarrely following that plotline right now.

We don’t get to know the specific villain behind all of it right now, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it were the biblical Satan from what we see.

The Demon: Hell is Earth #1 art by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Chris Sotomayor
The Demon: Hell is Earth #1 art by Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, and Chris Sotomayor

The team of Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy bring back the great work they showed while on Aquaman. Jason Blood is drawn scruffy and disheveled. Etrigan is snarling, sinister, and awesome. The demons they fight have a pretty distinct design of ash and cinder. The color work of Chris Sotomayor brings it all together with an ominous and overbearing atmosphere.

Demon: Hell is Earth doesn’t really do anything new or too unique, but it’s fun and engaging. The characters are enjoyable, the art is great, and it leaves me looking forward to the next issue. It earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

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(Last Updated November 23, 2017 10:13 am )

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He’s always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. Follow me on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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