Writer: Brian Buccelato
Arist: Toni Infante
Sons of the Devil #1 introduces readers to a dark world full of twisted characters and a creepy cult making moves behind the scenes. The first issue focuses on introducing readers to Travis Crowe, a gentle, but hot-headed character with some serious issues. While there are some interesting characters and events throughout this issue, there isn’t enough here yet to make this series a must-pull. Still, there are plenty of interesting concepts for horror fans to latch on to.
Brian Buccelato has created a dark world full of layers that readers will find themselves wanting to peel back. Travis is a character that makes questionable decisions but remains hard to dislike. He helps a child find his way home in one panel, but loses his temper and attacks a man in another. These actions are somewhat explained by the character’s past. He’s an orphan without closure, who has apparently been betrayed by those closest to him throughout his life. It’s clear that this is a broken man who has mostly given up on finding any real answers regarding who he is or the identity of his parents. Fortunately, he is surrounded by a likeable cast that wants nothing more than to help Travis find his way.
The cast of characters is dynamic and allows for the story to develop naturally through strong dialogue. While Travis attempts to keep his life in order, others are working to further their own agendas. Most motivations aren’t clear, and it leads to quite a bit of mystery. There are shocking moments throughout the issue full of gore, though right now it’s hard to say how the violence is connected to Travis. While there are interesting characters and events in this issue, the story itself isn’t too strong yet. The foundation is still being built, but it is clear that this could be a special series after a few more issues. This appears to be the type of series that will reward readers who stick to it.
On art, Toni Infante draws the world with a gritty style full of messy lines and sharp faces. The style goes with the tone of the book perfectly and does well at making sure the readers aren’t distracted from the main story. The colors help to reinforce the dark tone of the title and help the book to hold on to the sense of mystery and horror.