Sons of the Devil Review 4 out of 5 stars
The new comic from Image, Sons of the Devil # 1, written by Brian Buccellato and inked by Toni Infante is a brutal story that looks into the life of Travis Crowe, a man just trying to figure out who he is. With the premier issue of this creator controlled comic, Brian Buccellato sets the tone early with super ultra violence a la The Clockwork Orange within the first couple of panels. We learn that Travis was taken as a baby and during the abduction a caretaker was smashed viciously by one of his abductors. All is not clear through the first issue but from what we can see it looks like Travis is in for a hell of a surprise when he goes to the orphan group meeting that he is required to go to due to his problems with the courts.
You see Travis has an anger problem and he has resentments and he has questions that he wants the answers to. The fist issue is just an introduction to the character and storyline but a lot of foreshadowing is taking place. Setting up the reader for future issues to learn more of the back story and what is going on in the overall big picture of Travis’ world. Brian doesn’t give to much away but leaves the reader wanting more. He creates suspense and intrigue and the art keeps the story moving along with the images that portray what is going on in Travis’ life and all the conflicting and intersecting story points and plot lines.
The book has almost a Charles Manson like quality and I am interested to see where he goes with this. The images bring to mind Helter Skelter and The Shining. The tension is tick and the suspense created keeps the reader on the edge of his seat and wanted more. We should jab expected noting less from New York Time Bestselling writer Brian Buccellato. He has proved his writing acumen over the years writing comics for the majors but like so many before him he has come to Image to do the stories that he wants to write. His original stuff that doesn’t have a place at Marvel or DC.
At first glance and read the book is interesting, violent, and bound to draw attention due to the graphic nature of the material. The promo material bills it as a psychological horror story about Travis and I can definitely see that. The comic incorporates aspects of detective work, how orphans feel and horror. A unique and interesting combination that works amazing in the book. It was an easy read and the art worked sequentially to tell the story if you are into these type of book definitely check it out It’ll be worth your while.