Review: The Devilers #1 (of 7)

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Managing Editor
created 07/15/2014 - 11:18pm, updated 07/16/2014 - 10:28am
Joshua Hale Fialkov,
Matt Triano,
Mark Roberts,
Simon Bowland,
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: 
July 16, 2014
A priest in flames!
That is how this 7-issue miniseries from Dynamite by writer Joshua Hale Fialkov begins, and it only gets darker from there ... in a good way.
The book in its first issue unfolds as sort of a pop culture version of a religious epic. We have the coming of evil -- literal evil -- and then the arrival of a mostly reluctant team of the faithful to battle them.
Fialkov gives us a very gritty and dire world here, but it is not without light or hope. The scribe follows a similar path that he had taken previously in I, Vampire, but here in a much freer, broader sense because he is literally not stuck in a corner of another universe.
For a first issue, we certainly get to know a few members of the cast well, especially the POV pastor, Malcolm. You can already see this is going to be a strong character epic.
Artist Matt Triano demonstrates his immense talent in this first issue, which has layouts that make the eyes pop. Old time readers will recognize something very similar to the work of the late, great Gene Colan in the art. and to my mind you cannot get a higher compliment than that.
I will be very interested to see where this elemental battle of good vs. evil goes from here. Great first issue!