Early Review: Demon, Volume 4 by Jason Shiga

November 3, 2017 Review 0

Early Review: Demon, Volume 4 by Jason ShigaDemon Volume 4 by Jason Shiga
Published by First Second on November 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

Immortal actuary Jimmy makes a startling discovery: Agent Hunter, his long-dead adversary, is actually alive and a demon himself! Hunter has spent the last century concocting a deadly trap for his nemesis, and he has the perfect bait: Jimmy's daughter, Sweet Pea. In the epic showdown to to end all epic showdowns, we finally reach the thrilling conclusion to this madcap series.

From the brilliant and profane mind of Jason Shiga, known for his high-concept comics work on the web and in print, comes a magnum opus: a four-volume mystery adventure about the shocking chaos (and astronomical body count) one highly rational and utterly sociopathic man can create in the world, given one simple supernatural power.

I've been interested in how this series ends since the first volume of DEMON, but the fourth and final volume didn't really live up to the potential I felt it had. Gory and violent, the story seems to devolve into a question of what can kill the most people the fastest.

I wouldn't recommend picking up this volume of DEMON if you've not read the first three. They're very much interconnected, and they're quick reads, so if you're interested, definitely start at the beginning. There is a brief, one page recap at the beginning of this volume, but otherwise we're plunged right into the story.

The concept itself is quite interesting, and the story takes some interesting turns, but not enough time is spent, in my opinion, on the world building and too much time is spent on the violence. There were a few times where I was just left wondering "but why is it like that?" when I was reading, and while I understand a graphic novel has less time/space to do what prose can do, the violence really started to grate on my nerves when there was so much of it with other things left unsaid.

Overall, the series is creative and worth a read. Though the conclusion wasn't as satisfying as it could have been, I was still interested in how the story ended. Taking it as a whole, it's definitely worth a read. This volume alone though, not so much.

Series Titles:
  1. Demon Volume 1
  2. Demon Volume 2
  3. Demon Volume 3
  4. Demon Volume 4
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  • For other violent fantasy graphic novels, try Chew by John Laymen or I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young.

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