A new comic with magic, demons and the mafia in Damn Them All #1 from Boom Studios.
Damn Them All comes from legendary The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard and Step By Bloody Step scribe Simon Spurrier to introduce your favorite new occult antihero since John Constantine! Sofie Dodgson adds colors, while Jim Campbell lettered the comic.
In this new dark supernatural thriller for fans of We Have Demons and Something is Killing the Children, meet Ellie “Bloody El” Hawthorne: occultist-for-hire. Following the death of Ellie’s uncle, an infamous magician and occult detective, the 72 devils of the Ars Goetia are mysteriously freed from their infernal realm.
It’s now up to Ellie to track down each of these exiled demons and damn them right back to Hell by any means necessary… holy water, conjuration, or just her trusty, rusty claw hammer.
When Damn Them All #1 was solicited they already had my money with Adlard attached. My love for The Walking Dead runs deep and Adlard’s line work in the Robert Kirkman series is one of the main reasons I fell for The Walking Dead in the first place. Add to the book Spurrier and I was hooked into purchasing.
However, the book was a bit too wordy for my liking. I think my love for The Walking Dead was a mix of Adlard’s art and Kirkman’s ability to tell the story with just the right amount of word bubbles and text. Damn Them All #1 starts off with many pages of text to explain the beginning of the story. This is not to say I don’t want to read, it’s just a little lopsided to start a book.
Adlard’s art shines through and the overall story of the books works wonders after I get past the amount of text. The bonus to this book is the amazing colors added by Dodgson to Adlard’s line work. The perfect art team to conquer this story.
This style of story can be tough to handle sometimes, but I do think the creative team has the ability to tell it over the run of the comic. The first issue didn’t leave me dying for more, but did do enough for me to grab the next issue and see where the story goes. If I haven’t praised Adlard enough I will add a bit more by saying even if I don’t fall in love with the story I will continue to view his artwork.
The next issue of Damn Them All hits shelves at your local comic book shop on November 30, 2022.