Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Toni Infante
Release Date: 25th November, 2015.
When it comes to horror, I’m a sucker for all things Satanic and involving cults. I love stories where people become embroiled in something big and mysterious; where they find themselves pawns in a game they have no knowledge of, and the further they investigate, the more enclosed they become in a terrible situation; where paranoia and dread are your only companions in a journey you feel isn’t going to end well. Sons of the Devil fits the bill.
Travis Crowe is an ordinary twenty-something just trying to get by in life, but the rage issues that stem from being orphaned and growing up in foster homes mean he’s always getting into trouble with the law, his job and his girlfriend, Jennifer. However, the reality of Travis’ birth is not a pleasant one, and can be traced back nearly 30 years to a Jonestown-esque cult, led by an enigmatic leader who looks like Charles Manson.
Travis isn’t aware of his past, but it is aware of him. Throughout the series we see him get closer to horrors waiting for him he doesn’t even know about. Although the first five issues collected here raise only more questions, it paves the way for a horrifying mystery waiting to be unravelled.
Sons of the Devil has strong characters, especially Travis – an antagonist I couldn’t help but sympathise with. He’s a twenty-something who can’t get his shit together, and the horrors we know that await him aren’t going to do him any favours as he tries to hold down a job and a relationship. He’s a character many men will be able to relate to, because he’s just as average as most of us. The horror itself is also grounded in reality, which makes it all the more terrifying.
There is a constant sense of dread and foreboding horror throughout Sons of Satan that really gets under your skin. It’s unsettling. This is slow burn terror at its finest, not bogged down by needless exposition or the need to answer any questions at all. At least not for now. This is perfect example of how ‘’less is more’’ storytelling can be the most effective, and I can’t recommend it enough.
This volume also includes an extra prequel story.
The writer of this piece was: Kieran Fisher
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