Writer: Brian Buccellato / Artist: Toni Infante / Image Comics
All good, chaotic, suspenseful things must come to an end, so here we are at the conclusion of Sons of the Devil. In a series that built its drama on rarely revealing any direct danger, its finale comes with an expectant amount of violence and blood. The stage is set – Travis is in the pit with Melissa, along with his siblings and their father David, and the only question is how dark this series chooses to be. This review is written without spoilers but what I can tell you is that this issue moves fast, and that it cleverly redirects the conflict from a simpler question of who will survive, to a subject Travis and the reader have grappled with throughout 13 issues of the series: belief. Does Travis believe? Do you believe in David’s prophesy, having seen what we saw? The belief that gives credence to a murderer’s insanity is the same belief that can keep Travis alive as the chosen one. And there’s the rub.
Infante’s artwork brings the drama to a head, packed with those deep red panels previously reserved for sporadic use during tense scenes of the series, now used for twenty pages straight. Scenes are dark, red, and balance distance well between the emotional close-ups and panning the narrow surroundings of the pit. After fourteen issues it is hard to imagine another artist fitting this story as well as Infante. Sons of the Devil and its suspenseful darkness go hand in hand with its frenetic artistic style.
Cheers to a great series. Sons of the Devil reaches a climax that fulfills its promise. Look forward to future work from its creators; in the meantime, if elements of the story feel murky after such a slow burn, this is a good opportunity to read Sons of the Devil through from the beginning.
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