Eisner Award-winning writer Ian Boothby and stylish artist Gisele Lagace collaborated on Exorsisters #1 that debuts with an aplomb with their coherent mixture of abilities. In fact, I found their styles meshed together well for an optimistic-style of fun supernatural mystery that offers a couple of twists. The readers follow two twin sisters — Kate and Cate Harrow — who are not normal and exorcists. While they have different personalities, they mesh as a duo. It’s not a sort of chemistry that’s possible to fake.
If you need someone to bring your beloved ones back from Hell, they’re your pals for a price. These strange entities range from the terrible to the confusing to the hilarious that keeps a reader on their demon-nipped toes. I’m glad to see this story played out in a way I didn’t expect to see since we’ve seen the basic ideas in other works.
Exorsisters #1 Leaves A Bride At The Altar Like A True Kinkster
I laughed and felt my heart warm at the set-up. Even from the beginning where the story starts off a little off-kilter, there’s also a sweet bond between characters. There are frog demons and ogres crashing your wedding and stealing your future husband for the debts he has to Hell. My first instinct would be why does Hell want him and whether he deserves eternal torment.
You wouldn’t doubt the integrity of the man you were about to marry. On the other hand, the bride Gloria hires Kate and Cate to get him home. Gloria is a true ride-or-die woman, an ideal trait to see in someone’s lover. It’s not the type of positive morality I assumed would occur in Exorsisters #1 since I’m used to morally grey characters.
I found the clear good and evil dynamic plays well to Exorsister #1‘s comedically surreal, yet grounded tone. You know who to root for in the end, but the narrative continues to keep you on your toes. I like seeing how Kate and Cate work well together as a team from the beginning. There are also moments that set-up an intriguing overarching plot for future issues, but there’s also a ‘save the world’ cliche that I’m interested in reading.
These scenes make you wonder about the protagonists’ pasts as well as to the nature of their skillset. In the future, I expect a lot from their adventures because of the questions posed in Exorsisters #1 are of a compelling sort.
Art As Distinct As The Devil Going Down To Georgia
I’m not sure if I like the art, but I can’t stop staring at the pages. It’s like someone made a deal with the devil to give them a unique set of drawing prowess. On a technical level, there’s not glaringly bad about the artwork, so it might just be a style that one needs to get used to seeing.
The character designs for both humans and demons are memorable, but the backgrounds are fairly sparse in design. I find it a little strangely amusing how the background, objects, and characters tend to look like they’re pasted on top of each other. It’s as if a little kid decided to play God and Exorsisters #1 came as a result.
While I’m not sure if I’d enjoy this style in other story scenarios, I really appreciated how the coloring and line art worked with this comic issue. It fits the story in its weirdness because it’s odd, yet fascinating. You won’t want to look away, despite thinking that you should when Exorsisters #1 throws a curveball at you. It’s no fun being hit in the face.
Would I Recommend Exorsisters #1?
I would recommend Exorsisters #1 for those who like stories in the same vein as Supernatural seasons 1 – 5 or Wynonna Earp with a lighter tone. You know the formula: humans going on cases, thwarting supernatural entities, and familial relationships. The difference comes when you realize the Harrow’s problems come with less soap-opera drama. It’s more blinding rage and petty revenge, which gets a thumbs-up from me.