"Exorsisters #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Ian Boothby
Illustrated by Gisele Lagace
Colored by Pete Pantazis
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 19th, 2018
Cate gets a visit from her ex-boyfriend, Buzz, which comes with a startling revelation about the underworld. Now, Cate and her “sister” Kate are familiar with Hell and the goings-on there, but this is a doozy. Before we get there, we get to dig into Cate and Buzz's past, how the former got romantically involved with someone when she doesn't have a soul and how the latter turned into a fly with a goatee.
Yes, Exorsisters is a tad on the silly side, but it pokes fun at some of the crazier aspects of the horror genre. For example, the opening scene is an underworld court room drama where Cate is defending a client who drunkenly sold his soul to a demon. She has to convince a jury of zombies that he wasn't in his right mind when he signed. She's arguing with a literal devil's advocate. It's great.
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This is just part of the fun of Exorsisters. Much of it comes through in the personalities of Cate and Kate. The two have very different approaches to life and it shows in Gisele Lagace's artwork. Cate is more serious and reserved while Kate is a bundle of excited energy. You can probably guess who was acting as the defendant's attorney in this court case.
Lagace's style is the perfect fit for this story, bridging the gap between humor and horror. There are some cartoony elements, particularly with Buzz, but the demons and violence are gory and creepy. We're talking giant spiders, snake people, and whatever the Hell Azphel the Abhorrent is. He's kind of like a big booger monster with teeth.
The court scene closes with some good old-fashioned violence. Letterer Taylor Esposito puts it over the top with some choice sound effects that let Cate have some much-needed stress relief. It's the fourth “STAB” that really does it for me.
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I realize that I just spent three paragraphs talking about the first five pages of Exorsisters #3. That's how fun and enthralling this comic is. The bulk of the issue is spent with Cate's flashback, filling us in on the details as to how the soulless woman could find love. Writer Ian Boothby puts in an awesome twist that has a terrific payoff.
Colorist Pete Pantazis uses a lighter shade of color for the flashback scenes, distinguishing them from those in the present. This is a subtle touch that goes a long way. Even with this layer, the vibrant palette still shines through which is definitely not a bad thing. Exorsisters has a particular look and feel and it's maintained throughout these scenes.
Exorsisters is just plain fun. It's perfect for any horror fan because it plays with all the tropes we've come to know and love. It doesn't insult them either. Instead, it uses them in new and humorous ways while also weaving a great story through them. Exorsisters is the horror / comedy we all need.