"Sons of the Devil #9" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Image Comics
Written by Brian Buccellato
Illustrated by Toni Infante
Color Assists by Mado Pena
2016, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on July 27th, 2016
As an orphan, Travis didn't know much about his biological family. He grew up in foster care, none the wiser that his father was an insane cult leader hellbent on sacrificing him and several of his half-brothers and sisters to the devil. In hindsight, he probably had a better life in an orphanage. Travis is learning more about his past, trying to piece everything together and coming up with a pretty terrifying picture...especially since his father is still alive and coming for him.
When Sons of the Devil started, it was tough to sympathize with Travis. He lashed out at everyone around him in a very destructive way, destroying his relationship with his girlfriend and breaking up friendships. He's been humbled a bit as the series has progressed. For the first time he's got real family surrounding him. His girlfriend is pregnant. Things are finally looking up. That's why everything is about to fall apart as his past catches up to him.
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Travis' biological father David is a force of nature. The flashback that opens this issue is intense and horrifying. It shows what kind of man he really is and what he's capable of. Artist Toni Infante did a tremendous job with these pages, giving them the look and feel of old photographs, reinforcing the flashback nature. The chilling part comes in the hollow THK THK THK sounds that come as David makes his way from tent to tent, knife in hand. Your mind fills in the gruesome details of what he does within each one. The night is otherwise still as he slowly walks through the camp, drenched in blood with a fierce look on his face.
A few pages later, there's a beautiful scene of Travis and his girlfriend walking on the beach. The pages are filled with hope and possibility for the future. There's a cool blue shade across the characters, which is such a contrast to the opening scene and what follows. It's like this little glimmer of what life could be like for these two if Travis can escape his familial ties and whatever destiny his evil father has in mind for him.
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Sons of the Devil has pulled me into its tangled web of cults, family, and destiny. I've gone from hating Travis to wishing he gets a break in this crazy world. Infante's artwork has an intensity that makes the book exciting to read from cover to cover. It's got a great beach noir tone that's as deadly as it is beautiful.