Is there anything more awkward than meeting your ex? There is, if he’s returning from the great beyond… Your Major Spoilers review of Exorsisters #3 awaits!
Writer: Ian Boothby
Artist: Gisèle Lagacé
Colorist: Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Branwyn Esposito
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 19, 2018
Previously in Exorsisters: There’s nothing like a surprise visit from your ex. Cate’s first boyfriend is back from Hell, bringing with him a very dark secret from her past that may alter the future…
ORDER IN THE COURT!
We open in the pits of Hades, as Cate Harrow argues to save a doomed soul while her sister Kate tries to keep the man calm. Things go predictably badly, and when the man is sentenced to Aitch-Ee-Double-Hockeysticks, Cate offers a counter-proposal: Let him go and the Exorsisters won’t kill everyone in the courtroom. This also goes predictably, until the Harrow siblings swing into action and kick in the teeth of every present demon, from judge to jury to devil’s advocate. After successfully getting their client home (and washing the demon bile out of Cate’s hair) they get an inexplicable visitor in the for of Cate’s ex, Buzz. I mean, sure, he’s dead and all, but that’s not really all that much of an impediment these days. After the explanation of their complex relationship (Long story short: he tried to sell Cate’s soul to a demon, unaware that she doesn’t have one any longer), he brings the real shocker… Someone has killed Beelzebub! Cate and Kate tell him that’s just not possible, that nothing can be that powerful.
And that’s when the dead angels start dropping from the sky.
THIS ART IS WONDERFUL
Okay, first of all, this book is really a really beautiful read. Lagacé maintains all the quirks of her Archie-inspired art and pairs it with wild and disgusting alien creatures and situations, and her visions of the great terrible beyond are scary with just a touch of whimsey. Buzz being a cartoonish fly trapped in a jar is a comedic touch that doesn’t take away from the horror of his actions or the news he brings. The story itself is quite well-done as well, and I really like the amount of character given to our heroes in a limited amount of space. Kate’s one-liners are wonderful, and Kate’s deadpan delivery is so solid, you can almost hear her speaking. The sheer amount of story delivered in these twenty-odd pages is pretty amazing, from opening to flashback to the big reveal at the end, and it’s all great fun to read.
BOTTOM LINE: I LIKE THIS A LOT
To be honest, I’d read a shampoo label if it was drawn by Gisèle, but this comic is about much more than the art. With well-defined main characters, a good balance of horror to comedy and beautiful art, Exorsisters #3 made the immediate jump to my list of books to follow, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. I’m really impressed with how easy it was to get into these characters and their adventures even in the third issue, and I’m going to be seeking out #1 and #2 immediately.
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Irreverent, violent and funny, this book is really fun to read and looks just plain beautiful. What's not to love?