Stanley has decided what to do with his demon lord powers. He is going to be a figure for the ignored and downtrodden. Find out what his cult is scheming in Lucky Devil #2 by Dark Horse Comics!

LUCKY DEVIL #2 (OF 4)

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Fran Galan
Colorist: Fran Galan
Letterer: Ed Torres
Editor: Daniel Chabon
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 1st, 2021 

Previously in Lucky Devil: Stanley was down on his luck. He had a cheating wife, a terrible job, and didn’t have the courage to stand up for himself. That all changed when a demon processed him, and he went on a murder spree in a burger joint. Due to a bad exorcism, he managed to keep the demon’s power and is now using it to recruit the downtrodden for a cult!

THE START OF A MOVEMENT

Lucky Devil #2 begins with a confident Stanley talking to new pool of candidates. But there is a killer here. A desperate man thinks he is attacking Satan and pulls a gun on Stanley. Stanley brutally rips the skin off the man before repairing it to prove his power. Soon, Stanley and companion Dezzy look to purchase a church and buys a building that was once owned by a serial killer who thought he was possessed by a demon. The place quickly becomes an area for hedonistic activities and Stanley is approached by the Church of Lucifer in maybe doing a partnership. However, Stanley realizes something is weird and walks up to a bedroom where he finds Zed, his depowered demon. Zed then reveals that the demons of hell will be coming after him!

INCREASE THE STAKES

When I first picked up the Lucky Devil series, I was caught off guard by the shock value. This is a gruesome book but sometimes it felt that the book was gory just for the sake of it. When I picked up Lucky Devil #2, I expected that it was going to be much of the same. But this book was better. The gruesome activity seemed to be toned back a little bit and we focused more on the reasons behind the unpleasant actions. And I understand, the first book showed Stanley not being able to control the demon. But Stanely as a confident character is much more engaging to me. I found myself invested in the story and wanted to learn more about Stanley’s motivations. While I don’t know if I am rooting for Stan, he is an engaging protagonist and I’m intrigued to find out more.

I wanted to take a moment and talk about the artistic transformation of Stanely. As he gains more confidence, the art changes slightly. I think this comes from his face being a little more shaded, maybe he is standing up straighter, or he has a little bit of five o’clock shadow going on. Whether it is intentional, or I am just making it up, it adds an extra dynamic to his character development. Having his outside mimic his mental transformation is intelligent and adds depth to the story.

BOTTOM LINE: WELL-WRITTEN

Lucky Devil #2 is not my normal cup of tea. Cullen Bunn, however, has managed to tell a solid story that has hooked me into a genre I don’t normally read. While I wouldn’t recommend this story to young readers, this comic is a 4.5 out of 5 for me and I am curious to see what happens next!


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Lucky Devil #2 (of 4)

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Cullen Bunn does a great job hooking us into Lucky Devil #2 and the development of the protagonist Stanley.

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Christopher Rondeau is a storyteller based in Tulsa, OK. Finding himself with little work, he ended up creating a job as a Game Master full time on the internet. Chris spends most of his days reading everything he can, writing bad fiction, and watching old Digimon cartoons with his daughter. Sometimes you can find him Dungeon Mastering a podcast or streaming on twitch. Recently, he has completed his Master's degree with a focus on collaborative storytelling. Find out more at https://rondeaucreator.com

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