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