Stanley has the power of a Demon Lord, and he doesn’t have the confidence to use this gift. Find out if he is truly in control in Lucky Devil #1 by Dark Horse Comics!
LUCKY DEVIL #1 (OF 4)
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Fran Galan
Colorist: Fran Galan
Letterer: El Torres
Editor: Daniel Chabon
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 4th, 2021
Previously in Lucky Devil: Stanley is a down on his luck man who doesn’t have the courage to stand up for himself. But that changes when he finds himself possessed by a demon who has the power to turn Stanley’s life around!
WHO IS IN CHARGE?
Lucky Devil #1 starts with Stanley telling his story to a group of people. His partner, Fiona, is cheating on him and he doesn’t believe he deserves to confront her about it. His workplace is hostile and walks all over him. After he gets another menial task where he is supposed to grab everyone’s lunch order, Zedirex the Tormentor reveals himself. A demon who has power and causes Stanley’s boss to jump out a window!
Stanley is scared of this demon within him and goes to a sketchy psychic for exorcism. And luckily, it seemed to work! But short on cash, he has just enough money for a burger. And like we all do, he forgot to count for tax. When another customer grabs him on the shoulder, Stanley unleashes the power of hell and commits a terrible atrocity in the burger joint. Zed shows up and states that Stanley successfully exorcised him from his body, but he still has all of Zed’s power!
STARTING A CULT
Stanley provides a situation of helplessness that is easily relatable to any reader. Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches against people who want to keep you down. So much so that the people Zed (or Zed’s power) hurts seem to deserve it. And that is what is interesting about Lucky Devil #1. Is Stanley the protagonist or antagonist in this story? Is he a hero for the downtrodden or a murderer? That is what I am interested in and wanting to figure out. His character arc features him abusing these powers, but will he learn to control them or become a demon tormentor like Zedirex.
The art here is gruesome. I don’t enjoy gory and vivid art styles and we get that here. The art is well executed and well done but this isn’t a comic for your children.
BOTTOM LINE: SOLID FIRST ISSUE
Lucky Devil #1 is solid writing with some complex themes. The story is a dark, gritty, and extremely well done. But I think you need to be looking for this kind of story because this is definitely designed for mature audiences. If this is your type of book, then it is definitely a recommendation from me. 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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Lucky Devil #1 (of 4)
Lucky Devil #1 has us wondering if Stanley is the protagonist or antagonist of this story.