COMIC REVIEW: Demigods #1

I recently had a Twitter conversation with Jesse Grillo of Bleeding Ink Comics. He was nice enough to hook me up with a pdf of all of his books, so I could review them. The following review is for issue one of his comic Demigods.

In Demigods, we follow a group of super-powered teens as they go on a journey of discovery and self-awareness. They learn that their life up until this point has been a lie, and that the world is quite different than what they’ve been told. We join the group at the very beginning of their journey and watch as they begin to learn of what the world really is.

The story starts with a few scenes of the children going about their life, working out, using their powers, and being instructed. We then see one child telling another that he has something to show him later that night. Something secret, apparently. Later, the two sneak off to check out this secret thing. The secret completely changes their view of the world, and they’re caught in the process of looking at it. After the administration decides to kill them, the two students are helped to escape by a staff member who it seems doesn’t like what is being done there. After the escape, the director turns to a “Translucent”, a student with psychic abilities, to find where the group has escaped to.

With the Translucents help, they find out the identity and whereabouts of the escapees. After a stunning revelation about Aren and the group’s powers, a group of soldiers burst in and attempts to bring the children back. They’re easily taken down, and the group proceeds down the hallway with only one goal, “Kill ‘em all.”

The writing is spot on. You can see the brainwashed aspect of the kids in the dialogue and the characterization. Jesse Grillo is doing a great job with the writing, making the characters genuinely likable, even the unnamed ones. You understand their motivations for the things they do, and feel for them. Though, some of the story was a little predictable, it was still well-written and a great story. Definitely a talent to look out for. Given enough exposure and time, I would hope to see Jesse writing at a big name company in the future.

Artwise, the comic is spot on. The art is very smooth and clean, which lends to this story well. Luigi Teruel on pencils and Robert Gant on inks do a great job with the art. The coloring by Heather Breckel also is nice. All in all, the art brings it all together. Giving a nice, clean look to the story that Grillo is telling.

Overall, a great little comic. I definitely look forward to where he’s going to go with this, and can’t wait to see more. A wonderful indie gem, and something that the industry needs more of.

A week ago, I didn’t know who Jesse Grillo was. Now, I’m a definite fan. This man can write and create some comics. As what I see as one of the great undiscovered talents, Jesse deserves all the success in the world, and I hope he gets it.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Leo Johnson

 

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