Image Comics 2018
Created & Written by Ian Boothby
Created & Illustrated by Gisele Lagace
Coloured by Pete Pantazis
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
After a demonic domestic dispute, Cate and Kate Harrow are visited by their estranged mother, leading to revelations about how the sisters got dragged into the dark world of deals and devils.
Well except for the possible ramifications of events seen in this issue it would appear that the girls will work one of cases while a larger story circles around. Ya know I am more than okay with that as it’s a chance to see them in action and possibly get in a little more characterisation opportunities. The opening here is cute and the fact that the sisters see the little girl sitting on her bed and jump to conclusions well I love that. This makes the pair much more believable and relatable to and that never hurts at all.
I like the way this is structured. From the opening to the last page Ian manages to create quite a nice intriguing story here. While a part of me wants to know how she manages to just read in through a mouth and yank out a demon possessing a man I think that will be explained in greater detail as we learn the origin of how the girls came to be and enter into this line of work to begin with. Now I may be off base a bit on my assessment but I am sure that it will shed some light onto how they manage to do what they do. Also why their mother was so rude at the end of last issue as she was introduced.
I do like how Cate and Kate have no problems talking to their mother and yet she only wants to talk to one of them and refuses to acknowledge the other. The dialogue is intriguing, infuriating and completely compelling which let’s face is everything we want it to be and some much more. The juicy bits this issue come with Mommy Dearest trying to do her best to explain everything that has happened to her and trying to tug on her daughters heartstrings. Though let’s be honest to try and appeal to the one version while ignoring the other is indeed the wrong strategy and if you need to know why then you aren’t reading this like you should be.
Gisele’s style is really attuned to a more all-ages audience which isn’t a bad thing but when dealing with demons and the like I do wish it were a bit sharper with more interesting attention to detail. Still the sense of style and fashion we see throughout is rather nice and the utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a solid eye for storytelling. I do like that we see backgrounds utilised a bit more here and I wish they were in all the panels but that’s just me seeing what’s been done and then left out here and there. Pete’s doing some very interesting work with the colours and the way flashbacks are seen and with those red highlights is fun.
I do like the way the story is being told and as we hear their mother’s tale of regret and woe. I also like the fact that alongside Cate it feels extremely convenient and forced as if she’s trying too hard to get them to feel sorry for her. She knew full well what she was doing when she did what she did, that she did in self-preservation is no defence not at the cost of your child. So I am with the girls on this one forget her and the fact that she refuses to acknowledge her hand in bringing both Cate and Kate into the world.
This is fun and while it has elements to it that make perfect for a CW offering these guys bring the fun they are having through the work and get to reader to see and feel that themselves.