Written by Ian Boothby
Art by Gisèle Lagacé, Pete Pantazis, and Taylor Esposito
Edited by Branwyn Bigglestone
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: October 17, 2018
A demon drags a fiancé down to hell just before he can marry his future wife? The Harrow Sisters are on the case in this first issue of Exorsisters!
Boothby really has fun with his world in this first issue. Starting the issue off with a wedding being interrupted by a pact with a demon is an exciting way to kick off a series. The idea that a six-year-old girl is possessing a demon and is an all-powerful creature of mass destruction is hilarious. The casualness of the sisters in hell, their ambivalence towards their surroundings there, how terrified the dwellers of hell are of the sisters is refreshing. I like that Boothby really brings these strange and out of the box ideas to this series.
I like that the sisters get along well and aren’t at each other’s throats. They have such different personalities that it would be easy to give them a tense dynamic, but I like that they work well as a team. I like the twist in the end as well. I won’t say much about it, but it happens on the last page and it makes sense of the sisters and why they feel so skewed towards such opposite personalities. Plus, the surprise of who their mother is is a nice touch too.
For some weird reason, the design of the sorrow sucker is surprisingly adorable. Not really in the normal sense of the term, but kind of in the ugly cute sense. Good job there, Lagacé.
You can really tell what kind of personalities Kate and Cate have from the first panel of they’re in. Kate guzzling down an entire giant bottle of champagne, relaxed pose, wearing a t-shirt, sweater, sunglasses, and cutoff jorts with her hair down and messy, Cate in formal business attire and her hair up in a neat bun, calling to her sister as a way to stop her from downing an entire bottle of wine—them coming off as complete opposites is thanks to the fantastic work of Lagacé. The coloring contrast that Pantazis adds helps as well, giving the sisters a black and red palette that contrasts with the wedding dress they’re client is wearing and shows visually that these two are very different people compared to Gloria. I like that attention to detail.
Exorsisters is a fun series so far that does surprising and fun things with its world. I definitely recommend it.
The Verdict: 10/10