Written by Ian Boothby
Art by Gisèle Lagacé, Pete Pantazis, and Taylor Esposito
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: November 21, 2018
The Harrow Sisters’ mother is here! To spin a tale of tragedy and ask for help from her daughter split in two! But will they listen to her pleas? Find out in this latest issue of Exorsisters!
I like that Boothby starts us off on another job for the sisters rather than where we left off last time. While it leaves a lot of unresolved questions floating around from the get go, I think having an exorcism of the week with plot afterwards works for this comic.
The backstory behind Cate and her mother is fantastic. Boothby spins a tragic tale of betrayal, society letting you down, ageism, and dark forces taking advantage of a dire situation that’s captivating and leaves innocent bystanders as the victims at the end of the day. While you understand why the mother did what she did, you still know that her weak choice and poor judgment truly destroyed what she loved most in the end.
The mother in general, amped up to be this terrible human being in the first issue, feels much more human in this one. While flaky and terrible at the end of the day, it’s sad to know that she was once a good person who wanted the best for her daughter.
The quick action sequence in the beginning with the creepy skin-wearing stare demon was fun. Lagacé creates a dynamism to the panels, swift lines bringing the idea of action to mind that provide a fun and a little cartoonish page.
I love the spirit following the mother. I think things you can barely or never see are usually more horrific than when you actually see the monster, so the faded image of a shadowy force behind the mother works spectacularly well.
I think the bright colors that Pantazis uses throughout the issue are great. They set a lighter tone to a comic that could easily veer towards the dramatic, and I appreciate the softening of the edginess through colors.
I like that the colors within the flashbacks set the tone of the scenes. A pink haze overlaps panels of joy, the red panel starts the beginning of the end, and the tealish-blue panels show the mother’s darkness and tribulations. I think it’s a wonderful use of coloring.
If you have the time, definitely check out Exorsisters. It’s a fun romp and I’m excited to see where the overarching plot goes.
The Verdict: 9.5/10