Devil Child

March 11, 2013 Posted by admin

REVIEWER: MATT YEO

REVIEW DATE: 31/07/02

TITLE: DEVILCHILD: HELL IS AROUND THE CORNER

devilchildWRITER: ANDY WINTER ARTISTS: NATALIE SANDELLS, PEET CLACK, TIM DOE, TIM TWELVES

As if you needed more proof that a new wave of British talent is just waiting to be unleashed on an unsuspecting comics industry, along comes Andy Winter and his creation, Devilchild. His first comics work, and the debut release from his own independent publishing concern, Moonface Press, Devilchild has been described as “Dante’s Inferno with dick jokes”. Now, being the huge Kevin Smith fanboy that I am, that one line was enough to sell it to me!

Devilchild tells the story of a decidedly reluctant antichrist, his angelic flatmates and alcoholic devil of a dad. Part-time waiter Troy Moore likes nothing better than getting wasted on a Friday night out in Camden, but runs smack into the fiery face of fate when he discovers his father just happens to be old Saint Nick himself.

Combining loose elements of Preacher, Spawn and Dogma, this tale of Heaven, Hell and hard-drinking heroines shows that Winter has a great ear for dialogue and characterisation. There’s plenty of humour and balls-out fight sequences, but it’s the (rare) quiet moments that give you an indication of his future potential as a writer. In fact, while reading Devilchild, I couldn’t help but be reminded of fellow Brit creator James Robinson’s London’s Dark graphic novel, a solid debut that eventually led to his work on such DC hits as Starman and Hawkman.

Debuting artist Natalie Sandells does a stand-up job with such a diverse cast of characters and locations as well as both action scenes and expositional moments.

Also contained within this 86-page graphic novel are three additional short stories, penned by Winter: Velocity Girl (with art by Tim Twelves) and Dosh & Pecs Do Time Travel (drawn by Peet Clack) are cheeky stabs at the superhero and sci-fi genres, but the standout for me is Feathers (with Tim Doe). This silent tale is the kind of thought-provoking comic book storytelling that wins awards and both Winter and Doe should start preparing their acceptance speeches in advance. With Devilchild: Volume II already in the works, Andy Winter and co. are definitely going to be names to watch out for! To find out more about Andy Winter, check out his Creator Showcase page.

BULLETPROOF RATING: 10/10