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Hellstorm: Son of Satan #1

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Hellstorm: Son of Satan #1

Credits

  • Words: Alexander Irvine
  • Art: Russ Braun
  • Inks: Klaus Janson
  • Colors: Giulia Brusco
  • Story Title: Equinox: Part One
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics/MAX
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2006

There’s trouble brewing in the heart of New Orleans, and the Son of Satan has been inexplicably drawn to the city to figure things out.

Marvel’s MAX line is at it again culling the Son of Satan from an extensive list of supernatural characters for a new five issue limited series. This time around though, Daimon Hellstrom is grungier looking and totally hell bent for all-out gory meanness against hordes of demonic entities. All I can say is that this version of Hellstorm is kick-ass right from the get go and this is one series that has greatly piqued my interests.

It starts out with Daimon sitting in a bar in New Orleans and talking with a Doctor with whom he has just met. The man seems hapless and he goes on to explain to Daimon a strange encounter he witnessed while on overnight duty at the local hospital. He then goes on to relate a story about a pregnant woman brought in by police ready to give birth, but she suddenly disappears soon after the delivery. It seems like a big mystery to him and for whatever reasons, the doctor is inexplicably drawn to the woman, so he decides to track her down. In doing so, he discovers her down by the river where the child she gave birth to is seen transforming into a hawk. The doctor believes he’s going crazy, but Daimon knows better. There’s certainly a mystery to uncover here, and as Daimon begins to investigate the matter, he encounters a horde of demonic creatures sent to attack him courtesy of his father.

Again, for my tastes this story is chock full of surprises and propelled by one gruesome moment right after the other. The writer responsible for these unapologetic proceedings is novelist Alexander Irvine, and I liked the immediacy he fashioned around Hellstorm’s persona. I think this is somewhat of a departure from previous incarnations of the character, but he has offset the changes with an engaging plot involving the pantheon of gods from Egyptian mythology. The other point of interest to note here is the use of noir themes of alienation and that’s coupled with the writer’s preoccupations with the relationship between fathers and sons. So needless to say this series is going to reflect a much different scope than what most readers have been accustomed to.

I think that’s going to be a key point of interest as the series moves forward and artist Russ Braun will definitely have his hands full because of it. His work so far on the opening issue fits well into the stream of consciousness that is Daimon Hellstrom, and several pages half-way through really drove that point home for me. I loved the bits that allowed Daimon to swing his trident into demonic torso after torso, and those action scenes were complimented with gory extractions strewn about to season it all. Russ’s work is much different here than it has been in the past, but inker Klaus Janson lends the artist a grittier polish, and this in turn allows for a more finished look.

In the end, the overall look and feel to this project sends shivers down my spine. This is the type of facelift Daimon Hellstrom needed, and I think utilizing him under the MAX imprint works best. The production is slick throughout, the writing and art gel superbly in tandem and there’s even an awesome cover by Arthur Suydam to cap off this initial outing. I say live on, Daimon Hellstrom, and swing that trident true and proud because you are indeed the son of Satan.

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