Danger Devil 1 is not what I would call an “easy read”. As a self-contained story it provides little in the actual narrative to explain who is who and why we, the reader, should care. The only thing we can gleam is in the description of the item itself:
“A bounty hunter from the underworld, a demonic goddess, a cursed mythical kingdom rising from the depths of below, and a mouthy twelve-year-old are no match for Danger Devil and her sidekick Kid Diabla. These masked agents from the Mystic Bureau are dedicated to protecting the world from all supernatural threats, especially the Order of Methalia, an ancient society hellbent on returning the wicked one to her throne as the ruler of the ancient civilization of Tragg Magnar.“
Which, while a fine way to introduce the product to people, doesn’t translate very well to the opening pages of the graphic novel. That, coupled with consistently adding new information without explaining the old, made it a difficult novel to read. That being said, what did happen within the pages of this graphic novel? Let me take you upon a journey dear reader.
The Classic Opening Sequence
Our opening begins with a truck careening into a lamp post. Clearly these two have undergone quite an ordeal, but their relief at escape is short-lived when their pursuer catches them as they limp to freedom.
Once Jenny is introduced, they proceed to get into a fight that extends through the entirety of the graphic novel. Magic is conjured, demons are summoned, and all combatants essentially scramble in order to gain some form of advantage over their opponent. While this happens on the ground, our titular hero decides on making a dramatic entrance of her own.
Where does she get those cool toys?
Our hero arrives, with her sidekick, in grand fashion teleporting into the red zone. From here the battle gets explosive, in some cases quite literally, while the characters banter back and forth trading quips with fists. Eventually we come to, what I like to call, the plot of the issue.
Even with this, however, we still don’t know who the Mystic Bureau is nor why they would go so far as to protect the young girl in the first page. Explanation time is over at this point as the two parties commence to fighting once again. Demons are summoned, magic is conjured (again), and eventually the trio emerge triumphant against Jenny Deathwood. Yet even in victory, there is an omnious pall to the air as in death Jenny meets her maker (or in this case patron) which is very upset at her lackey’s failure.
DANGER DEVIL #1- The Devil is in the Details
Action without Explanation
While an enjoyable read through, the graphic novel doesn’t do the best job at explaining who is who at the beginning of the story. It is something the reader has to work out almost entirely on their own, and even then, there are a lot of questions left unanswered towards the end.
While not a bad read per say, its not something a reader can jump into with complete knowledge of the players as well as the story.
User Review( votes)
This graphic novel was difficult. Despite its sizable length, it doesn’t do a good job of explaining why any of what is happening matters. There is a great deal of action, sure, and a lot of the sequences were extremely cool. But when it comes to the substance of its narrative, this reviewer finds it incredibly lacking in that department.
Still! Perhaps in future installments of this title they will take the time to explain the who, the what, and the why in such a way as to make this volume better in hindsight. Only time will tell.
You can pre-order Danger Devil #1 today for its official release date later this month from wherever you buy comics. Consider supporting your local comic book shop by pre-ordering with them. Every little bit helps keep the comic book world moving. Thanks for reading, have a good one!