(W) Ian Boothby (A) Gisèle Lagacé (C) Pete Pantazis (L) Taylor Esposito
When talking about same-sex sibling demon hunters I think of Sam and Dean from Supernatural, Dante and Vergil from Devil May Cry, and Drew and Jonathan from HGTV’s Property Brothers. Wait one demon-slaying second… there is something wrong here. None of them are female. Well that’s where Ian Boothby and Gisèle Lagacé Exorsisters #1 differs from the pack.
Being a first issue in a brand new series heightens the need to pull in the readers with a good plot, and give a reason to be invested in the characters and their future. This issue does exactly that by using catchy dialogue and likable characters. Acting as a quick one-and-done mystery, we are introduced to Kate and Cate Harrow, twin sisters with polar opposite personalities that accentuate their dynamic. Without going into spoiler territory, the sisters end up investigating what seems to many as an unfortunate bride being left at the altar, but we soon learn it was anything but. The dialogue between the Harrows stands out the most in the story with quick wit and playful banter between the two. Although the story was fun and made me itch for more, it seemed like it has been done before. The issue ends on a twist to further the plot, but it was extremely predictable and, as a result, it didn’t have much of an impact.
I’m personally not a fan of the art style used by Gisèle Lagacé, as it has to much of a vintage “Archie” feel to it. However, it objectively looks good and complements the story very well. Lagacé’s art gives the story a very grounded aesthetic, making it seem as this could happen in real life. With Pete Pantazis work on the color helping bring Hell to life and helping cement the feeling of this being a reality we could be living in.
Final Thoughts: I loved the interactions with the sisters, and the story was fun for an introductory issue, but I feel that if there aren’t anymore twists after this first issue then the story may run on to long like Supernatural has (sorry).
Memorable Quote: “Don’t worry, you’re in good hands. We get fiancés back from hell all the time! For a very reasonable rate!” – Kate.s
EXTRA: I found out afterwards Gisèle Lagacé has in fact drawn Archie before!