Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: The Devil Inside (3 of 4)
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Pencils: Darick Robertson
Inks: Wayne Faucher
Color: Avalon’s Matt Milla
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Assistant Editors: Stephanie Moore & Seth Ryan
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: Dan Buckley (Marvel Comics)
“The Devil Inside” advances, as Nightcrawler continues to investigate the mysterious deaths of 13 children. Demons, possession, X-Men, and an enigmatic child are just some of the prominent features of this book.
I first picked up this title out of curiosity, since I’ve got a soft spot for the blue guy. The storyline started off kinda cool, and I was at least interested to see where it was going. Now, I’m not so sure. My biggest complaint would be that it seems to be taking FOREVER to move the story along. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad book by any means. I guess it just isn’t what I expected. And when you spend, like, $5,000/month on comics, you really have to justify what you’re spending it on.
One thing that this book does really well, in my opinion, is fleshing out Kurt’s character. The character of Nightcrawler has been portrayed many different ways over the years (religious, swashbuckling, etc.), and this book is doing a pretty good job of tying them together. I also like the dialogue, as I think Aguirre-Sacasa really has a handle on these characters.
The art is another plus. The closest thing I could compare Darick Robertson’s work to would be sort of a cross between Rags Morales and John Cassaday. It’s a good-looking book.