Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo established themselves as the comic industry’s own Dynamic Duo with their epic run on Batman. After producing magic every time they collaborated, it should come as no surprise that their latest effort is finding success as well. In Dark Horse Comics’ We Have Demons #3 by Snyder, Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Dave McCaig, and Tom Napolitano, the arc concludes by exorcising the demons and keeping readers dreaming of more horns and halos.
After the shocking events of the last issue, where Lam discovered her deceased father, Cash, was a demon, the story opens with Daddy Demonest trying to turn his daughter to the horned side. Despite the Glories and Gus in her corner of her, this is Lam’s battle of her, and she needs to find faith – in whichever form – to help her overcome the trauma of seeing her father of her in this form. If Lam can defeat Cash, there are another two pivotal questions that need to be answered. Is there really a Halo meteor on course, or was it simply a trap? And who turned Cash into a demon in the first place? We Have Demons #3 answers both questions and will drop more than a few jaws by the end of the issue.
It’s no secret that the main theme of We Have Demons you have been about faith. It isn’t necessarily from a religious perspective, but about how belief in something or somebody can have an impact and change lives. In this third issue, Snyder ties up this concept with a powerful existential conclusion that explains how life is a cycle of rises and falls, and it’s easier to get trapped in the doom and gloom. Instead of getting sucked into this proverbial hell, this is a call to find the joy wherever possible and embrace the light more than the darkness. It’s difficult to argue with the timely nature of that message, especially considering the recent years.
At this point, it’s clear that Capullo gets what Snyder is trying to convey in his stories, and there’s an unspoken synergy between the art and story. It’s interesting to read the script that Snyder provides the art team, which leaves a lot of room for Capullo, Glapion, McCaig, and Napolitano to interpret in their own way. Cocoon harkens back to his days on spawn and even Dark Nights: Death Metal, whipping up a frenzied mix of hellish action and supernatural wonder for Glapion to accentuate through the inks. Glapion is no stranger to the action-horror genre, either, as his work on King Spawn and haunt proves he is a master of shadows.
McCaig’s colors toy with the idea of light and darkness, as the palette focuses on various blues and oranges. These shades become even more important in the action scenes, where they serve as the best indication of an army gaining an upper hand or becoming more powerful. Napolitano’s lettering becomes equally critical in We Have Demons #3, as the captions often hop between Lam and Gus’ points of view. Additionally, Napolitano ensures there’s a distinct and noticeable difference between the speech of demons and humans, as the demons’ words all but slither across the page.
We Have Demons #3 concludes the arc in an action-packed and emotionally charged issue. While there’s no disputing the entertainment factor of the comic, it also holds a deep and meaningful message that connects the reader to the subliminal part of the story. It’s another welcome reminder that Snyder and Capullo should be considered the modern-day tag-team equivalent of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, where only magic happens when their worlds collide.
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