Book Reviews

Exorsisters Vol. 1

Exorsisters Vol. 1Exorsisters, Vol. 1 by Ian Boothby, Gisèle Lagacé, Pete Pantazis
Published by Image Comics on April 23rd 2019
Genres: Comics and Graphic Novels
Pages: 120
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

Included in Book Riot's Best Comics of 2018

Did you sign a deal with the devil? Has a loved one been dragged to Hell? Then Kate and Cate Harrow should be the first ones you call for timely soul removal at a reasonable rate. This collection is perfect for fans of case-solving procedurals like
Veronica Mars
, Netflix's
Jessica Jones
, and the CW's
, and introduces readers to the Harrows, who have to deal with the end of the world, fallen angels, demon worshipping ex-boyfriends, and their Mother.

Collects EXORSISTERS #1-5.

Plot: ★★
Characters: ★★★
Readability: ★★★★

Exorsisters is a really fun premise – two sisters work together to help paying customers deal with possessions, exorcisms, and troublesome demons.  Volume 1 contains the first 5 issues, and the story develops quite a long way within just this one volume. Like early Buffy or Smallville, each issue has it’s own monster of the week, with a deeper underlying storyline that runs throughout all the issues.  Without giving anything away, I really like the underlying plot, and am definitely intrigued to see where that goes.

In terms of characters, both Kate and Cate are likable enough, and I’m curious about the mother they have such a fractious relationship with.  The artwork is great, a brightly-coloured cartoon style that is just a lot of fun. The tone is slightly off though – it has a similar feel to Lumberjanes or Zodiac Starforce in a lot of ways, but the content is quite dark at times, and it left me feeling a bit like they couldn’t decide whether to go for a serious or silly vibe. I saw a lot of comparisons to Jessica Jones, and I can see why from the whole ‘PI with a twist’ vibe, but it’s a little more silly.  It’s more like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or Rick & Morty, I think.  It left me feeling a little confused as to who the target audience would be, but if I was recommending it I’d probably pick it out for an older teen.  Overall, I enjoyed it, and if the second book comes up at the library or on a deal, I’ll definitely check it out because I love the concept, but I don’t think I’ll be rushing to pre-order.

Buy it? If you’re intrigued by the concept, this is definitely worth giving a go, but unless I love v2, it’s probably a library borrow for me.
In a nutshell: A slightly weird tone but a great premise and interesting characters.

Other reviews of Exorsisters: Kerri The Book Belle | But Why tho? | Jenn Renee Read

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