Demonic #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela Artist: Niko Walter Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 17, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 4
8.4Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Detective Scott Graves will do anything to protect his family... even bargain away his soul. Now, the only thing to fear isn't New York's worst criminals, but what's already raging inside of him. After all, what's the cost of your soul when it's already damaged?

  • 10
    All-Comic - Matthew Strackbein Aug 17, 2016

    Thanks to the writing and art,Demonic #1 is a truly gratifying experience whether you can allow yourself to relax or not.Great book, great team. Dont miss this new series! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Sep 7, 2016

    Demonic shows the lengths a man is willing to go for his family, even if that means submitting to a literal evil and committing heinous acts of murder.   It presents a very real feeling that any parent can relate to.  There is a constant unsettling feeling that permeates throughout every panel, leading up to one of the best cliffhanger endings you'll read all year.  From beginning to end, Demonic is a great read and well worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 22, 2016

    With blood to spare and a strong human element at its center, Demonic #1 is a winner from start to finish. Christopher Sebela has taken the pilot one-shot and completely ran away with. Running along side him are Niko Walter and Dan Brown who nail the both the horror and mundane elements with equal aplomb, making this debut strong not only narratively, but visually. There are many horror books on shelves right now, but Demonic #1 is one that more than deserves your attention. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 16, 2016

    While its ostensibly a series about demons, Demonic actually digs a lot deeper into the helpless feeling of surrendering your own free will and then having to live with the terrifying consequences of your actions. Chilling, unsettling and utterly compelling, Demonic is a story that will keep whispering in your ear long after you put the book down. Highly, highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Jorge Arena Sep 1, 2016

    In Demonic #1 we are brought into a familiar world where hands are pulling people in many different directions. Sebela takes us on an interesting exploration of the mind of those who allow their inner demons to run free. But he balances this with examining the character of someone who will do what they feel is right. There were certain character details that were lacking, but overall the writing was good. Niko Walter and Dan Brown create visuals that keep the your eyes glued to each page. However some of the color could have been scaled back a bit. It was fun to see how a single theme could play out in one issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Aug 18, 2016

    Even with some minor notes in the art, Demonic is looking to be another horror hit from Image. When the 6 issues wrap up, this will make for a nice trade or hardcover to have on the shelf, and Sebela is building a strong catalogue for the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Tom Guilfoyle Aug 22, 2016

    This is a very chilling first issue that creates a mystery that's begging to be solved. These characters have an amazing depth and history waiting to be explored. Sebel writing and Niko's art are the perfect combination in bring this unsettling tale to life. Demonic may be about demons but it delves deeper into the the feeling of surrendering your free will and living with the consequences. A chilling and unsettling ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Aug 18, 2016

    Fans of books like Fatale will want to pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Aug 19, 2016

    DeMeo warned, as she swung the axe, that "That thing you fear in the dark at night? It's always been you." With a shout-out to Faust, Demonicdives into its pactwith the devil, asking us to examine how closely we are intertwined with our latent collective horrors, and how we go about reconciling one evil with another. Existing in the shadows, even the gore is relatively understated, allowing the horror to focus on the unknown and the terror of human potential. If you're prepared to lock your brain into a long, harrowing conversation about the nastier components of the human condition, this book is for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Aug 18, 2016

    Demonic is not going to be for everyone. It is not my cup of tea. However, if you like the tone of Kirkmans creator owned titlesand youve been itching for a retro seventies-esque comic with supernatural elements, Demonic maybe for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lizard Lounge - Trevor Coelho Sep 4, 2016

    With a brisk pace, several twists and a story that looks like it's going towards interesting places, Demonic #1 seems very worthy of your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Aug 17, 2016

    What it comes down to with Demonic #1, at least for me, is that there are just too many books like this coming out that I'm enjoying. This one was unfortunate to come out in the same summer, and at the end of a string of excellent new noir/detective stories kicking off. If you're looking for more of that,Demonic is really quite good. The character work is great, and the plot is pretty cool. The art is a little rough, but for the most part that's pretty solid. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Aug 22, 2016

    "Demonic" is perfect for "Spawn" fans and fans of Image's other recent horror titles. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Laramie Martinez Aug 17, 2016

    In the end, this issue just has too much going on to be considered better than average. It suffers from the age-old problem of trying to do too much in the introductory issue. There are good moments, and if you're a fan of crime/horror and can get past the superhero/supervillain aspects, it provides some intriguing mysteries. Let's hope the next issues will focus a bit more and decide where this character will take us. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Howard Woolfolk Sep 16, 2016

    For all that I found wrong with this issue, one thing will get me to buy at least the next few issues. They spoke of a character called Novo several times in this issue, but didn't really get much deeper into it. That was smart because, at least in my case, what they alluded to intrigued me enough to get me to keep reading so I can find out more about this character. If nothing else, Sebella has me on the leash for at least 2 more issues. If what I'm expecting about Novo is true, I'll continue with this series. If not, I'll have to look elsewhere for my horror fix. Read Full Review

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