★★★★ 4 Stars
Full Title: The Damned, Vol. 1: Three Days Dead
Genre: Horror / Mystery
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date: April 20th, 2010
Bizarre occult noir at its best with sleek, chiaroscuro art. A mobster who is cursed to always be reanimated after he dies is caught in the midst of a gang war between demons.
The Damned is a creative cross-breeding of lurkers in the dark, 1920’s gangster film aesthetics and a grungy urban underbelly. The mystery is fast-paced and intriguing, if a little disjointed – at first it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on, but this smooths out nicely and in short time.
I love especially how it’s drawn, notably the scene where Eddie meets The Worm in the sewer. The art is clean-lined yet gruesome, and is reminiscent of old-school American comics.
There isn’t much bad to say, but like I mentioned, early on the story and figuring out who’s who is mildly confusing.
Art – 5/5
Story – 4/5
Characterization – 4/5
General – 4/5