★★★★ 4.5 Stars
Full Title: The Damned, Vol. 2: Ill-Gotten
Genre: Horror / Mystery
Demographic: Older Teen / Adult
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date: April 17th, 2018
This series is growing on me like a pair of horns. A more intense brand of darkness than the first volume, Ill-Gotten continues the seedy intrigues of demonic gangsters and a man, Eddie, who is cursed to die and be revived repeatedly, always at the cost of innocents.
While the previous entry was largely backstory and prelude, the second digs its teeth into the rotten meat of the underside, both the writing and characterization more vivid, gritty and gruesomely decadent this go around. Their dichotomous world of wealth and grime is a bit more developed, and the nature of its curses becomes more clear.
The idea is something fresh, successfully intermixing paranormal horror and 1920’s gang drama, and the art is clean and stylish, reminiscent of both classic American comics and the dark, chiaroscuro work of Mike Mignola. I recommend highly.
Art – 5/5
Story – 4.5/5
Characterization – 4/5
General – 4.5/5
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]