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Death Vigil #2 Review

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Welcome to the Death Vigil, Clara Jenkins!

The Good

Stjepan Šejić's DEATH VIGIL is all about the forces of good trying to protect the world of the living from the forces of evil. It's a totally familiar premise, but Šejić's dialogue and pages are a total joy and the end result is a ridiculously fun issue that'll leave you wanting more. This is a prime example of why immersive visuals and excellent character work is so important.

First and foremost, Šejić does a superb job giving us an emotional link to the characters. They're likable, funny, humanizing, and the work with their various facial expressions adds so much more empathy. It seems like the book is juggling a lot of characters, but the writer/artist is still doing a commendable job giving us a fair look at all of them and what makes them someone we should care about. Honestly, we're just two issues in and I've begun to legitimately care for these fictional beings. They're a lovable bunch and this isn't a series where everyone has the ability to say Whedon-ish banter. They all have funny lines here and there, but it's true to their personalities and they have no problem calling each other out on dialogue that's less than smile-inducing. I can remember at least three times this issue made me laugh out loud, and considering it's so focused on worldbuilding, that's impressive (bonus points for using "noob" in a fitting way).

Šejić's pages are wonderful and oh-so-kind to our eyes. Between the vivid displays of magical abilities, engaging layouts, and impressively rich character work, each and every page has something worth admiring and the artwork does a tremendous job giving this tale a more cinematic feeling. From characters sitting around and chatting to a big battle, it all looks exceptional. I really could go on and on about it, but the praise won't do these pleasing visuals proper justice and you really should experience this visual ride.

The Bad

Šejić's dialogue is enjoyable the visuals are a consistent treat, but the exposition begins to add up. It's creatively used early on (love how the jumping between time periods was handled), but there's a scene where it takes just a bit of a toll on the pacing. Also, this is the second issue and we still don't have a great handle on what the villains are up to. We know about them, but when it comes to developing them, it's mostly teasing. Both of these points are primarily countered by how well-written, gorgeous and fun the issue is, but it's still worth noting.

The Verdict

DEATH VIGIL, you've captured my attention. The characters are incredibly charming, the dialogue is full of fun and laughter, and the overall premise continues to slowly unfold and reveal what makes it special. It would be nice to get a little more of the villains' side of things, but with so many characters on the Death Vigil, it's understandable that Šejić needs to spend so much time with them while also attempting to teach us more and more about this world. I've never been all that big of a fantasy fan, but DEATH VIGIL is impressively entertaining.

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Posted by The Stegman

I trust Gregg more than any other reviewer on here, so I shall pick up this and the first issue.

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Posted by jewunit

How does this comic compare to a series like Demon Knights? I loved that series for its strong characterization and fun fantasy battles.

Posted by Ostyo
Posted by The Stegman

@ostyo said:

@the_stegman: Awwwww, stop it. You'll make Greg blush.

Lol, I can't help it, I've agreed with his reviews more than any other, no offense to the other lovely CV staff.

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Posted by Mekboy

Whoa, Sejic is writing this? I thought he only drew comics.

Posted by Legendary_StarHero

@mekboy said:

Whoa, Sejic is writing this? I thought he only drew comics.

Yeah and he is pretty good at it too.

Posted by akbogert

This book is such a joy. It's basically like getting his Deviant Art profile writ large once a month, with more room to grow.

@ostyo said:

@the_stegman: Awwwww, stop it. You'll make Greg blush.

Lol, I can't help it, I've agreed with his reviews more than any other, no offense to the other lovely CV staff.

Ditto. I don't think I've ever vehemently disagreed with any of his reviews, even the ones I did disagree with somewhat.

Edited by Wyldsong

If you aren't currently reading this book, do yourself a favor and go and check it out today!

Great review @k4tzm4n, and thanks for promoting this book. I want more people to buy it, so they will keep producing it=)

Posted by fables87

Is this a spin-off to something?

Posted by DarkDay

@mekboy said:

Whoa, Sejic is writing this? I thought he only drew comics.

He's a pretty awesome writer. I would check out his deviantArt, there is alot of interesting things there and honestly I just feel like he's an awesome person. I'm excited for Teen Witchblade.

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@fables87 said:

Is this a spin-off to something?

Nope it's a creator own story.

Posted by fables87

@fables87 said:

Is this a spin-off to something?

Nope it's a creator own story.

SWEET! Maybe it the art that made me think that. I want the book though.