Damned #6 Review: Demons Estrange You from Your Family
We are shown a flashback to the childhood of Morgan and Eddie, and we get more of an idea of what has led to their current lives.
In the present, Eddie requests that Morgan helps them in his latest crusade to bring back their mother. Morgan isn’t having any of it, and seems unwilling to help his brother.
Meanwhile, a demonic crime lord has his sights set on killing Eddie.
Once again, Cullen Bunn shows his fondness for adding occult, demonic, etc. twists to settings and stories that generally go without such elements. In this case, it is early 20th Century gangster culture. Instead of the gangsters being vaguely Italian, they are now demons. I can roll with that.
Damned is uniquely compelling in Bunn’s catalogue for a number of reasons. Firstly, the irony of a grumpy, swear-y drunk with a crucifix isn’t lost on me. Plus, these combined qualities mean that this is a person who will likely fall outside of what is generally expected of a character with either of those qualities on their own. In this case, that is Morgan, and he is the main focus of this issue.
Morgan wins my heart quickly. He is an irritable drunk, but he does have a soft spot for his stupidly impulsive brother. I dig bastard protagonists with soft spots.
I also dig the demon crime lord. He’s obviously a complete monster, but he’s also got a sense of humor, respects his employees, and loves his daughter. It’s weird, unique, and I love it.
Eddie is fun to follow for his self-destructive obsession with resurrecting his mother in his own right. He will really do just about anything to bring her back, and it seems almost pathological for him.
Brian Hurtt’s artwork is great throughout. Each character has a unique and expressive design. The demons look pretty damn cool. A lot of attention is given to the smaller details. Bill Crabtree’s color work is great and balanced, as well. These two give a lot of life and energy to the comic.
Damned #6 is a very compelling mixture of crime drama and occult plotting. It has a great cast of characters, and it has as strong duo of artists. Bunn, Hurtt, and Crabtree do some great work here. I highly recommend it. Give it a read.
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