The Devil You Don't Know

An article by, Aaron Burton

Human's subjective experience can make morality a tricky topic to study. We all have different thresholds for what we consider to be good or bad. Our behaviors and decisions are based upon our combination of experiences and beliefs. Cultures can be shaped by moral philosophy with most having symbols of moral duality. Mythology and religion offer many figures representing moral philosophy. Popular culture and media also offer an endless variety of heroes and villains. What happens when the grey area allows these symbols to intertwine?

The Devil in Disguise is written by Matt Garvey with art by Robert Ahmad. The series currently has one issue and premiered on February 14th 2018. The book is published by LabRat Comics. The Devil in Disguise is a supernatural superhero story.

After a night of drinking, Nate finds himself on the subway. He is approached by a distressed and bleeding pregnant woman. Nate's  attempts to help are in vain as the woman begins to shapeshift and merge herself with him. Nate wakes up the next morning being possessed by the devil himself who promises to make Nate a superhero.

This story hits all the right notes of a first issue. Some creators will make their first issue very mysterious and rely on the reader's curiosity to keep them reading. This can be a deterrent for some of us as it can be hard to stay intrigued about a story we know nothing about. The Devil in Disguise does a great job of sinking the hooks in while wasting no time getting the story going. The issue starts off with some action, then spends time world building and kicking off the plot. By the end of the first issue I had enough backstory and have a good idea of where the main plot is beginning.

The art in The Devil in Disguise is realistic and full of heavy lines. The style seems reminiscent of comics of the past. Ahmad made a creative choice when coloring the book. The entire book is colored with white and shades of orange. The lack of grey scale gives the book a very bright appearance. The only other colors in the book come in the form of blue and green action text. This style gives the book a consistent tone with room to let action text to place visual emphasis.

I am excited to see plot developments in The Devil in Disguise. How can a man possessed by the devil be a superhero? It can be hard to imagine a story where the embodiment of evil is fighting on the side of justice. Maybe the devil has turned a new leaf, or maybe he has a more complicated plan in the works. I can't wait to find out. The Devil in Disguise is available on Comixology or through Matt Garvey directly.

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