Issue by Issue – The Demon #2

the-demon-2Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – Mike Royer
Letters – Mike Royer

Morgaine Le Fey has been searching for Merlin’s Eternity Book, for she needs it if she is to continue onwards with her immortality as without it, she will soon fade from the mortal world. At the moment, Jack Kirby has Jason Blood and an Inspector setting out to stop her, but making it easy on his protagonists has never been something the man has been known for. As it is, Blood runs into a bit of trouble with various minions sent by Morgaine to stop him, but when the Demon emerges, he makes short work of them. Finally running into Morgaine, even in her weakened state, the Demon fails to take her down and is instead, put down himself. Kirby not only focuses upon the hero though, but on the supporting cast who are back in Gotham and worried about their friend Jason, not knowing if he is even alive. Jason meanwhile has come to and finds himself at Merlin’s tomb which is in actuality, the Eternity book itself. It is then that Merlin’s shade appears and warns them that Morgaine has stolen the spell she needs and needs to be stopped before it is too late. Where Kirby had featured a lot of action earlier on in the issue, he ups the stakes even further, the suspense, the tension and the excitement all rising accordingly. While Jason Blood does what he can, he is no match for the creature that Kirby and Morgaine put in his way, a Gorla – servant to witches and it is then that those previously mentioned friends in Gotham sense his trouble, Randu in particular and being a mystic, recites the words to transform Blood back into the Demon. Despite it all, Morgaine has nearly completed the spell she needs and as the flames of magic rise higher and higher, the Demon attacks to explosive effect. When all is said and done, Jason Blood stands amidst the rubble and ruin of it all and wonders if they were successful at all. There are no bodies to be found, Morgaine having been spirited away or destroyed by the blast. At the moment, it is all up in the air and knowing Kirby, there is a very good chance that Morgaine will indeed return at some point to plague them all again. With some truly incredible artwork by Kirby and Mike Royer and a story as exciting as any of the work he has ever done, the Demon continues to thrill in every way.

4 out of 5

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