Issue by Issue – The Demon #4

Writer – Jack Kirby
Artist – Jack Kirby
Inker – Mike Royer
Letters – Mike Royer

Once again, Merlin has summoned forth his servant to stop another fiend from killing innocents. Sadly, the Demon has arrived too late to do anything and thus returns home to the residence of Jason Blood where Randu Singh awaits. Jack Kirby presents a different kind of tale with this issue, one that finds many a victim scared to death by ferocious monsters, yet all having one thing in common. Afterwards, at the scene of each death is a furry, little monkey-like creature that seems harmless, yet appearances can often be deceiving as they say. So while Blood and his compatriots try to discover the cause of all the dead men, little do they know that there is a power behind the creature, a power that might be even greater in Ugly Meg and the Iron Duke. Despite the presence of the brightly coloured Demon, Kirby still manages to give the book an undertone of dread running through it from the very start. At first, it seems slightly ridiculous that such a cute little creature could be the cause of all the ghoulishness present, yet coupled with its masters; it is easy to see why. With this issue, Kirby also reveals to the reader that the Demon is always fighting his tethers, not wanting to be trapped and tied to Jason Blood. Whether that means he will one day be able to break the bonds of Merlin’s magic and that he only does what he does because of it and once free will truly become a demon or be trapped for all time, remains to be seen. Another interesting question which raises its head is just why it seems Randu Singh is the only man outside of Merlin who is able to call forth and send back the Demon when needed. As it was raised in this story, in a roundabout fashion that is, hopefully Kirby will address it in the second part next issue as this one was left on a very exciting cliff-hanger.

4 out of 5

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