Issue by Issue – The Demon #5

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

In one corner there is Merlin and the Demon and in the other stands Ugly Meg and the Iron Duke. Both sides are formidable, though the power that Ugly Meg wields surprises even Merlin, for there is no way that she should possess it. Jack Kirby summons forth some horror courtesy of Meg’s powers and it is all the Demon can do to stand upright against it. Soon the two are lured to a castle where Ugly Meg and the Iron Duke have retreated to and knowing that it is a trap, Merlin and his servant go there anyways, knowing that they must put an end to the villains once and for all. With every issue thus far, Kirby has introduced many a fearsome and inventive creature, his imagination running wild upon the page. As the book is filled with and is about magic, there is essentially nothing that the man cannot do and this issue features more of the same, from the first creature that the Demon faces to the last. There is a lot of excitement to be had as the Demon moves from one threat to the next, the danger growing exponentially with each new encounter. The only thing that tends to break the story just a little bit is how ineffectual Merlin seems to be against Ugly Meg. There is nothing to say that Merlin will never face anybody that is more powerful than him, but the man comes with a built-in legend, one that automatically associates him with being the best and the most powerful of all wizards and by default, a man that knows how to handle himself in any type of situation that involves magic and seeing Ugly Meg get the better of him so totally, is a little unbelievable. That being said, it does not necessarily lessen the story so much as Kirby manages to make it all plausible, though if Meg can get the upper hand on the magician, who else might be able to do so? No matter how powerful the villains are though, when up against both Merlin and the Demon, they do not stand a chance. Combining powerful artwork and a great story, The Demon continues to impress with each successive issue.

4 out of 5

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