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Issue by Issue – The Demon #13

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

The conclusion to the Demon’s dealings with the mad scientist Baron Von Rakenstein, also known as Von Evilstein, happens here and it is packed full of the kind of action that only Jack Kirby can deliver. As previously seen, Von Rakenstein’s Monster escaped and the Demon emerged from Jason Blood, despite Igor and the Baron’s best efforts. Now the Monster is caged amongst humanity, trapped while looking for freedom and not wanting to cause violence as some might assume. On their way to the scene are Randu, Harry and the psychic, Janie whom the creature shares a special connection with. Things spiral out of control as the public gets worked up, not just over the sight of the sight of the brute, but of the Demon who eventually arrives, as well as Von Rakenstein and his crony Igor. The story moves quickly, there being no time for respite with Kirby packing the book with scene after scene full of monstrous excitement. The artwork is as excellent as always, Kirby’s pencils looking as beautiful as ever and Mike Royer’s inks strong and sure. This issue also continues to look at the Demon in a different light, one that was seen recently in the Phantom storyline that sees the Demon as a more forgiving and friendly type of beast – one that feels sympathy and wants to help. It is a portrayal that is far removed from when he first appeared a dozen issues ago, merely a monster under the control of Merlin. Now the Demon wants justice for those he feels are wronged and while it is different, it is sort of nice to see, like he is looking out for those he shares a bond with. It does remove a little bit of the horror aspect from the character, but that does not mean that there is a shortage of it in the book, far from it in fact as Kirby knows that horror is what the reader came to see. As it is, the story does not have a happy ending, instead Kirby concluding it as a tragedy where the monster of the tale does not make it out alive. It is a sad moment, but one that finally gave the monster that which he longed for more than anything else – freedom.

4.5 out of 5

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