Issue by Issue – The Son of Satan #3

Writer – John Warner
Artist – Sonny Trinidad
Colours – Phil Rachelson
Letters – Denise Wohl

The first story arc in Daimon Hellstrom’s ongoing title comes to a close and does so with a bang as The Possessor looks to invade Hell and overthrow Satan to become its new ruler. One immediately has to think about the gall the man has, believing that he has what it takes to overcome a being as strong as Satan. Yet, with the power of Daimon Hellstrom on his side – the literal son of Satan himself, there is a slight chance that he might be able to do what he boasts. John Warner, the author of this tale, packs it full of drama and theatrics as The Possessor sets out to complete his quest. A lot of boasting, displays of power and the man quelling any attempt at rebellion by the possessed Hellstrom are put on display throughout the story and it does show the reader that the Possessor is a force to be reckoned with. When it comes to Satan though, the Lord of Hell is no slouch and it is not too soon that the two nearly come to blows, before the Possessor is soon defeated and not by Satan’s hand, but by him whom he thought already beaten. Illustrating this tale once more is Sonny Trinidad with a little help from Phil Rachelson and they litter nearly every page with action as demons battle Nightfire – the Possessor’s unwitting slave while the master sets out to destroy everything in his path. Despite the book being about the Son of Satan, he makes only a very small appearance towards the end of the title, yet it is Hellstrom that turns the tide causing the Possessor to lose. Warner also includes a resolution to the storyline involving Nightfire, the Native America who remains permanently changed due to the Possessor’s machinations, but who has now regained his sanity and sense of self. Where the book goes from here is currently unknown, but one thing that remains a guarantee is that Satan hates his son and his son definitely hates him. While the two might have fought for each other against a common enemy, that by no means makes them allies or any less a foe.

3.5 out of 5

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