Issue by Issue – The Son of Satan #5

Writer – John Warner
Artist – P. Craig Russell
Inker – Sonny Trinidad
Colours – Petra Goldberg
Letters – Condoy

After a strange dream and a real-world explosion, Daimon Hellstrom finds himself the center of attention – something he is not too keen on. Soon enough, he is under attack and it is from a villain who goes by the moniker Mindstar, one of the worst names to ever grace a character in the history of comicdom. What John Warner was thinking when he came up with this is anyone’s guess, though it seems more the creation of a child than a grown man writing for Marvel Comics. Even the look of the villain is ridiculous and P. Craig Russell who is normally quite good about such things, lets the reader down with this one. Thankfully the book is exceptionally well drawn overall, is is only this extremely poor choice of a bad guy that drags the story down somewhat. Such as it is, Mindstar torments poor Daimon – attacking him relentlessly with Hellstrom only barely able to fight back. Soon though, with the help of his Darksoul, Daimon is able to fend off the monster and save the hostage Mindstar resorted to using. For the most part, the tale that Warner and Russell tell is engrossing and action-packed and makes for a good read, with Mindstar being the only weakness present. Additionally, any weakness seen in Mindstar could also be due to the fact that his motivations are still kept a secret, though there is the revelation that there is someone guiding the villain, someone who may end up being the main force behind it all and the real thorn in Hellstrom’s side.  Come the end of it all, this fifth issue was all right, but it could have been better.

3 out of 5

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