Sunday, February 28, 2016
Death Vigil: Volume 1
author: Stjepan Šejić
average rating: 4.45
book published: 2015
read at: 2016/02/28
date added: 2016/02/28
'Death Vigil: Volume 1' by Stjepan Šejić is about a group of grim reapers trying to fight off evil. It took a while to win me over, but at 284 pages and 8 issues, it eventually did.
Bernadette is the lead reaper. Her army consists of people she's collected at death. Their enemy are the necromancers, with their tentacled horrors. After Bernadette creates a new Death Knight, they all receive a sort of weapon to use in the war. The weapons all relate to them personally, so one has a pick and shovel, another has a deck of cards, and the newest member has a feather. Discovering how to use them is up to each new Death Knight. They are a close knit family with the kind of secrets that only long term family can have. Some of that may come back to haunt them.
It took me a bit to get into this, but I ended up really liking it. The character interaction was really good, and had enough gallows humor to keep me turning pages. I mostly liked the art, but the characters were drawn a little too perfect to me, but I liked the individual character design. The monsters were actually pretty cool, and I liked the shapeshifting white T-Rex. You'll have to read it to see what I mean.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Image Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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