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Pilot Season: Demonic

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On January - 28 - 2010

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The next Top Cow Pilot Season entry, Demonic, came out this week. Read on for our thoughts.

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Pilot Season: Demonic
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Joe Benitez
Cover Artist: Marc Silvestri

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When Top Cow announced their plan for the 2009/2010 Pilot Season, I was a little apprehensive. What made Pilot Season so great and unique before, in my opinion, was the fact that it showcased new talent, giving unknown writers and artists a chance to make their dreams come true and work on a regular comic series. Additionally, by having a different creative team for each issue, readers were treated to some truly distinctive stories, like 2008′s Genius and Urban Myths. Now, I’m certainly not knocking Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri, because they’re both talented and respected comic industry veterans. It just seems like Pilot Season was established to highlight some fresh talent.

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I bring this up because while Demonic is definitely an enjoyable read, it was also reminiscent of the last Pilot Season book, Murderer. Both stories feature protagonists driven to kill by external forces, and with the last of their humanity, they make the choice to slaughter those who they feel deserve it–thieves, rapists, abusers, murderers. In Demonic, it isn’t voices that are driving Scott to kill, it’s an actual demon–some sort of hellish creature that appears to him and pleads with him to kill his wife and daughter. This is the only way that Scott can be free of the demon, but he won’t do it. Instead, he can appease the monster temporarily by giving him the souls of others–impure souls. These are not, however, worth as much as the clean, pure souls of his loved ones, and he finds himself having to kill more and more to get the demon off his back.

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Scott’s demonic life is further complicated by his day job as a police officer. This should bring some interesting conflicts to the story if this series continues. Demonic also makes you think about what you would do if you were in Scott’s horrible position. He’s obviously tortured by his actions, and the only good things in his hellish life are his wife and daughter–yet he could be free of the demonic presence by simply ending their lives. He’s no hero, but he doesn’t want to be a villain, either. His choices are limited and he’s damned either way.

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On its own and without the comparisons to Murderer, Demonic is an interesting concept, and I would keep reading it. I want to see where it goes, and if Scott has any chance for redemption whatsoever. He’s not going to give up his family without a fight, but it’s going to be nearly impossible for him to continue living as a killer by night and police officer by day.

Pilot Season: Demonic is on sale now for $2.99.


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