An Unlucky Schlub Vs. Legions Of Hell: Reviewing ‘Lucky Devil’ #1

by Brendan M. Allen

Stanley’s got it rough. His girlfriend is cheating on him, and not even trying to hide it. His commute sucks. Under-appreciated at his crappy dead-end job. Oh, and then there’s the possession. A malevolent demon named Zed pops in, and while an exorcism technically gets rid of the unwanted spirit, a piece remains. Stanley soon discovers he’s retained Zed’s powers.

And then, Stanley gathers worshippers and forms a cult. As you do. 

There’s definitely a little bit of a supernatural Fight Club/Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde/The Mask vibe in this one, but Cullen Bunn brings a fresh look to a setup that’s been done a few times before. And he’s not stopping here. The publisher’s blurb actually covers just a little bit further down the road than this first issue takes us, and it’s going to take a much less familiar turn in the coming chapters.

Fran Galán’s slightly caricatured style is dark and gritty, and matches the ominous themes beautifully. He also pulls out some slick tricks with the color. Stan’s everyday struggles are drab. Earth tones and cool blues and greens. The murders and gore are bright reds, splattered all over the page. Very effective.

Aimed at fans of The Sixth Gun, Harrow County, and Locke & Key, Lucky Devil is packed with sardonic humor and beautiful gore. Off to an awesome start, and promises to get delightfully weird and gross in the next chapter. 

Lucky Devil #1, Dark Horse Comics, 04 August 2021. Written by Cullen Bunn, art by Fran Galán, letters by El Torres.

Summary

Lucky Devil #1 is dark, gritty, and punched up with sardonic humor. Demonic possession and a bargain basement exorcism gone wrong. Superpowers from Hell. Lots of moving pieces in this thing, and I’m really excited to see where it goes next.

Overall
9.5/10
9.5/10
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