In ‘We Have Demons’ #2 we get to hear from new supporting character, Gus, a demon working on the side of the angels and learn more about the threat facing civilization. Lam Cullen reluctantly joins the team for the sake of her father, but she ain’t a believer yet as the gang head for Norway in another narratively dense, action-packed issue.
If the debut issue of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s We Have Demons was Lam’s issue, then this second instalment is all Gus’s as he takes centre stage and we learn about is past, some 100,000 years in the making. And a character designed to be taken to heart by readers as the most colourful character on the team of Demonslayers heading out for a pre-determined rendezvous point where they hope to find the precious materials to help then continue their fight.
It’s also an issue that continues to play with the theme of faith, but faith detached from any form of organized religion. Faith in humankind, faith in a cause, faith in all shapes, sizes and forms. And a faith in the cause that Lam’s father so much believed and yet she does not. Not yet anyhow.
It’s an issue that balances required exposition – in this case Gus’s backstory and the establishment of the Halo team of slayers – with action and a final plot twist that sets up the concluding issue, all captured in stunning detail by Capullo (and Johnathan Glapion on inks). While a lot of the issue relies on a layout you’ll find in most mainstream comics, when the action takes over on a plane heading to Norway, the choice of varied panel composition and layout on the page helps convey the head-spinning fight scene exceptionally well, invigorating it with additional action.
Of course, colourist Dave McCaig helps in the establishing of mood and setting too, alongside letterer Tom Napolitano, who gives the demons – and Gus in his demon state – their distinct voices. Once again it Napolitano’s skills cannot be underplayed when he has such dense dialogue to match to the artwork without drowning it out. Although Capullo has worked with Snyder long enough now to be able to choreograph his artwork to allow ample room for the narrative.
Snyder includes some nice additional touches to the mythos he is trying to establish, especially around the whole linguistic minefield of swearing. Something Lam is more than happy to use in her own speech. One feels this may come from the father in Snyder and conversations us fathers have all had to have with our own young children. One of a few nice flourishes he brings to another dense and dramatic script.
Another thought provoking and action-orientated issue and out now on comiXology Originals.