Comics: Demo #1

Demo Vol 2, #1
The first maxi-series titled Demo, brainchild of indy superstars Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, was a fantastic collection of one shots, detailing the trials of “real life” characters having some sort of paranormal power. Basically, an indy take on mutants. And, for the most part, it was great. There were perhaps one or two issues that didn’t really capture me the way the rest of the series did. Sadly, with the inaugural story of this second volume, this issue is one of those. Becky Cloonan’s artwork is, as always, engaging and dynamic..but Wood’s story hinges on the ending; the answer that the main character is seeking. Which, from the beginning, seemed obvious and, if I may, a bit “been there, done that”.

And an argument might be made that it’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Not in this case, I’m afraid. It’s a one-shot and therefore the story isn’t really given any room to breathe. Joan’s recurring nightmare, her increasing obsession over that nightmare, the fact that she’s been up for 9 days straight. None of that is really FELT, it’s just SAID. So, while this story is too quick to really get involved, it also would have been a shame to give it any more definition since the ending was obvious from the beginning.

However, I’m still very optimistic about the rest of the series, I just wish this issue had been placed somewhere in the middle of the series, as it wasn’t the best one to start off with.

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