Demon Studies tells the tale of a university where magic and the study of the occult are the norms. We open up with orientation day, where all the students gather together and the teachers give a speech on what they hope for in the coming years. Of course, it wouldn’t be a supernatural school if the first thing that happens is for a few students getting to summon their own demons for an optional class.
Four students step up and four demons are summoned, each one looking completely unique and amazing. This strange class is set up to have the students live with their demons for three years before exorcising them, learning about the demons and themselves along the way. Of course, having a demonic familiar is never an easy thing and only time will tell what difficulties lie ahead for our ragtag bunch.
While the story type isn’t by any means original, what with all the “magic school” stories that are out there, Demon Studies does an excellent job of defining itself straight away as it’s own unique entity. While most stories have the schools follow a strict “keep students safe” rule, this one literally opens up with students doing one of the most dangerous things that can be done in any fantasy setting. There’s a very real danger right off the bat, and it is constantly reiterated thanks to a specific character even though we don’t know his story just yet.
The art style has those same soft and warm colors that can be seen in the rest of the artist’s comics, although in my personal opinion I feel that many leaps and bounds have been made in their abilities since I last read Lost Nightmare. Everything has this polished, well thought out design and nothing ever looks stiff or slow. The lines of action are well done, showing the illusion of movement very very well, and the tone of each scene is always perfectly conveyed.
Demon Studies is still in its early stages, only having the first chapter completed with the second barely started, but I know for a fact it is going to be well done no matter what. Give it a read, tell me who your favorite demon is!
And, as always, I hope you enjoy as much as I do.
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