Rating: 4.5/5 – Hexed is Back and It’s a Hell of a Good Time!
by guest reviewer Kevyn Knox.
An intriguing take on the horror genre, Hexed is the story of Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves, aka Lucifer. Part Buffy Summers, part Lara Croft, the lovely Lucifer (don’t call her Luci) is an expert thief who specializes in stealing supernatural objects. She also acts as a savior for those caught in bad supernatural predicaments. Oh, and she is cursed by an evil witch as well, but let’s not hold that against the poor girl.
Lucifer is the creation of writer Michael Alan Nelson and first showed up in the series Fall of Cthulhu back in 2008 before starring in the first Hexed mini-series in late 2008-2009 with art by Emma Rios. Hexed was Rios’ first work in comics from there she jumped to Marvel and would go on to become one of the hottest artists in comics today with her beyond beautiful art on Pretty Deadly over at Image. Now Nelson is back with a brand new Hexed series. This time around, Dan Mora is taking up the artistic reign, though Emma Rios is provided a cover.
This new first issue throws us right into the netherworldly fray, jumping from one of those aforementioned supernatural predicaments to another, as Lucifer fights for those who cannot fight for themselves. We are given a non-stop adventure tale that jumps from dimension to dimension to alternate planes of existence, and perhaps even Hell itself. A fun story for anyone who digs horror comics, but also for those who do not, for Hexed #1 transcends mere horror or supernatural or what have you, and delves into honest-to-goodness old school adventure comic book goodness.
Michael Alan Nelson’s writing is dead on here, giving his leading lady a cocksure attitude and the charm of your classic rogue-ish anti-hero, as well as setting up some very intriguing foreshadowing elements. Mora’s art, with some really fun supernatural-esqe moments, does work well here, and he could catch on with the comic book world, the same way that Rios did after the first Hexed. Right now, I am just looking forward to what we are to be given in issue #2.
Reviewed by: Kevyn Knox