Ava’s Demon: Reborn

Image Comics/Skybound Comet. (Ava’s ­Demon: Bk. 1). May 2023. 286p. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9781534324381.
Gr 7 Up–Ava has more than one demon in her life: her own metaphorical demons, and also a literal one, the vengeful Wrathia Bellarmina. Mentally beaten, ostracized, and at odds with this spirit that haunts her, the copper-skinned girl finally accedes to an alliance after deciding she does have one desire in life. But to get it, she will have to enlist those implanted with the souls of Wrathia’s warriors to fight the immeasurably powerful Titan. From the timid Ava to the faithful Gil, each character has a distinct palette for their model and speech bubbles that reflects their personality. On top of this, the Fus takes great care to “spotlight” the doll-like character designs with contrast techniques, effectively zoning in on the cast’s actions and reactions. This first print volume of the multimedia webcomic, which includes some animations and music online, grounds its stakes in its mesmerizing painterly visuals and psychological themes. Then, it amplifies readers’ interest with a movie-scene flair, regardless of whether the cast is combatting an intergalactic cult, or a character’s own insecurities.
VERDICT This graphic novel series is brewing a potent fairy tale-esque potion of phantasmal illustrations and fractured characters seeking their desires.

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