Review: 3 Devils #2

The little gypsy girl and the former slave roll into a town that wants neither of them. She needs new clothes and he needs materials to give her family a proper burial. Back in his cabin, the mysteries are revealed to each other. And their plans further on.

Even if the story is a little clearer this issue in comparison to #1, and there is more story inside the pages of this comic, there is still a lot of wasted space. Foreshadowing that is too forced and misses the mark, or too soft and doesn’t know where it’s going. Needless exposition that continues to explain a point that’s already been made. On the other hand, there is now a clear path for our protagonist and her companion, with that thread tied up, the plot is now more straightforward and easier to follow.

3Devils_02-coverI will come out and say it. I do not like the art, at all. It feels sloppy, rough, like it was inked with the techniques of penciling and very rough at that. Some panels are fairly defined while others seem lazy. Half and 3/4 splash pages’ lack of detail that most would have, wherever my eye went I groaned at the simplistic body shapes, backgrounds or expressions. The style resembles one from the pages of Southern Bastards, or the new IDW Judge Dredd series, and it’s one that could have worked with an old western book that aims at the supernatural. None of the grittiness that’s portrayed in those books is here. Instead these are, once more, pages that seems unfinished by main creator Bo Hampton and left to Jeremy Mohler to fix as much as possible with his colors, which are the only good constant in this book. Lettering remains choppy, but not as distracting as last issue, tails going to character’s foreheads or necks, but the main problem which was narration changing colors, and overbearing (still is), now at least it’s confusing for what it’s saying, not who is saying what when?

3 Devils #2 could be an interesting story, but it suffers from its creator’s amateur use of the medium. Every issue I’ve read, I find myself double checking that Indeed it is an IDW title I’m holding, and not a clever indie bootleg.

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3 Devils #2 Writer/Artist: Bo Hampton Colorist: Jeremy Mohler Publisher: IDW Publishing Price: $3.99 Release Date: 4/20/16 Format: Print/Digital