Comic Review: White Devil

From the three-man crew of Matt Evans, Andrew Helinski, and Nate Burns comes the four part miniseries, White Devil. Evans describes the series in his own words as “what would happen if Cormac McCarthy wrote an episode of The Andy Griffith Show.” Aside from that brief description, there wasn’t any back story given to the creation of this comic. There wasn’t any information given on who Matt Evans, Andrew Helinski or Nate Burns are or what they do, so one can only assume that this comic is as independent as it gets.

This story starts following Sarah; the typical house wife with a typical loving husband with typical children who all come together to compile the typical working class family. Typically, family life has become stagnant for her, though she just recently found something to break up the monotony of her typical everyday life through means most would typically frown upon.

Sound cliché? That’s understandable. However, to the credit of Evans and Helinski, they do make a good attempt in giving Sarah some sort of individuality. The interactions she has with her family give a decent range of emotion, though still generally light hearted a mild mannered, that show it’s not their fault why she takes part in what happens in the second half of the comic.

The artwork is good, but it won’t blow you away. Though much of it is pleasing to the eye, there are times where it gets mucky and difficult to read at times. The sense of space sometimes becomes distorted and flat, and tactics used to create space and mood is inconsistent. Still, Burns still manages to create pretty pictures that go hand and hand with the story being illustrated. His brush inking shows skill and finesse that fit with the overall tone of the book. Though he didn’t hit the nail on the head it isn’t off target, but the biggest issue with this comic, aesthetically, is its typography. It isn’t pleasant at all and almost unreadable in many different areas, and instead of tearing into it further on how bad it is, let’s just say it’s a prime example on how not to deal with type in comics.

Reading this comic, one would imagine it fits into the horror genre. So if that’s your thing, I’d suggest checking this title out. Even better, if you like really indie comics and supporting the little guys in the graphic novel world, this would be worth a look. You never know. This just might be the comic that puts these three guys on the map, which will make you one of those hip folks that enjoyed their work before it was cool.

Realistically though, it’s free. It’s a free read. You can read this comic right now for free. I don’t know how many times or ways I can say it, but its free entertainment. You, as a reader, have nothing to lose by downloading and reading this comic on its blog site aside from five to ten minutes of your life you may have used watching a youtube video you may or may not enjoy anyway.

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