‘Daisy #1:’ Comic Book Review

From a first read, Daisy comes across as a supernatural thriller with a solid whack of horror. If you’re a fan of dark apocryphal stories (Think the Bible through the lens of Guillermo del Toro.), this should definitely be on your to-read list. Seemingly at the center of the story is Daisy Phillips, a teenage giant who may be a descendant of the Nephilim, the giant progeny of angels and human women. Much of the first issue is exposition heavy, but it still manages to find its heart in the mystery of a missing child and a mother’s quest to find her.

Colin Lorimer is both writer and artist on this book, and his vision is quite enthralling. The script feels nice and tight, and that tension is expertly depicted by Lorimer. The closeness of the opening pages feels both mysterious and foreboding, and Lorimer uses shadows effectively to build up narrative tension in his big reveals. The character designs feel off-putting in the best possible way, with some truly gruesome details. I also appreciated some smaller details peppered in, like what appears to be Enochian script on the cover of the book that Daisy carries.

The colors by Joana Lafuente and Anita Vu do a fantastic job capturing the mood and vibe of the series, using a much more muted and dusty palette for scenes in the present and a much cooler color scheme for the scenes set in the “story.” One particularly effective bit of coloring is the depiction of heterochromia in Bezaliel, making identification easy, even if the context is totally foreign and he hasn’t been named except in the past. Jim Campbell does a great job with the lettering, placing boxes in strategic places that don’t obscure much of the art, despite this being a pretty dense exposition piece in many areas.

Overall, this is definitely a series to keep an eye out for. There are some great ideas in the mix here, and I’m a fan of the tone and aesthetics.

Creative Team: Colin Lorimer (writer, artist), Joana Lafuente and Anita Vu (colorists), Jim Campbell (letterer)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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