If you dug the first issue of We Have Demons gear up as Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo reveal the darker side of their new series this week. We Have Demons #2 reveals more info about Lam’s father’s best friend, who also happens to be a hellspawn. No biggie. It’s an exciting chapter in a series that’s doing some great world-building as it fleshes out what faith means in a world being overrun by demons.
Before you read the issue, make sure to check out AIPT’s exclusive interview with Scott Snyder about this series along with his two other ComiXology titles that kicked off in October.
This second issue ends up feeling like a natural mirror to the first thanks to its focus on Gus and his full backstory. We learn how Gus became Lam’s father’s best friend, how he went from monstrous demon to helper of the angels and his close connection to Lam. This character helps build Lam’s world a bit, from new info about her backstory to her new friend in a world she’s still trying to navigate.
Through Gus, Snyder also reveals a bit about Lam’s father as well as the larger world. We get a clear insight into specific eras when Gus and Lam fought. By the end of the issue, you’ll trust Gus inherently, even though he’s a bit of a threat if someone were to take his halo off his head. There’s a bond that feels earned that’ll allow Lam and Gus to grow together.
One might argue the second issue rockets Lam into a role of an angel a bit quickly — we haven’t yet seen her with her hair down in her natural element — but that speed certainly keeps readers on their toes. Between this and the first issue, the book has centered itself yet.
It’s not all flashbacks and backstory though, as Gus and Lam end up training then later are headed on a plane that gets attacked. The action looks great, with some interesting layout designs at work. Capullo draws a mean demon, along with Jonathan Glapion on inks and Dav McCaig on colors, and he’s a master at giving us enough environment to flesh out a scene. Some well-placed trees or silhouettes of trees add a bit of depth to the training scene, for instance. The angel costume is a bit revealing — it’s basically spandex — but it never feels gratuitous.
Watch out, Spawn — We Have Demons is rocketing its way towards becoming the most intriguing clash between heaven and hell yet. The creative team is doing a great job establishing a believable relationship between two near-strangers while setting up a world centered on faith that makes sense and feels wholly original. It’s a great start that continues in the second issue out this week.
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