Review: The Devil’s Red Bride #1

Writer: Sebastian Girner
Artists: John Bivens
Colorist: Iris Monahan
Letterer: Jeff Powell
Designer: Tim Daniel 
Release Date: 10/14/2020

16th century Japan. The fates of warlords ebb and flow like tides of blood, none more than the Aragami Clan who follow their lord clad in the ‘Red Devil’ mask into every battle. But when Lord Aragami succumbs to illness, his daughter, the fierce Ketsuko, hatches a plot to save her people, no matter the cost…

Years later, as Ketsuko wanders the heaving battlefields of her ruined homeland, she discovers a chance to avenge the terrible wrong done to her clan, even if it means stepping back onto a road steeped in slaughter.

From writer Sebastin Girner (Shirtless Bear-Fighter!, Scales & Scoundrels) and artist John Bivens (Creature Feature, Spread) comes a blood-drenched love letter to Samurai fiction in a chilling tale of guilt, trauma, and vengeance.

Since I was young, I’ve had a love for feudal Japan, Japanese culture and history, and definitely a starry-eyed love for samurai. So much so, I read things like the Hagakure purely out of interest.

So, of course, I was stoked with the announcement of The Devil’s Red Bride. It was probably the book I was most excited to get to review this week, because my geeky little heart was excited to see what was within the pages.

I’m absolutely in love with The Devil’s Red Bride. It’s beautifully written, giving me another new favorite character to adore in comics. The story and strength of Ketsuko is so empowering. Everything about her, at least in this first issue, I’m just obsessed with. I cannot wait for more of her story.

And the art is divine. The art is incredible, between character designs, settings, etc. It all feels absolutely perfect and completely got me into the story. But the colors are also fantastic. The tones of everything else on the page feel muted, but the reds are a stunning burst on the page. The blood, the red armor. It’s all so glorious to take in.

Don’t miss out on The Devil’s Red Bride #1 – this book may be one of my favorites of 2020!

-Angel

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