Lucas Stand #1

Lucas Stand is a military vet who can’t reintegrate into society and has emotionally cut himself off from the people he loves. At his lowest, Lucas does something he can’t take back. Hell comes calling, offering him the opportunity to make things right. Demons escaping Hell are upsetting the balance of evil, and now Lucifer has recruited Lucas to send them back.

It doesn’t matter in what era the demons escape-World War II, old-timey Hollywood, Vietnam, present day-he must learn to fit in both the past and the present. Given new purpose, Lucas starts to rebuild himself and his life, even as he struggles at the human cost that comes with it.

Being a newcomer to this character, I was really impressed with how smart and inventive this first issue came off.  Generally, I’m not much of a fan of unlikeable anti-heroes, but Lucas kind of found a place in my hero, perhaps because of how unreal a situation he found himself in after trying to put a bullet in his brain.

First off, he comes down to the end of well, everything when realizes that his body is all used up, as are his options.  Then, out of nowhere, comes a second opportunity to serve a cause by hunting down demons throughout history, but it seems he’s once again just been set up to fail.  Sutter and Kittredge spin a deeply wonderful love of betrayal of their main character right from the start, pulling the reader in to experience every bit of Stand’s frustration.  I just couldn’t love this script more.

Jesus Hervas serves up an equally exciting book of art with absolutely no missed opportunities at all. When the book opens up it looks and feels like a sad, misplaced noir book with rough textures that capture the hopeless aspect of the main character’s mindset.  Once panel in picture shows the reflection of Lucas’s eyes in the rear view mirror that captures every iota of Stand’s frustration in just his eyes.  It’s a feat that few artists can pull off well.

From their the reader is catapulted into a world full of demons and time travel, brimming with plots and betrayals within betrayals.  Stand never gets a single moment to catch his breath before he’s thrown into yet another conflict or cryptic conversation until he’s not sure who the angels and devils are.  Or are they all devils?  Beautiful work that put me in my of Kubert.

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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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