DEMO VOL 2 #3 (OF 6)

Review by: akamuu

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Written by BRIAN WOOD
Art and cover by BECKY CLOONAN

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

In the back pages of this issue, Brian Wood mentions that this is a throwback to volume one of Demo.  I didn’t read volume one.  The first issue of volume two didn’t impress me.  The second issue was very good, but it didn’t make me want to hop on Amazon and order the first trade.  This issue did.

This issue is the prelude to a love story focusing on a woman with severe (although her therapist calls it mild) obsessive compulsion who constantly writes herself post-it note reminders, from the “don’t forget to water the plants” to “breathe, it’s going to be ok”.

In a mainstream comic, this issue would be a neat little prelude to a long romantic story about how a crazy person goes sane for love (or, if written by Garth Ennis, how a crazy person goes sane for love until she catches her tourettes-suffering, WWII veteran, vampire boyfriend cheating on her, and she goes even more crazy and kills everyone with her Razor Sharpie Markers).  Wood and Cloonan don’t need to show us the long term effects of this issue, they’re content to give us this brief glimpse into the protagonists’s life, and move on.

I love that.

I also love how Cloonan is changing her art style every so slightly for each issue.  I love when an artist shows versatility.  And I particularly enjoy the back matter where Cloonan and Wood explain how they came up with the story, and how the story matured from concept to script to finished product.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent

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