Aardehn – Dynamic demon hunting (Note: comic NSFW)


Eric Vedder’s Aardehn follows the exploits of Demon-hunter Celeste Dragoric.  The art is truly stunning and is one of the best looking black and white titles I’ve seen in some time.  Vedder occasionally experiments with coloured pages early on in the series but I think the black and white pallet gives the series greater tension.  Aardehn wears its manga inspiration with pride and the dynamism of the art gives the sense that the page will burst into motion at any time.  The fights scenes in particular are superbly paced balancing perfectly between tension and action.  They are both bloody and stylised.   Vedder also creeps out the reader with a sense of body horror thats just shy of Cronenberg.  The sight of Kuu, Celeste’s demon bursting from her midriff is unsettling.  The demon’s in this title are a queasy mix of Lovecraftian and manga horrors.  Be warned tentacles and teeth abound.  As i warned above this comic is NSFW as there is occasional female nudity.  I personally feel it is not really necessary nad there is only one occasion where I feel it could be justified by the plot.  This is an interesting title and I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

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  1. November 7th, 2009

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