Saturday, October 25, 2014

Demonology #14 - Deadly Doppleganger!

The fourteenth issue of Jack Kirby's The Demon brings back one of the series most popular characters, Klarion the Witch Boy, and he's back for some vengeance.

The story begins with a nightmare as Jason Blood in his Demon guise of Etrigan confronts the mult-headed menace of Gargora.

When he wakes from that dream Jason Blood finds Klarion the Witch Boy and Teekl his "cat" familiar at the foot of his bed. Klarion is polite but makes it known he's back from the exile the Demon put him in and he's not too pleased with those who sent him there. He introduces Jason to a zombie and while they have breakfast a whole legion of zombies appear as Klarion casts his spell which creates a duplicate of Jason Blood. Jason and his evil duplicate fight but it all comes to naught as Jason sees that he is slowly vanishing.

Changing into the Demon he leaves his apartment because Klarion has promised to do harm to his friends. The Demon first finds the evil Jason Blood trying to throw Harry Matthews off a building roof and saves his friend. Then he rushes to Randu Singh's house and rescues him from a fire. Finally he heads to Glenda Mark's house but as he arrives the evil Jason is menacing her though the Demon can do nothing as he is nearly disappeared.

Great characterization in this one. Klarion comes across a real menace, one who delights in tormenting his victims. In the Witch Boy, the Demon has an opponent who really seems to be unafraid of him.

More to come.

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