Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Comics Review: "Nyx #4" is Another Good Issue in a Really Good Series

NYX #4

STORY: Christos Gage
ART: Marc Borstel
COLORS: Jordi Escuin Llorach
LETTERS: Taylor Esposito
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Rose Besch
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Rose Besch; Fernando Dagnino; Greebo Vigonte; Giuseppe Matteoni, Ken Haeser; K Dani; Mel Rubi; Jimmy Roxton
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2022)

Rated T+

Nyx created by Tom Sniegoski and Ed McGuinness

“Deranged Tales”

Nyx is a Vampirella comic book character.  She is the daughter of Chaos the Mad God and a human woman, making Nyx half-demon and half-human, but she needs to feed on human life force in order to live.  Nyx was created by writer Tom Sniegoski and artist Ed McGuinness and first appeared in Harris Comics' Vengeance of Vampirella #23 (cover dated: February 1996).  She is a longtime enemy and sometimes friend of Vampirella.

The character now has her own solo comic book series, entitled Nyx.  It is written by Christos Gage; drawn by Marc Borstel; colored by Jordi Escuin Llorach; and lettered by Taylor Esposito.  The series finds Nyx dealing with her emerging human side, although her demon side is still powerful and hungry for human life force.

As Nyx #4 (“Deranged Tales”) opens, Nyx is at “St. John's Occult Emporium.”  There, she hopes that the proprietor, St. John, a human sorcerer, will remove her human side – with the help of the powerful occult book, “The Crimson Chronicles.”  But, of course, the eager St. John has plans of his own.

Also, Nyx meets her first Pendragon.  Yes, it's Victoria Pendragon, the great-granddaughter of “Pendragon the Great,” Vampirella's old partner in a stage act.  Victoria is also a hunter of monsters and demons, so does Nyx fit that description?

THE LOWDOWN:  In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Nyx #4, the fourth issue of the series that I have read.

Christos Gage has made Nyx a thoroughly enjoyable comic book to read.  It has lots of dark fantasy action-violence, for those who need that, but the comic book is also more than that.  It seems like a narrative about relationships and about characters getting to know one another, with a mixture of fantasy and comedy.  I find myself interested in learning more about both Nyx and whichever guest pops up in a particular issue.

Marc Borstel's art and Jordi Escuin Llorach's colors strike the perfect storytelling tone for both the series' fantasy elements and for the character drama.  The art is clear and emotive, and the colors make the story hum with magic and feeling.  I implore you, dear readers, to read Nyx.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Vampirella comic books will want to try Nyx.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"


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