The Possessed

July 26, 2004 | Trades


The Possessed
Geoff Johns, Kris Grimminger
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$22.95/$14.95 US (Paperback)
*** (out of five)

It seems like everybody’s doing a horror comic these days, so why not let one of the comic book industry’s best and brightest take a — pardon the pun — stab.
DC Comics writer extraordinaire, Geoff Johns (Flash, JSA, Teen Titans), gets off the superhero beat for a while with The Possessed, the story of a group of recovered former Linda Blairs who were either so shaken or angered by the experience that they’ve banded together to keep the hordes of hell from doing it to anyone else.
This book is part — obviously — The Exorcist, part Aliens and you can even catch a little whiff of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the brilliant book, not the vapid film).
Some truly disturbing demonic interpretations by artist Liam Sharpe, mixed with a little cat eating and projectile vomiting show us a much darker place than Johns has ever taken his readers before.
A tad preachy at times (what else can one expect from a title with such deep religious overtones) The Possessed is an interesting allegory about the place of faith and sacrifice in the modern age. Oh, and it’s a demon-stomping good time.

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