Series: Death Vigil #1
Published: October 14th 2015 by Image Comics
Genres: Graphic Novels
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Death Vigil is a graphic novel by Stjepan Šejić about the Grim Reaper and her army who fight against a great darkness that threatens our world. Stjepan Šejić is the same author who wrote Sunstone, and I’d been itching for a chance to try some of his other work. Death Vigil does not disappoint.
The book largely alternates between two main characters. Sam joined the Death Vigil after sacrificing himself to prevent a crime. He’s a good fighter, strong and loyal, albeit somewhat traditional–pretty much your typical paladin. And then there’s Clara, whose asshole boyfriend tries to sacrifice her in order to perform a ceremony to bring back his dead father. Clara’s life up until this point had been pretty lonely, but in joining the Death Vigil, she finds a family. And that sense of finding your people is one of the themes in Šejić’s work that speaks to me the most.
If you like gothic vibes, fights against eldritch beasts, and dad jokes, then Death Vigil is a great choice for you. The art is stunning, the character development is nuanced, and the story sucks you in from the very first page.