Advanced Review: Malevolence


Review by David Ferguson

Art by John Quigley
Written by Hugo Boylan
Colours by Dearbhla Kelly
Letters by Kerrie Smith

The creative team has attempted something interesting with this book. Set across three decades, the story has a different colour assigned to each of them. I found myself taking some notice of this at my first read-through but at the second, taking more note of the colours, the story pulled together and made more sense to me. I think it is the first time I have seen colour used in this way. Unique or not, it is a creative plot device. You could say it replaces panel descriptions or a narrator setting the scene. The colour basically tells you where you are. Writer Hugo Boylan has a knack of coming up with interesting stuff. I think this is the first full length comic work I’ve seen from John Quigley or Dearbhla Kelly. John does an excellent job of bringing a creepy feel and creating the important facial expressions which are a vital part of this psychological story. As previously mentioned, colour forms an important part of the narrative and Dearbhla Kelly does a brilliant job of using the colours assigned to each decade without making them too overt. Kerrie Smith’s spooky lettering of the voice of “the malevolence” should not be overlooked as she brings a menacing touch to the villains of the piece. Each member of the creative team has upped their game with this book. Another excellent book to pick up at a competitive Dublin Comic Con.

The Malevolence goes on sale at Dublin Comic Con (August 6th and 7th).