Demeter #1 (Ink&Thunder/Becky Cloonan/Comixology)


Rating:  4/5 – How far are you willing to go for the one you love?

Over the last several years Becky Cloonan has done mainstream comics work (Conan the Barbarian, Northlanders, Batman, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys) along with self-publishing mini-comics.  Demeter follows the loose trilogy of self-published books that started in 2011 with Wolves and continued in 2012 with The Mire. (Note: reading Wolves or The Mire is not necessary to understand Demeter)

Demeter, written and illustrated by Cloonan, is a haunting tale of love and what some are willing to do to hold onto it.  Set on a hill overlooking the ocean, Demeter tells the tale of Anna and Colin, a young couple in love.  The comic is written mostly from Anna’s point of view as she recounts the story of what happened to her and Colin several months prior.  This vehicle for storytelling really brings the reader in much closer to the characters making it more personal and also places you directly in Anna’s head (and shoes) to understand her motivations for doing what she has done.

Demeter’s art is done in black, white and gray tones and Cloonan’s use of blacks and shading enhance the vibe of the story delivering an emotional and eerie backdrop to Anna and Colin’s narrative.  Cloonan’s characters are unique and expressive, and her ability to display emotion through their eyes is something she excels at.

Demeter is a tale that is part love story, part tragedy with some horror and supernatural elements mixed in.  Cloonan has crafted a wonderful story that speaks to the complexity of love and the repercussions of our actions.   I suggest anyone interested in Demeter pick up the mini-comic (which you can purchase directly from Becky) or download the digital version from Comixology.  Demeter at review time is available via Comixology for the low price of $0.99 as are Cloonan’s other books – Wolves and The Mire.

Reviewed by: Jeff Bouchard – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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