I’m easily a fan of futuristic military stories. Back when it was first released I was there watching Starship Troopers as the first movie I saw by myself in a theatre. Demon Archives is a post apocalyptic world that focuses currently on a squad after nuclear war has consumed the world. The raiders in the prologue even seem Mad Max inspired. But they aren’t the main stars, heavy armored battle suit warriors are.
This story is presented with lots of dialogue and information, making it’s updates good and solid to fill you in on the story. Don’t get me wrong, every web comic has it’s style that works for it. Here, Demon Archives benefits from good character development. That and when things do get quiet, it creates a great sense of tension and quiet. The unsettling moments are more emotional when the dialogue tones down.
Action scenes benefit from this treatment as well. The whole comic has detailed visuals, especially in regards to the suits. They’re detailed just enough that I know I wouldn’t want to draw them week after week. However it’s this detail that gives the comic an animated feel. You can almost feel the next subtle movements of the characters in each panel. Motion is captured well, and that’s an important thing since there are times when it’s the suits you’re paying attention to instead of seeing the characters expressions within. However there are times you can see their faces through their helmet visors.
The use of future tech is well done in Demon Archives, allowing for digital visuals and interesting panel configurations. These different ideas are used sparingly and do not take away from the familiar ascetic of traditional comics.
Demon Archives is focused on Tenzin, a soldier returning to the city of Arkjut which is where the original raiding story took place mentioned above. This time, he’s just supposed to be on an easy mission with his squad, but what kind of story would it be if things were kept that simple? He’s also helped by an AI known as Jane who is able to not only give advice, but help with data tasks such as plotting routes. It seems Jane is unique to Tenzin, or at least within his squad.
This is a dramatic ground combat story with lots of information. It’s obvious our own DemonDan here in the comments section has crafted a world he is invested in. His dedication makes Demon Archives a quality story that is well paced. It doesn’t get weighed down in details, there is just enough to bring the story to life. This isn’t a constant action adventure, but rather a story that follows troops in the heat of battle as they progress into the unknown.