Vanglerton’s denim industry is on the decline – but the town’s murder rate is most definitely up, thanks to a few notably gruesome killings that wouldn’t seem out of place in a slasher flick. There’s a killer on the loose, but could the person responsible be the hilariously inept Denim Devil – or is there another wannabe Jason Voorhees in Vanglerton?

The first issue of The Denim Devil was a great exercise in subverting expectations; the unofficial slasher movie rulebook that states that sex or overt sexuality equals death was torn up incredibly fast – and the surprises just piled up from there.

The slapstick and gross out humour continue in issue two as well, with – amongst other amusing moments – a gaping wound that just won’t behave itself.

There’s a deeper look at the Vangler family here too, as the veil covering the town’s powerful family is lifted for at least one character in the story.

Writer Zach Carter and artist Jared Yanez have put together another superb opening issue here. The dialogue is brilliant, the art suits the off kilter gore and blackly comedic tone perfectly.

There’s some incredibly intriguing stuff going on in The Denim Devil – and with the cliffhanger at the end of issue 2, it’s going to feel like a long wait before I return to Vanglerton to continue seeing the story unfold.

There are numerous ways to purchase The Denim Devil #1 – either digitally or in very limited physical form – check out the comic’s website here: Issue 2 will be available on 11th January 2023. Many thanks to writer Zach Carter for providing me with a copy of The Denim Devil #2 for review purposes.

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