"The Devil Inside, Conclusion: Exorcism"
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artists: Darick Robertson (p), Wayne Faucher (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
As the young child who is currently playing host to a trapped demon is brought to a gathering of power hungry individuals who are looking for the power that will be unleashed when the final demon is unleashed, we see Nightcrawler and the X-Men arrive to bring an end to this evil ceremony. While they arrive too late to prevent the demon from being unleashed, they are able to save the child's life, and Amanda Sefton comes in to bring the demons under control.
While I rather enjoyed this issue, couldn't help but notice that Nightcrawler is left with precious little to do in this final issue, as he's little better than a bystander while the heavy lifting that defeats the villain's plan is carried out by other characters. Still, while I would've enjoyed a greater role for Nightcrawler I have to say Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa does a nice job of making use of his guest-stars, as there's a great little scene where the young child is spared a decidedly grisly fate through the clever use of Kitty's mutant ability. I also enjoyed the dramatic entrance that Amanda Sefton makes into the story, as while it's a rather hurried resolution, it's also a novel solution to the crisis. The issue also manages to do a solid job of keeping the readers on the edge, as there's several moments in the issue where I was left wondering how the heck would Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa write his way out of the corner he had just backed into, with the scene where the demon begins to emerge from the young child being a particularly harrowing sequence. The issue also does an effective job of wrapping up all the loose ends, as Dr. Childs offers up a delightful villainous rant, and he also meets with a properly gruesome end, that nicely sells the downside of entering into an alliance with a demon. Still while this was an enjoyable finish with a couple clever bits, it would've been nice if this issue had given Kurt a little more to do besides watching the events play out.
Darick Robertson turns in some lovely work on this issue from the wonderfully ominous mood that's established in the opening pages as Seth discovers Dr. Childs is not a very nice man, to the sheer visual impact of the reveal shot where we see the thirteen demons waiting to be unleashed upon the world. The art also does a nice job of the scene where Nightcrawler's presence at the ceremony is revealed, and the scene where the knot is severed & the demon begins to emerge from Seth is a wonderfully intense looking sequence. The one page shot where the demon is fully unleashed from Seth was a impressive looking visual, and the scene where Dr. Childs is torn apart is quite unsettling. We also get another great looking cover image from Greg Land, and I have to say out of the four we've received thus far this one stands up as my personal favourite.
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