REVIEW: Devil on Her Shoulder – The Bruja is missing (2021)

A Graphic Novel by Cédric Mayen & Sandra Cardona

When a girl is looking for her missing aunt, who just happens to be a powerful witch, who else can she turn to for help than the devil himself? That is exactly what happens in Devil on Her Shoulder – The Bruja is missing when a botched attempt to create a potion of eternal youth results in the disappearance of “The Bruja”, the most powerful witch around. Her niece, aided by all of Bruja’s various familiars and minions, and Lucifer himself is trying to figure out what happened. As we all know, Lucifer isn’t doing this from the kindness of his own heart or anything, it seems he’s somewhat stuck on Earth due to how he was accidentally summoned and fears an usurper will take his throne.

“Hell and damnation! The Bruja is missing! When the most powerful witch alive disappears without a trace, Norah, her 17-year-old niece, decides to investigate. But upon entering her aunt’s manor, she interrupts a summoning ritual and finds herself face to face with the devil… Or half of him, anyway, as he has been cut in two and is now stuck in a pentagram. Unable to return to Hell without Norah’s help, Lucifer agrees to assist her in finding the Bruja—a devilish task when you’re the most feared and hated being on the planet!”

This book is pretty funny, with banter reminiscent of the symbiotic relationship between Venom and Eddie Brock the the recent Venom film. The Devil is basically forced to ride Norah’s back in a backpack since he never fully formed in this world, resulting in all sorts of shenanigans. The artwork is really well done, with fantastical monsters, and weird creatures abound. Care has been taken to create a world similar to many that you would hear in folktales about The Devil, with a modern touch that reminds me of a number of Hollywood films when they re-contextualize places like Hell as nothing more than an evil bureaucracy. the end product is fantastic, and would make a great movie or cartoon series.

This is only the first volume of the story, I am not certain how much there is, but I would definitely like to read more if given the chance. With Halloween coming up, this is an off-beat look at some spooky hijinks with a dash of dark fantasy thrown in, so it would definitely fill that void you might have for spooky stories. I love the art style, and the humor in the book – I’m not sure if its to the credit of the writers or the translator/localizer, but they did a great job.

NOTE: I received a free preliminary, and likely unedited copy of this book from Netgalley for the purposes of providing an honest, unbiased review of the material. Thank you to all involved.

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