The story of Dorian Gray is a classic that has been reworked and rewritten in a variety of mediums, but this adaptation does more than any other version I have experienced. This graphic novel by Darren G. Davis and Scott Davis takes the Victorian Lothario and brings his story into the modern age. It also blends in supernatural and demonic elements unlike anything I’ve seen before.
The year is 2012 and Dorian Gray is not exactly who you’d expect. An orphaned rich playboy living with a rich family who took him in, learns that there is an entire packing crate that had been lost to time. Dorian has grown up knowing very little about his past and has let himself be fine with that. When he received a letter he learns that his grandfather had brought materials to America that had never been collected and that Dorian needs to get them quickly. As it turns out, this Dorian is the descendant of the original Dorian Gray who had his portrait painted decades ago. Inside this crate, Dorian finds the painting, completely distorted by the actions of this former Dorian. He also finds strange weaponry and a mysterious book. As he tries to understand what was in the crate, he literally finds himself inside the book and learning that the Grays and many other affluent families are connected to demons. These specific demons attach themselves to a family through a totem and that the original Dorian started to fight back. Present Dorian finds himself drawn into the battle, when he learns that a woman he has fallen for is part of one of the many cursed families.
The story presented in this adaptation of Gray is mysterious and reveals a darker side to the world around us. This specific version of the story has also inspired two YA novels by John Garavaglia, these will also be reviewed in the next few days on The Nerdy Girl Express. The demons and energies that surround them are brought to life in the comics by penciler Vittorio Garofoli, inkers Chad M. Stuart and Keaton Alexander Kohl, and colorist Maria Santaolalla. Gary Scott Beatty provides great lettering and the cover for the book, which features a very eerie Dorianesque monster, is by Federico De Luca. If you are a fan of supernatural stories, this version of Gray is something that will be perfect. With the change in time period, this gives a Supernatural vibe, with technology being presented to the demons for the first time. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to sharing my thoughts on the novels with you as well.