Book Review: DmC: Devil May Cry – The Chronicles of Vergil

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Available starting today in hardcover format, The Chronicles of Vergil is the two-volume graphic novel prequel series to DmC: Devil May Cry, Ninja Theory’s controversial reimagining of the popular Capcom action franchise.

As the title suggests, the younger, made-over Dante is not the star of this tie-in comic book (though he does make a fleeting appearance), his twin brother in blue (and black) is. The Chronicles of Vergil begins a few months prior to the events of the game and within the span of around 50 pages or so tells of Vergil’s meeting and mentorship of Kat, the human psychic who helps Dante through his latest video game adventure.

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With Dante locked away in Hellfire Prison, Vergil seeks the aid of Kat to help him navigate the underworld of Limbo so he can locate the prison, rift in and free his jailed brother, humanity’s last hope for defeating the demon forces of Mundus. The Chronicles of Vergil won’t rock you with any earth-shattering story revelations, but it does offer deeper insight into the relationship between Vergil and Kat while setting the stage for the events to follow in an interesting way. If you’ve played the game, the last couple of pages will look familiar as the book’s closing scenes lead directly into the opening scenes of DmC.

Patrick Pion’s incredible artwork is the real star of The Chronicles of Vergil. Everything looks similar to the game’s visual style, but Pion definitely puts his distinct stamp on things to really make the art stand on its own. Given Vergil’s differing choice of favorite color, the ink scheme goes heavy on blues and blacks versus the reds that dominate the graphical palette of Dante’s games.

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The action scenes are particularly eye-popping, most especially the multi-panel spreads that show Vergil whooping demon ass with iconic special attacks like Spiral Swords, Rapid Slash, and even his Devil Trigger. That said, my favorite piece of art in the entire book is a single-panel shot of the Lost City in Limbo, a beautiful scene that provides a brief moment of demon-free serenity.

As video game tie-in comics go, The Chronicles of Vergil is a fun, light, beautifully illustrated book that compliments the source material and expands the narrative with deeper exposition, but does so without making players feel like they’re missing out on huge plot points if they choose not to involve themselves in the story beyond what’s told in the game. The story does jump around a bit and can be confusing to follow in spots, but if you appreciated Ninja Theory’s bold take on Devil May Cry, and you aren’t a new Dante hater, The Chronicles of Vergil is a companion read well worth checking out.

Published by Titan Comics, DmC: Devil May Cry – The Chronicles of Vergil is available now for $9.99.

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