It is always easy to doubt artist-turned-writers in the comic book world, so it's easy to understand why I went into Death Vigil with much trepidation, but Sejic has quickly won me over. Unlike many of his contemporary predecessors who couldn't seem to translate their talent for art into words, Sejic does a wonderful job giving life to his characters and world not only through images, but via his pen as well.
Death Vigil is a story about supernatural beings who used to be human, but are now tasked with guarding our world against necromancers and the evil that they would try and harness for themselves. This story introduces us to the primary Vigil members, Death and Digger, as well as tells the story of a girl named Clara, who by the end of this issue will join their ranks. We're introduced to the process of how people become members of the Vigil, what it is they are fighting (and fighting for) and how they relate to each other in a world that is like our own, but at the same time, very much removed from our corporeal reality..
This is a supernatural story full of magic, monsters and ungodly beautiful art. If you are familiar with Sejic's previous work on Witchblade or The Darkness, then you already know what kind of visual feast you are in for here. This is a large, oversize issue, chock full to the brim with lush artwork that I can't imagine comes quickly. With Sejic being the sole architect of this entire project, I hope that this kind of quality doesn't translate into long shipping delays for this book down the line, or worse, a decrease in quality in order to meet deadlines. The hyper-detailed and imaginative word balloons alone are worth the price of admission here.
Kudos to Stjepan Sejic for this issue, I hope he can continue the quality of Death Vigil for many issues to come.