Daphne Byrne

Laura Marks, 1972-

Book - 2020

"When grieving, support can come in many ways. For Daphne, it came as a demon. Turn-of-the-century New York is a growing metropolis for many, but not for Daphne Byrne. After her father's death, her mother is drawn to a spiritualistic group that claims to speak to the dead. Daphne sees through their act right away, but something from the other side sees her too. Or someone? Daphne finds herself in new company, Brother. He offers support and encourages Daphne to stand up for herself... a...nd to use the powers he has too."--

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Series
Hill House Comics
DC Black Label
Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Horror comics
Historical comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Published
Burbank, CA : DC Comics [2020]
Language
English
Item Description
"DC Black Label"--Cover.
"Daphne Byrne created by Laura Marks & Kelley Jones."
"Originally published in single magazine form in Daphne Byrne 1-6."--Indicia.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
ISBN
9781779504654
1779504659
Main Author
Laura Marks, 1972- (author)
Other Authors
Kelley Jones, 1962- (artist), Michelle (Illustrator) Madsen (colourist), Rob Leigh (letterer), Joe Hill (curator)
Review by PW Annex Reviews

PEN Award–winning playwright Marks's eerie period fantasy, her comics debut with artist Jones (the Deadman series), plunges readers into a gaslamp-era New York City haunted by shadows of death. After teenage Daphne's father dies under suspicious circumstances, her mother becomes entranced by spiritualism in hopes of communing with the afterlife. Daphne suspects her mother's new favorite medium has ulterior motives. Meanwhile, Daphne, cursed with genuine spiritual sensitivity, gets haunted by visions of the dead and of a ghostly "brother" who encourages her budding necromantic powers, promising that "the only way to feel safe is to be a monster." The tale's packed with horror set pieces: séances, Satanic rituals, mouldering cemeteries, and a spiritual underworld of ghosts and demonic entities. But the plot's hard to follow, especially Daphne's hairpin character turn from wary-eyed psychic sensitive to ruthless killer. Jones delivers on his horror cred with creepy mobs of monstrous creatures, but his human portraits are surprisingly uneven, with facial features that sometimes seem to be sliding off skulls. The collaboration feels right on the verge of coalescing into a powerful horror plot before collapsing into mere scares. There's enough moody gothic atmosphere here to satisfy voracious horror fans, but it's not top of the genre. (Nov.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"When grieving, support can come in many ways. For Daphne, it came as a demon. Turn-of-the-century New York is a growing metropolis for many, but not for Daphne Byrne. After her father's death, her mother is drawn to a spirtualistic group that claims to speak to the dead. Daphne sees through their act right away, but something from the other side sees her too. Or someone? Daphne finds herself in new company, Brother. He offers support and encourages Daphne to stand up for herself...and to use the powers he has too"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The voice from beyond the veil...In the gaslit splendor of late-19th-century New York, rage builds inside 14-year-old Daphne. The sudden death of her father has left her alone with her grief-stricken mother. Emotionally adrift and living outside her means, the widow becomes easy prey for a group of occultists promising to contact her dead husband. While fighting to disentangle her mother from these charlatans, Daphne experiences a genuine supernatural encounter--a strange, insidious presence in her own body. "Brother," a charming entity with unspeakable appetites, visits her in her dreams and whispers in her ear. Soon, Daphne is sharing his terrifying power. A demon? A ghost? Her own hallucination? Daphne can't be sure what Brother is or what he wants. And even if she knew, could she stop him? Would she want to? An unsettling, blood-soaked tale from writer Laura Marks (The Good Fight) and artist Kelley Jones (Batman, The Sandman), Daphne Byrne is part of DC's smash-hit Hill House Comics library, curated by Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Locke & Key). Collects the full six-issue miniseries as well as commentary and behind-the-scenes artwork.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The voice from beyond the veil...In the gaslit splendor of late-19th-century New York, rage builds inside 14-year-old Daphne. The sudden death of her father has left her alone with her grief-stricken mother. Emotionally adrift and living outside her means, the widow becomes easy prey for a group of occultists promising to contact her dead husband. While fighting to disentangle her mother from these charlatans, Daphne experiences a genuine supernatural encounter--a strange, insidious presence in her own body. "Brother," a charming entity with unspeakable appetites, visits her in her dreams and whispers in her ear. Soon, Daphne is sharing his terrifying power. A demon? A ghost? Her own hallucination? Daphne can't be sure what Brother is or what he wants. And even if she knew, could she stop him? Would she want to? An unsettling, blood-soaked tale from writer Laura Marks (The Good Fight) and artist Kelley Jones (Batman, The Sandman), Daphne Byrne is part of DC's smash-hit Hill House Comics library, curated by Joe Hill (NOS4A2, Locke & Key). Collects the full six-issue miniseries as well as commentary and behind-the-scenes artwork.