Julian Robinson summons great art with Demon Kings webcomic
In 1954, as the civil rights era was still picking up steam, a whole new race came to Earth: demons. President Eisenhower announced the arrival of these beings, which called themselves Oscurans, and told Earth’s citizens they had come in peace in search of a better life. And the planet hasn’t been the same since.
This is how the new webcomic series Demon Kings opens, and as the black-and-white comic is nearing the 30-page mark it’s time more people get to know it. Created by virtually unknown writer/artist named Julian “JR” Robinson, Demon Kings lives up to the fiery promise of its title while also telling an ambiguous and un-preachy story of racism. These demon-esque Oscurans are dubbed “Ooks” by the more hateful humans, but from what’s been shown they’re just trying to get along. At the center of this is the human-looking Oscuran who goes by the name of Cody Douglas, a detective in the joint-human/Oscuran military force and someone assigned to look into an attack on a police officer that has apparent Oscuran marks on his body.
I only lucked into this amazing looking webcomic after scanning deviantAART and finding the artist’s page, but Demon Kings looks like it could be the beginning of something special. Here are several pages from the first issue. If you like them, follow on to the Demon King website to read more.