Daisy is a modern mystery with a heavy dose of mythology, horror, and most surprisingly, coming-of-age drama. The creepiness factor is apparent in the opening pages, where a shockingly tall yet physically-challenged young woman is leading a very unorthodox Bible study with a group of small children. What follows is a chilling sequence depicting scenes from a seemingly forgotten book of the Bible, which ultimately sheds some light on the mysterious and, dare I say, sinful origins of our title character.
This book concerns the Nephilim, a race of giants born of the unholy union between fallen angels and humans, with whom the angels co-existed (and apparently got down). The leader of this flock, Daisy Phillips, appears to be one such creature, towering over both child and adult alike, and exhibiting strange abilities. Following these harrowing scenes of carnage and destruction, we are dropped back into modern day as a mother’s search for her long-lost son leads her straight to the strange town of Brimount and sets her on a collision course with the enigmatic Daisy.
Daisy is a trip from start to finish. Creator Colin Lorimer delivers a haunting take on the “sins of the father” concept in both a figurative and literal sense. Rooted deeply in theological legend, Lorimer has built a world that is grounded in such a way that the fantastic elements seem as real as anything. Our lead character Lindsay is tragic, yet relatable, while Daisy’s motivations are kept close to the chest for now. He builds the tension nicely, spinning two narratives that ultimately converge in an unexpected moment that borders on shock value but provides an emotional punch that will leave readers reeling in anguish and anticipation for the next chapter.
Lorimer’s art is perfectly in sync with his writing; his realistic approach to the characters and locations never feels less than believable. This style gives the quieter moments a naturally tense feel while the heavier moments, including the grotesque Biblical flashbacks, are comparatively more intense and horrifying. Plus, Joana Lafuente’s and Anita Vu’s colors add even more layers of beauty to the horrifying carnage. Finally, Jim Campbell’s lettering is perfectly suited to the story’s tone. All in all, Daisy #1 is a fantastic first issue from a talented creative team.