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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sheep Comic Review: Kiss Me, Satan #1

Kiss Me, Satan #1 (Juan Ferreyra variant cover)

Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Cover Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Genre: Action/Adventure, Crime, Horror
Publication Date: September 18, 2013
Dark Horse
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC:7 61568 23081 9 00121
Cassian Steele is the boss of the werewolf mafia in the Big Easy, and he’s got a problem. The old witch Verona knows his secret and has gone into hiding. Cassian wants her dead. So he sends out the word: An open contract. The first monster to dust Verona gets a big payday. What no one realizes is that Barnabus Black, a demon desperately trying to regain his halo, is her protection.

* Featuring covers by Dave Johnson and Juan Ferreyra!

* By Victor Gischler (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike—A Dark Place, Punisher MAX, X-Men) and Juan Ferreyra (Colder, Rex Mundi)!

"His art reminds me of Clive Barker at his best. Things which disturb you on a deep, psychological level. Beasts which have too many eyes or hands. It always warms my black heart to see new monsters, and Ferreyra draws the best I've seen in many moons."
- Adventures in Poor Taste

Cover by Dave Johnson
The Dark Horse team have themselves a new urban fantasy on their hands, here. Or maybe it's action/horror. Ah the heck with it. Whatever it is it's got Victor Gischler writing it, and that ain't not bad.

Set in New Orleans, werewolves run the town and the family who runs them all has just received some ominous news concerning the impending birth of the would-be heir to the empire. The news and its consequences threaten to send the town into chaos, and it's up to Barnabus, a fallen angel turned gun-for-hire, to protect the coven of witches who delivered the band news, while avoiding some demonic secret agents with some very big chips on their shoulders as well, and hopefully earn his way back into Heaven.

The blending of genres winds up working really well. Nothing gets pureed into gray goop, it all keeps enough original color with sleazy gangster wolves and cigar-chomping cherubs. This first issue sets the tone almost immediately and offers a wild conflict from the get-go, while holding promise of some interesting twists to come in the next four issues.

If I have a criticism about the issue, it's what I felt was some uneven artwork. When at its best, the lines were crisp, the colors vibrant, and the action practically leaping off the page. But there were some weaker panels, I thought, that felt murkier with character depictions. Still, not to a terribly distracting degree.

A helluva debut for Kiss Me, Satan.

4 Sheep

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