Black Kiss II #4 Review

This sexually depraved but nonetheless engrossing romp continues, but is is starting to lose steam?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Image:

Our spiritual twins, united by a bridge of flesh, careen through Mardi Gras in 1962…

…And a mirrored ball is all the light Beverly needs as New York goes pitch black -with a smear of red – in 1977.

Every once in awhile there’s a concept that simply works so well it invites repeat performances.  We’re given a unique angle on a character that’s really never been explored and if a creative team truly delivers the results can be quite exceptional.  Black Kiss II, is certainly a unique experience but it’s not quite living up to that very hard to reach standard.  Instead, what we have here is a well put-together story that seems to be losing some of its gumption.

Howard Chaykin tackles the script and the author again delivers a strikingly intense tone.  The inner-dialogue ebbs and flows with a darkness most creators strive to steer clear from in order to maintain a level of likability with their protagonist, but that’s not the case here.  We’re basking in the sordid and terrible aspects of human depravity as we find our monster going through lackeys rather quickly.  The end result is another compelling pair of tales that feel all too familiar.  It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination but the mini-series is starting to lost some of its steam.

Howard Chaykin once again tackles the art.  As per usual the resulting stylized black and white visuals are extremely solid.  The individual players are handled well for the most part but there are a few hiccups here and there, as facial deformities deflate some minor moments.  However, the backgrounds are lavishly detailed and beautifully structured in a way that will excuse any design missteps.

Black Kiss II #4 is another chapter in the somewhat repetitive but nonetheless engaging life of a succubus.  Recommended.


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