Kiss Me, Satan #2: Review

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A coven of hot witches (and their creepy mistress) is desperately trying to out-run a werewolf kingpen. The only person who can save them is Barnabus Black, a fallen angel trying to earn back his wings. While Kiss Me Satan #2 does a stellar job of providing an action-packed issue, it does little in the way of offering characters who make you want to come back for more.

Here’s the official world from Darkhorse:

After an attack from a vampire maid, Barnabus Black and the witches flee their hiding spot in a cheap Big Easy motel. Barnabus says he knows a safe place, and as they cross the historic Garden District Cemetery, zombies erupt from their graves and attack the group.

Here’s the story so far: a coven of witches assigned to herald the birth of a new werewolf prince piss off the Screen shot 2013-10-21 at 8.43.23 PMking when they predict that his unborn son won’t have “the mark”; meaning, he can’t be heir to his father’s dynasty. As a result, the king (a werewolf known as Cassian) has issued a hit on the coven and much of issue #2 concerns itself with the king’s various attempts to slaughter the witches before the news of their prophecy spreads. You’d think writer Victor Gischler would use this as a vehicle for showcasing some empowered women kicking ass and casting spells, but instead the girls take turns striking sexy poses as fallen angel (and generic tough guy) Barnabus Black valiantly protects them. This lost opportunity might be bearable if Barnabus was actually interesting, but Gischler  barely gives the dude any real dialogue — he sounds a lot like an ‘80s action star striving for the perfect one-liner. The saving grace of issue #2 is Cassian’s wife, who takes the king head-on. But her moment to shine is short-lived; she gets nowhere near the airtime she deserves.

Juan Ferreyra’s art is much stronger in issue #2. His lines are tighter, his characters more vibrantly rendered, and his perspectives more daring — he reveals a strong knack for depicting gore. Except for the overly sexually suggestive poses he keeps jamming the witches into, he continues to strive for real emotion in the faces of his characters. And it mostly works.

Here’s the good part: Kiss Me, Satan #2 is a quick, fun read — the narrative arc is tight as a drum. The bad part? Most of the characters are so one-dimensional that readers might not care.



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