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"Babyteeth #14" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by AfterShock Comics

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Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Garry Brown
Colored by Mark Englert
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 16th, 2019


It can be awkward when your father meets your boyfriend, but in Sadie's case it's a million times worse because her baby daddy is Satan. The family is reunited in the Red Realm, but all is not what it seems. Some great emotional moments play out across the backdrop of fire and brimstone as Babyteeth keeps you on your toes.

It hasn't been all that long since Sadie's son (aka the Antichrist) and her sister Heather were trapped in the Red Realm, but time passes differently there. Heather is now a gristled old woman, but she's just as badass as ever. Clark has grown a bit, however he still remembers his mother. The reunion between all these folks is beautiful.

While Babyteeth is a horror comic through and through, the scares take a backseat in this issue. That doesn't make it any less riveting, as we dig into not only some terrific character studies, but some really interesting discussions about good and evil. Let's start with the former.

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As with some of his other series, like Redneck, writer Donny Cates does a brilliant job of creating compelling characters. I am so invested in Sadie and her family that I'm along for the ride for any ups or downs they face. This makes the tear-filled reunion so great because we're right alongside them. It feels so good to see them all together and for a brief moment of happiness after all the chaos they've been through, even though they are literally in Hell.

While all this is fantastic to watch, you never forget that these people are in Hell. Colorist Mark Englert makes the backgrounds explode with fiery oranges and reds. You can practically feel the heat coming off the pages. This contrasts well with Satan's strange yet humble home that looks like something a yuppie in the '80s might live in. It's full of bright lights and average furniture. It's far from a throne built of skulls.

Artist Garry Brown outdoes himself with the design work in this issue. He turns in what is easily my new favorite depiction of the “classic” devil “look” in a hilarious and gruesome image. Satan explains that he looks different to each person, based on what they most fear or desire. The way we see him in the comic is as a red-headed knight in dark armor. He looks almost innocent at times.

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While he may look like a kid, you always remember that he's the devil. There's a great gag throughout this issue as he prepares some food for his guests. I won't spoil it here, but suffice it to say, I was laughing out loud while I was reading it. Every time you think it's over, it gets picked up again and twisted a little bit more. If you like dark humor, you are going to love this issue.

Babyteeth #14 is light on action and heavy on dialogue. Letterer Taylor Esposito guides us through this, putting just the right emphasis on some of the choice parts to drive some points home. There's a heated discussion between Sadie and Satan where the girl goes all out to defend her son and how much she wants to keep him safe. The word balloons frame the panel building to a solid closer that underscores her point 100%.

It can be tough to do such a text heavy issue, but the creative team pulls it off in a spectacular fashion. There is not a boring moment in this book, as I was glued to the page every step of the way. This is an incredible story that has some crazy twists and turns in this chapter. It builds to an impressive, jaw-dropping cliffhanger and I cannot wait for more. I don't know how many ways to tell you that Babyteeth is one of the best comics on the stands today. It seamlessly blends horror, comedy, drama, and more into this amazing package. Buy this book with confidence.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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