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"Babyteeth #15" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by AfterShock Comics


Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Garry Brown
Colored by Mark Englert
Lettered by Taylor Esposito
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 7th, 2019


Some people have horrible fathers. Clark may have the absolute worst one...or does he? A war is raging between Heaven and Hell and this poor kid and his family are stuck in the middle. Sadie and her father have come all this way to save him and they're not going to give up now. They're not about to let a few angels and demons stand in their way.

Reviewing horror comics has shown me many different interpretations of Satan. The one in Babyteeth #15 just might be my favorite. He's shown as a manipulative, arrogant teenager/early-20s kid. He knows that he has an incredible amount of power in this place and he's not afraid to use it to his advantage. This is the kind of guy that would cut you off in traffic in a Jeep Wrangler, brake check you to get into an accident, then sue you for rear-ending him and giving him whiplash. Despite this, I kind of love him.

There's something about writer Donny Cates interpretation that is oddly charming. He pulls you in as there is clearly more going on than what is immediately apparent. This is the Prince of Lies after all. This young version almost appears innocent at times, which creates all kinds of weird feelings. The thing about this is that he even tells you to your face that he's a liar, but you still want to trust him.

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Artist Garry Brown has a real talent for facial expressions and that definitely extends to Satan. Sure, he's probably...err, definitely a jerk, so is it weird that you'd hang out with him if given the chance? You know he probably gets into the best parties.

Where Brown's work really excels in Babyteeth #15 is the action scenes. There are a few double-page spreads that show the vast size and scope of this war between realms. If this is what the Bible is like, I'm totally going to read it. Since this is the afterlife, both sides call upon tons of dead people to help out. There are soldiers from all eras battling crazy looking demons.

Colorist Mark Englert fills the skies with fire and brimstone. The place explodes with reds, yellows, and oranges. You can practically feel the heat radiating off of the battlefield, adding to the intensity of these scenes. It's interesting to see how the forces of Heaven and Hell clash in a burst of energy. The light of Heaven meets the fires of Hell in an epic collision.

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Babyteeth #15 builds and builds to an impressive climax and an even more impressive epilogue that is sure to rocket the series into some terrifying new directions. What really sets this up is the compelling character work. We are so invested in the lives of Sadie and her family that this life and death struggle consumes us. We knew going in that there was a good chance that they wouldn't all come back out. The results hit like a punch to the gut in a powerful and emotional scene.

Letterer Taylor Esposito adds to this with some bolded text and word balloons that amplify the energy of the scene. When someone screams in battle, you feel it. You understand completely what they're going through and the terror they're feeling.

Babyteeth left me with my jaw on the floor with this issue. I cannot wait to see what comes next in this amazing series. It sets such a high bar in scares because of the time the creative team took to develop the characters. I read this book with anticipation and trepidation, as I'm worrying what will happen to Sadie and her loved ones. This poor girl just wants to raise her kid. Is it her fault that he's the Anti-Christ?


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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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