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"Babyteeth #17" 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
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 5th, 2021


At long last, Babyteeth has returned. After almost two years away, the comic about Sadie, the young woman who gave birth to the Antichrist, is back for its grand finale and it's clear that we're in for some apocalyptic action. While it's been some time since we've last seen these characters, their stories all come rushing back very quickly. Within just a few pages, I was right there with them once again as we prepare for the big finale.

Writer Donny Cates wastes no time in Babyteeth #17, setting up the players for the race to the finish. These folks have been through so much so emotions definitely ride high, especially when Sadie's mother returns. After everything this woman did, it's no wonder Sadie's sister, Heather, wants to shoot her. She comes with a warning though, and it changes everything.

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Colorist Mark Englert gives life to these emotions with some phenomenal work. Most of these pages are tinged in red, showcasing the anger pouring out of Sadie and Heather. It's like the fires of Hell have followed them as a constant presence in their lives. This comes to a head in a monumental double-page spread showing just how far this reach has gotten.

Although they've grown and changed over the course of this series, the core essence of these characters remain the same. Heather is still the tough older sister, looking out for the innocent Sadie. Artist Garry Brown captures this perfectly with some choice shots that really resonate. I particularly like the half-page close-up of Heather's face, mostly shown in shadow as she slowly counts down after her warning to her mother. You can tell she will go through with her threat if this old woman doesn't do what she's told.

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Brown also weaves in some amazing sound effects that are truly part of the artwork. They flow like entities unto themselves in this really organic way. Letterer Taylor Esposito adds quite a lot as well, making sure you feel every bit of anger, frustration, and desperation as these characters bare all with the end game in sight. That aforementioned double-page spread is peppered with small caption boxes of dialogue, each hitting with more impact than the last as we realize the true nature of these words.

You know the story about the apocalypse, right? Four horsemen riding to destroy the world and all that? Well, Babyteeth puts that to shame. It changes the very idea of the Antichrist by going bigger and badder. That, coupled with the terrific character work, has made the wait for these last four issues of Babyteeth worth it. With the stage set, I can't wait to see how this story wraps up. I'm prepared for fire and brimstone, but I'm sure there will be some surprises along the way.


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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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