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"Hellicious #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Starburns Industries Press

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Written by Alan C. Medina & Mina Elwell
Illustrated by Kit Wallis
Colored by Jio Butler
Lettered by Micah Myers
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 15th, 2018

Review:

The devil's granddaughter, Cherry, wanted a friend so bad. All the humans she was picking up during her job as a reaper would fall apart so easily. She needed someone more attuned to the supernatural. Enter Briggy Bundy. He's a singer in a metal band and all about death and the devil...or is he? Now that he's dead (partially thanks to Cherry), he's freaking out at all the fire and brimstone around him. Oh, and Cherry has to keep him secret from her mom because this isn't exactly the way things are done.

Do you remember Elmyra from Tiny Toon Adventures? Put her in Hell and that's almost Cherry. She's full of excitement and good will, packed in a pint-sized adorable package. She is completely unaware of the carnage she's spread while playing, nor the emotional damage she's doing to Briggy. He's still trying to figure out what's going on and come to grips with the fact that he's dead. Meanwhile, all Cherry wants to do is fun stuff like jumping into a pain tornado or riding on tundra beasts.

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You can't help but get caught up in Cherry's enthusiasm. She's this wide-eyed little kid that's just happy to have a friend. She has no concept for how the world – or rather underworld – really works. Instead, Cherry is focused on having fun, which is something all children are. It's just that most kids aren't walking around Hell itself. This is her backyard and it's all normal for her.

This is shown in not only her dialogue, but her appearance. Artist Kit Wallis perfectly captures that young innocence in Cherry. At one point she gets mad and reminds us of her family tree. She doesn't go full demon, but her shadow does. This is an excellent little detail that makes me wonder if we'll see Cherry grow some horns down the line.

The landscape of Hell is a sight to behold. It's full of insane monsters and so much fire. Hellicious #1 gave us a good idea of what to expect, but Wallis blows it out with this issue. It's clear there's a lot more to explore and a ton of terrifying yet humorous creations at work.

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You can practically feel the heat from all the flames surrounding Cherry and Briggy as they walk through Hell. Colorist Jio Butler does a great job in lighting every scene with the bright intensity of the fire. It creates an ominous tone that contrasts well with Cherry's cheery nature.

The fun of Hellicious extends to the lettering as well. Micah Myers uses this big font that gives off a cartoonish vibe. It's not in big bubble letters or something like that. I can imagine Cherry yelling every word of her dialogue, like she's just so excited to talk to another person and can't contain herself, so she has no idea how loud she's speaking.

Hellicious is filled with dark humor and it's the best kind. Writers Alan C. Medina and Mina Elwell deliver a non-stop assault of jokes and gags that will keep you smiling from beginning to end. This is the spiritual successor to Lenore from Roman Dirge, although filled with far more hellfire.

Grades:

Story: Fivestars Hellicious 2 Cover
Art: Fivestars
Overall: Fivestars

About The Author
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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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