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"Midnight Widows #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

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Written by Doris V. Sutherland
Illustrated by Marcela Hauptvolgelova, Rosie Wigg, and Delia Mihai
2020, 26 Pages

Review:

What happens to Dracula's brides after he's killed? Why, they become monster hunters, of course. Edith, Kateryna, and Gabriela have escaped from their bondage to take the world by storm on their terms. This brings them into contact with all manner of beasts that go bump in the night.

Midnight Widows bounces back and forth between the past and the present. We see the three women as submissive wives, waiting for their master to return and fearful of what he might do to them next, then we jump forward to the modern day where they're fully in charge of their own lives and doing something to make up for all the horrors they faced while under Dracula's control. We're starting to connect the dots between how they went from one phase to another.

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This has a message of empowerment in the story, but it's rather muddled. The women didn't really do anything to escape. Dracula dies elsewhere and then they just walk out the door one day. They didn't fight the guy or do anything to really rebel outside of occasionally thinking what life would be like outside of the castle. This is a stark contrast to the present where they're the masters of their own domain. Sure, they're still vampires, but they kill Nazis and monsters.

The artwork in Midnight Widows is rather rough. Much of this comes down to the designs of the three main characters. Edith is a lithe wisp of a woman who can't seem to wear pants without her vagina practically falling out. Gabriela is more boobs than human. Seriously, I don't know how she's standing upright. Each breast is twice the size of her head. Kateryna is the most normal looking of the bunch.

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Midnight Widows suffers from a trope of some indie comics in that the lettering looks to be an afterthought. I cannot stress this enough: Invest in a good letterer. They are worth their weight in gold and when you try to skimp on it, the comic looks amateurish. The font is way too large and the word balloons take up too much space on the page.

While these modern day adventures of Dracula's brides have a few interesting moments, there's nothing for us to latch onto from a story perspective. The characters don't have much in the way of development or even establishment. They were imprisoned and now they're free, so they've decided to hunt monsters. They could have just as easily started a punk rock band or opened an Etsy shop.

Grades:

Story: twostars Cover
Art: oneandahalfstars
Overall: 3 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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