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"Spectress and Sabanion #0-2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Cagey Comics


Written by Kurt Zauer
Illustrated by Sajad Shah and Topper Helmers
Colored by Wesley Wong
Lettered by Chuck Maly and Wes Locher


Every so often news breaks about archaeologists unearthing a new tomb and the world collectively shouts, “No! Don't touch the mummy!” Spectress and Sabanion gives a look at one such version that leads to deadly consequences. The comic follows Aneksi, an ancient Egyptian ghost who once served as Cleopatra's assassin. Now she's working from the shadows to stop a demon from invading our world.

There's a lot to sift through in Spectress and Sabanion's first two-and-a-half chapters (issue #0 is a shorter piece), but despite all of its lore, it doesn't really say anything. After about 70 pages of comics, I don't know why Aneksi is doing any of this, what the motives of the demon are (aside from your usual doom and gloom) or what the team of agents assigned to protect our world are supposed to do.

The agents are the most puzzling factor in all of this because they are little more than cannon fodder. I'm sure they all have names and personalities, but they all come across as bland, stereotypical soldiers. This makes it hard to get invested in their story or anyone else's. Writer Kurt Zauer throws in a few tidbits here and there, but it's less about who they are and more about casual small talk.

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This is surprising, as there's a lot of exposition. Letterer Wes Locher does his best to make this flow, although there are times when the panels get almost clogged up with word balloons. For example, in issue #1, there's an exchange made to establish there's no doctor on staff, spread through six balloons and taking up at least 65% of the panel. While this is an important detail for the bloody events to come, it is bloated by the back-and-forth of casual chitchat.

Sabanion, the demon is a pretty worthy adversary for anyone. Artist Topper Helmers etches this beast out from darkness and fire. It's covered in sharp spikes and brimstone. It looks so unnatural in the world around it, drawing your eye as your mind tries to comprehend what its sees.

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Colorist Wesley Wong brings this to life in fiery detail. While the demon's body is mostly black, it's as if lava flows through its veins, pulsing over its entire body. It's like its very existence burns through our reality.

While the action scenes are solid, the regular character work is a little flat. Sajad Shah handles the #0 issue which has some better form work. The pencils are sharper and tighter.

Spectress and Sabanion introduces some interesting ideas, but never really does anything with them. While events happen, there's no investment in the story or the characters just yet. There are places for things like this in the horror genre, such as the Friday the 13th franchise, but we at least have something to grab onto, like the killer. This has a few disparate elements that orbit each other without lining up.

Spectress and Sabanion is available digitally through ComiXology


Story: oneandahalfstars Cover

Art: Twoandahalfstars
Overall: 2 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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