Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Comic Book Novel: "Kiss Me, Satan" by Victor Gischler and art by Abel Ferrerya

Comic Book Novel: Kiss Me, Satan!: New Orleans is a werewolf town by Victor Gischler and art by Juan Ferrerya, 2014, 9781616554361. Compilation of individual issues.

A few days ago Gischler was using Twitter to promote his latest comic book.  While doing so he praised the talent and skill of the comic's artist.  I responded back saying the artist for Clown Fatale was very good.  Gischler responded in turn and wrote "so was the colorist."  Colorist?  What the hell is a colorist?

Werewolves run a crime family in New Orleans. Some werewolf children are not werewolves.  Those kids are dog-free and all human.  A local witch divines the local werewolf crime lord's child's future and sees the boy will not be a werewolf.  With a non-lupine child Crime Lord knows he will lose his position without a kid to take over the empire. So, werewolf lord wants to kill his son.

But, the witch saw the future and crime lord has to kill her as well.  Whoops, witch has three apprentices so he better kill them as well.  Witch and apprentices go on the run.  Werewolf calls out the dogs (Get it? The werewolf calls out the dogs? Must I explain all my jokes?) and puts a bounty on their heads.

Meanwhile, demon from hell is living on land.  Demon is in human form.  Demon is hoping for forgiveness and return to Heaven.  Demon is tasked by an angel to protect the witches.  Violence happens.  Lots of violence happens.  Lots of bloody violence with mangled bodies and blood and gore.  Sex happens, too.  With big boobs and muscles. Don't forget the amateur surgery to remove and then implant a magical mechanic eye (designed to look kinda Cthulhu-y and Geiger-y.)

Demon rescues the witches from various bad dudes but witches are gradually killed off.  One magician is very powerful and a big threat.  We learn more about Demon.  Meanwhile, back at werewolf mansion, Crime Lord's wife wants to escape with her son and Crime Lord is sweating his perilous position.

A fun story and the artwork had some really neat touches with smaller drawings inset within the larger panels and some nice perspectives.  Gischler and Ferrerya do well in collaboration by drawing and explaining the characters with the dialogue and artwork.

1. I just found out the catalog record is screwed up.  The subtitle is listed as main title.  Dang it.
2. Something I was writing up above reminded me of Green Bay from when I was taking a long walk and listening to Pessl's Night Film. I'm not sure what it was.
3. The comic suffers like other Gischler comics because Gischler always tells a very good story but the comic format has such limited space.  I reckon the author could do even more with additional  space and time.  Oh, well, so it goes, just read the next one.

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