Kiss Me, Satan 5 (January 2014)

I’ve never found Ferreyra’s art to be one of Kiss Me, Satan’s selling points. Gischler’s lunacy was always its brass ring. This issue, however, the art is what makes it work. There’s some good lunacy–Gischler seems to get how to use magic in a violent action story. With actual wonderment no less. But his final reveal is a little predictable. Only it looses Ferreyra. After four issues of action scenes, Ferreyra finally gets to do the big werewolf battle and he does a great job with it. There are two or three fantastic double page spreads this issue, with Ferreyra … Continue reading Kiss Me, Satan 5 (January 2014)

Kiss Me, Satan 4 (December 2013)

I wish Gischler would just take his time. It’s a good issue–lots of nice developments, brisk pace–but in his rush, he leaves out a lot of things he could expand on. This issue doesn’t just have more information on lead Barnabus Black, it has some comic moments with his angel boss and some funny narration. Gischler overcooks the narration–apparently intentionally to make it feel a little noir–but this time he lets it get humorous. It makes the read much more enjoyable. And, since one is enjoying him or herself while reading the comic, the reader doesn’t want it to end … Continue reading Kiss Me, Satan 4 (December 2013)

Noir 1 (November 2013)

I don’t know why I should keep reading Noir. It’s a perfectly serviceable comic for Dynamite to exploit a couple licenses they hold–The Shadow and Miss Fury–but there’s nothing else going on with it. The art, from Andrea Mutti, is pretty good. So’s the writing, actually. Victor Gischler does a fine enough job with it. He’s got the Shadow teaming up with some Spanish lady spy to track down some kind of artifact. It feels a little like a pulp, but a pulp with some Indiana Jones type stuff thrown in. Only in the United States instead of Europe somewhere. … Continue reading Noir 1 (November 2013)

Kiss Me, Satan 3 (November 2013)

Uh oh, I was supposed to be paying attention to the awkward flirting between the lead character and one of the witches. Gischler tries so hard for chemistry between the two of them it’s nauseating. Actually, the way the girl swoons for the guy reminds of Jeph Loeb’s Superman/Batman. Otherwise, the issue’s reasonably okay. It’s mostly action, which doesn’t look great in Ferreyra’s somewhat painted art. But the scene has a couple unexpected moments and it moves well, static art or not. Then comes the stuff with the witches, which works because Gischler writes the old witch lady so well. … Continue reading Kiss Me, Satan 3 (November 2013)

Kiss Me, Satan 2 (October 2013)

Didn’t the first issue have some really mediocre or bad narration from the protagonist? Gischler doesn’t make that mistake in this issue. It’s a lot of action–actually, I think it’s nonstop action at least for the witches and their mysterious protector. Gischler goes for humor with the witches and it works. His banter between the protector and the vampire hit woman is a little weak, but it’s still all right. Kiss Me, Satan is interesting in how it’s not too ambitious, Ferreyra’s art isn’t exactly good–he goes for a static painted look–but the comic is rather entertaining nonetheless. There’s some … Continue reading Kiss Me, Satan 2 (October 2013)

Kiss Me, Satan 1 (September 2013)

I can’t believe I’m going to make this complaint–writer Victor Gischler has way too much structure for the first issue of Kiss Me, Satan. At least at the beginning. He adopts a three act structure for the issue. He introduces protagonist Barnabas Black–apparently some kind of fallen angel trying to get back into Heaven–on the run from some demons. Except Barnabas isn’t the focus of the issue, but the leader of the werewolf pack. Gischler gets to him and his problems in the second act. The third act is bringing everything together. The comic is best when Barnabas isn’t around, … Continue reading Kiss Me, Satan 1 (September 2013)