"Babyteeth #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by AfterShock Comics
Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Garry Brown
Colored by Mark Englert
2017, 34 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 9th, 2017
Sadie is a young single mom. She's learning the ropes when it comes to raising an infant. Unfortunately, there was nothing in her baby books about what to do when your kid will only eat blood. She turns to her sister, Heather, for help, but that doesn't go as planned and her baby's cries open a portal into Hell. What do you expect when you give birth to the antichrist?
While I can buy some of Sadie's actions, what I find hard to believe is that she doesn’t go to a doctor or consult anyone else when her baby drops vampire-like teeth and drank blood. New parents are super cautious and freak out about almost everything. If something like that happened, any normal person would be calling every medical professional in the tri-state area and probably a few news outlets. At the bare minimum, she would take a picture of it and ask some folks on Facebook.
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If you forgive this suspension of disbelief, Babyteeth completely pulls you in. Writer Donny Cates has created very real, natural characters. Sadie is like someone you'd meet at a comic book store or the library. She's the cool, awkward girl that you'd love to hang out with. This comes through in artist Garry Brown's design for the character too. There's a warmness to her that's shrouded in pure innocence.
By contrast, her sister is hard and mean yet fiercely loyal. They complement each other well. Heather has had a tough life. Her sister is the one thing in the world that softens her. Otherwise she feels nothing but rage at everyone and everything out there. Brown's design for Heather is all rough edges and sharp angles. She wears a permanent scowl on her face.
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The standout scene in Babyteeth #3 is when Sadie's infant starts crying. He is so disgusted by someone else's blood that his screams become otherworldly. Brown and colorist Mark Englert show this in such a powerful manner. It's like the page itself is shaking with the characters vibrating in the foreground. The background is filled with a never ending cry in a violent orange.
Babyteeth is damn good. It has been a consistently solid read since the first page of the first issue and shows no sign of stopping. This poor young girl is about to get wrapped up in pure evil and all we can do is watch. This issue builds to a monumental final page that ups the ante considerably.