"Babyteeth #6" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by AfterShock Comics
Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Garry Brown
Colored by Mark Englert
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 15th, 2017
If you're just joining us, let me get you up to speed on Babyteeth. Sadie gave birth to the Antichrist and named him Clark. An assassin named Prairie Wolf tried to kill her. A warlock named Dancy intervened and has taken her and her family to a strange castle up in Maine run by a group of people that worship Clark. Also, there's a weird raccoon demon thing that's following them. All of this is being recounted by Sadie in the present as she sits alone in an abandoned temple.
It's easy to forget sometimes that at the center of all of this action and excitement is an infant. All of these shadowy organizations are fighting over Clark, willing to murder anyone that stands in their way. Meanwhile, you have Sadie and her family that just love the kid unconditionally, even if he is the Antichrist. It makes for a great juxtaposition.
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If you've ever been on a plane with a baby, you know that it can be a tough ride. The child doesn't know what's going on and can end up screaming for the entire flight. Now imagine the kid's screams are so strong they can almost warp reality. You'll probably be thankful that you just had a few tears here and there. Clark's cries are an act of violence. They shake the entire plane and give everyone nose bleeds.
Colorist Mark Englert shows just how deadly this scene is by covering it in a blood-red hue. It's like a switch is flipped and the world is nothing but pain and anger. Sadie and her sister Heather are powerless to stop it. There's this shot of Sadie where she looks desperate and overwhelmed, which I'm sure every parent has been, but she's a special case given her child's abilities.
Aside from scenes like this and a few others, Babyteeth has this air of normalcy to it. You can almost forget that Sadie is carrying around the Antichrist. This could just be a family trip to Maine, although as Sadie asks, “Who in their right mind wants to go to Maine?” Sorry, Stephen King. Artist Garry Brown lulls us into this false sense of security with moments like these before ripping the Band-Aid off with segments like Clark screaming or the brutal final pages of this issue. There's a natural quality to his artwork that aids in the character development.
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This all changes when they get to their destination. It's here that the second arc of Babyteeth really gets going. Writer Donny Cates shows you how deep this rabbit hole goes and it's crazy. If the first arc introduced you to the characters and the premise, this one looks to expand upon it a thousand fold. It doesn't miss a beat and still has some of the signature humor Cates is known for. There's a great exchange between Dancy and Heather that had me laughing out loud.
Babyteeth always leaves me wanting more. Each issue ends and I cannot wait for the next. It's a gripping read that is a testament to great storytelling. Just buy this book, OK? You will thank me later.