"Babyteeth #7" 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 January 3rd, 2018
Sadie and her infant son, Clark, have made the trek to Maine where she meets her estranged mother and the weird group called The Way. It’s a lot to take in, as these folks seem to know all about Clark, including his odd dietary needs (he drinks blood, not milk). Meanwhile, Carl, the father of the first assassin sent to kill Clark, has been tasked with finishing the job, but he has some demands first. Oh, I forgot to mention that this little baby is the Antichrist, didn’t I? That would add a bit more context, huh?
As compelling as Sadie’s story is, I want to focus on Carl first. He presents a very interesting perspective on this. He had a life carrying out missions for a mysterious organization known as The Silhouette before he left that behind. There are only so many kids you can kill before it gets to you. Now this job has claimed the life of his daughter and he’s been dragged back into this mess.
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Carl stands in a dark room as a table full of guys in suits brief him on the situation. You can practically feel the seething hatred coming off of him. There’s a great close-up shot of Carl’s face that sums up his feelings on this whole thing. He’s looking directly at the reader and his eyes can cut a hole right through you. His facial features are chiseled with each wrinkle telling a story of hardship. This man has seen some shit.
The darkness and shadows in The Silhouette is a nice contrast to the brightness of The Way. It looks like the former is in a cave somewhere while the latter is out in the open, whereas The Way is actually deep underground. They’ve just recreated a vibrant landscape down there.
Carl presents a wildcard in this strange showdown. I hesitate to say it’s a fight between good and evil because I’m not sure which side everyone is on yet. You’d think that Sadie is on the good side because she’s just a teenage girl, but she did give birth to the Antichrist, and The Silhouette wants to put an end to that, so doesn’t that make them the good guys? Carl throws a monkey wrench into the mix and I’m very excited to see what he does next, as he’s completely unpredictable.
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It’s only January, but Babyteeth #7 has one of my favorite panels of the year. It features Sadie’s sister Heather after their mother had the gall to tell her not to curse in this place. It’s a close-up of Heather as she’s filled with anger. There’s a literal red outline around her body. She looks at her own mother and says, “Suck my dick, bitch. You don’t know me.” Yes, Heather is quickly becoming my favorite character in the series and I’m sure she’ll be yours too.
Babyteeth feels like it’s moving at a breakneck pace now. We got through the introduction of the characters and the situation they’re in. Now we’re quickly flying forward and not missing a beat. This is hands down one of the best comics on the stands today.