Review: ‘Kiss Me, Satan!’ #3

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As the book nears completion, Dark Horse’s “Kiss Me, Satan!” continues to power through its narrative of violence and death without mercy. With only two installments left in the miniseries, the third installment sees huge plot developments and unexpected twists that effectively showcase Victor Gischler and Juan Ferreyra best work in the KMS universe to date.

WRITTEN BY: Victor Gischler
ART BY: Juan Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: November 20, 2013

Gishler and Ferreyra waste no time before thrusting readers back into their dark and violent world of “Kiss Me, Satan!” The Bone Wrangler has risen the dead in the Garden District cemeteries, and is relentlessly set on collecting the bounty placed on the witches’ heads. With an army of zombies spelled to take them down, Verona and her disciples are in for a gruelingly vicious battle. But they, along with their protector Barnabus Black, refuse to go down without a fight.

Gischler moves the narrative along at warp speed, in both action and plot development, and successfully presents one of his most entertaining issues yet. This is partly due to his decision to have Zell narrating and offering internal commentary throughout the installment, which adds a different and more personal tone to the book. Moreover, Gischler keeps the intrigue and suspense alive with the introduction of a new and mysterious villain who’s after more than just the bounty placed on the witches by Cassian Steele. The issue really focusses on the raw power of the Eye of Fates, all the while providing insight into who—and what—Barnabus Black really is. Essentially, the violent battle at the cemetery sets forth a series of significant, but ultimately unfortunate, events that will hook readers right into Gischler’s story, and have them anticipating next month’s installment.

With some panels so fantastically grotesque, the faint of heart will most definitely squirm through Juan Ferreyra’s detailed depictions of blood, gore, and violence. The entire issue showcases some of his finest work in the series thus far, and impressively delivers in spades where Verona is concerned. Expect more gnarly artwork with the witch at the center of it all, because what Ferreyra does with the Eye of Fates is as gross as it is phenomenal. This installment continues to demonstrate the artist’s ability to execute movement and motion exceptionally well, specifically during the highly entertaining action scenes involving the Bone Wrangler’s army of undead. Moreover, he’s envisioned and drawn Gischler’s characters in a way that perfectly illustrates their individual personalities, from the style of clothing to their telling facial expressions.

With assistance from Eduardo Ferreyra on colours, Gischler’s world is vibrantly brought to life with a generous palette of vivid tones and light. When the magic in this series takes the front seat and the pages light up with the artist’s on point depictions of bright green Eldritch fire, that’s when their colours really begin to shine.

There’s only two more issues set for release, so “Kiss Me, Satan!” #3 manages to really push the narrative forward and set the stage for the beginning of what is gearing up to be a bloody and exciting end.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – ShadowJayd