Review: BABYTEETH #7

BABYTEETH #7
Written by Donny Cates
Art by Garry Brown, Mike Englert, and Taylor Esposito
Edited by Mike Marts
Published by Aftershock Comics
Release Date: January 3, 2018

End of the world stories are a dime a dozen these days, so it’s hard to give the reader a unique experience. Babyteeth #7 continues to surprise the reader with another excellent issue that continues the story of the birth of a special child. This issue continues to provide the audiences with twists outside the norm of the typical apocalyptic story conventions.

Donny Cates can do no wrong. He continues to write stories that take something familiar and bring new life to it. Babyteeth has become so much more than what the original premise alludes to. It’s refreshing to find that there are still unique stories about topics that have been covered before. He creates a story that makes the reader feel safer with a demon child than a group of people that have created a nice hometown feel.

He also tears down preconceived notions you may have about the bad guys of the story. It’s this continued assurance of not knowing where the story is going that makes it so enjoyable. This issue introduces a lot of new information that answers some big questions but in turn creates twice as many questions than before. In other stories this may be frustrating. In Babyteeth it adds to the general feel of not knowing what the hell is going on that Sadie and her family feels. The reader now feels it too and provides investment into the story as a result.

Garry Brown continues to give Babyteeth it’s eerie look that is unsettling but somehow cute at the same time. It’s a combination of rough edges with soft round curves that creates this purposeful imbalance. His rendering of wounds to the characters are extremely chunky and bloody giving it a gut wrenching impact to the reader. Brown makes use of very heavy shadows and thick lines to give tense scenes a thick atmosphere and the same style to encase each panel giving the story a sense of having taken place in the past.

Like flipping through a photo album. Mark Englert’s colors play a key part in the telling of this story. The deep bloody reds when Clark screams really sink into the reader. These reds also appear during scenes of death and destruction and give the reader a foreboding sense of just what this child is. Cool pastels dominate scenes that take place in the underground city that the family wound up in at the end of the last issue. These pastels really convey the sense that though they seem to be in a safe place there is definitely something not quite right.

Taylor Esposito, as always, provides high quality lettering that adds to and doesn’t take away from the story. It’s easy to read and appropriately highlights emotional moments the characters are experiencing.

Issue #7 of Babyteeth continues to shock and take the reader on a fun journey from beginning to end. Readers can expect the unexpected with each new page and be left surprised by the end of the story. This issue is a must read and it’s still early enough in the story that readers can go back and catch up from the beginning.

The Verdict: 10/10

 

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