Written by: Donny Cates
Art by: Gary Brown, Mark Englert, and Taylor Esposito
Published by: Aftershock Comics
This comic is suggested for mature readers
Sadie Ritter is sixteen years old, nine months pregnant, and scared out of her sweet nerdy mind. Having a baby that young is tough, but with the support of her loving family behind her, everything should be okay. OH YEAH, and also her baby is the antichrist and it’s going to break open the barriers between the earthly and demonic planes and unleash eternal suffering to all of humankind. Other than that, though…should be fine.
From Donny Cates, the writer of Buzzkill, Paybacks, Redneck and the break-out hit God Country comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!
For the past year or so, Aftershock Comics has become my favorite publisher in the business. This is one company that is willing to try stuff the big three publishers won’t touch, and so far their books have been fantastic.
Now Aftershock Comics brings us Babyteeth, a new series written by Donny Cates that features the birth of the antichrist. Some of the story elements in issue #1 play out exactly like you would expect, but I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of world building Donny Cates achieved in one issue.
I know this sounds crazy, but Donny Cates made the birth of the Anti-Christ a very touching, human, and loving event. Cates achieved this by focusing not on the child, but on the mother, Sadie. Right of the bat we know that Sadie is a mom who will love her son no matter what he may grow up to be. FRom the moment she was introduced, I immediately liked her, as well as her sister Heather. The few pages where its just the two of them was my favorite part of Babyteeth #1.
Donny Cates also does some cool things by showing ominous signs around the birth. The story moves at a very fast pace, and Sadie’s contractions are show as massive earthquakes striking the city.
Gary Brown’s art style is a perfect fit for the story. At times its rough around the edges, but this helps setting a mood of time ticking down and anxiety building up. I also liked that he drew Sadie with a soft face to show how loving and caring she is. Meanwhile, Heather and the other characters we see are drawn with sharp edges, and the contrast is amazing.
In the end, Babyteeth #1 is a surprisingly unique take on a story we have seen before. This book has a lot of heart, and thanks to clever dialogue, and exciting artwork, this series could be one of the best new launches of 2017. Looks like Aftershock has another hit on their hands!
Babyteeth #1 score: A