Kiss Me Satan! A Preview, of sorts

kissmesatanKiss Me Satan! from Dark Horse comics, written by Victor Gischler with art by Juan Ferreyra looks to be an action packed horror comic, chronicling the war between the werewolves and witches that are found in New Orleans.

From the official release: “Cassian Steele is the boss of the werewolf mafia in the Big Easy, and he’s got a problem. The old witch Verona knows his secret and has gone into hiding. Cassian wants her dead. So he sends out the word: An open contract. The first monster to dust Verona gets a big payday. What no one realizes is that Barnabus Black, a demon desperately trying to regain his halo, is her protection.”

The writing in the preview the we receive seems to move along at a fair pace, with plenty of action in the first few pages.  The artwork is worth taking a look at, as Mr Ferreyra seems to be well suited for this sort of story. His werewolves are bestial, but he is able to capture the underlying expressiveness of their human consciousness at the same time.

The main problem I have in giving you a more detailed preview of this comic is the fact that all we at Word of the Nerd (as well as everyone on their press distribution list) received is the single image on the right. In this single image you can see 5 single pages, one two page spread, two full page promo images, and the cover artwork, minus the title graphics or indicia.

So, in reality, while I am supposed to be giving you a preview of this comic, all I can speak to is the 6 story pages, just over 1/5th of a 32 page book, and while Mssrs. Gischler and Ferreyra are able to give the basic plot line and a worthwhile action sequence in these pages, it really isn’t even close to enough for anyone to accurately say whether you should purchase this book or not.

This, of course, is not the creators fault. I am certain that they are very talented, however, the publisher has decided, in what is becoming an unfortunate standard for the comic preview, to let the hype speak for itself.  To trust that the marketing will be enough for the comic reader to pick up this book based on just a few images and on the name recognition of it’s creatives.

This simply is not enough information upon which to make an informed decision. with over 300 different products hitting the shelves today, the comic book buying public needs more information than just this.  This is even more evident when it comes to the “Big 2” publishers, with the hype actually driving the sales.  All the public (and press) gets in advance of the sale day with those two are at best three or four unlettered pages, a 4 sentence synopsis,  along side the months upon months of hype from the publisher.

It is a practice that causes comic buyers to lose faith in the publishers that they are supposed to be purchasing from, as most of the time, the product does not equal the hype.  I understand the need to secrecy where stories are concerned, but that doesn’t stop other entertainment industries from showing the press full copies of that they are supposed to be previewing. When was the last time you saw a press report of a movie preview that was based on only the first 5 minutes?  Why should you be expected to go see such a film?

In any case, this comic looks to be entertaining, but I can not in good faith give either a buy or don’t buy recommendation based on what has been shown to me. If the subject matter seems to be something you’d enjoy, or the preview looks interesting to you, then by all means, purchase it.

Then let me know in the comments how it is, because I won’t be.


About the author

Mark Driscoll

When not ranting about the current state of his favorite comics or working on The Magic Cantina, Mark spends a majority of his time renovating his newly purchased, 120 year old Victorian house. Badly. He is very bad at talking about himself in the third person, as he thinks it make him sound pretentious.

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