Babyteeth #2 (Aftershock Comics)
The opening issue of Babyteeh sure had a lot of potential. Despite the usual “girl gives birth to the Antichrist” trope, Donny Cates and Garry Brown’s series had an interesting narrative system and compelling lead character to help set up the story. But one thing that was missing was the fleshing out of the world around Sadie. While we got to meet her, her child, and her immediate family, there wasn’t enough of the larger story to really make an impact. Luckily for us, Cates and Brown address that in issue two, and bring in some truly fantastic world building to the Babyteeth story.
Babyteeth #2 picks up a few weeks after Sadie has given birth to Clark. She’s still learning the ropes of feeding her child, and like all new mothers, feels like she’s doing everything wrong. But what she doesn’t know yet is that there’s a dark secret society that hunts down children they believe to be the Antichrist, and they’re now aware that something is up with Clark. This leads us to a pretty entertaining introduction to “Prairie Wolf”, an assassin who has a pretty fantastic introduction that I won’t spoil here.
I mentioned this in my previous review of Babyteeth’s first issue, but Donny Cates really has a gift for characterization. We’ve already been given enough time to fall in love with Sadie, but this issue gives us even more insight to her father and sister, who are both equally great characters in their own unique ways. Cates also has fun teasing upcoming events in the series via Sadie’s story for her son, which adds to the fun of reading the story (I mean, evil devil Raccoons? How could I say no?). But the real shining moment for this issue is the introduction of Prairie Wolf.
Simply put, Prairie Wolf’s introduction is fantastic. It’s the perfect marriage of words and pictures, and now I can see why Garry Brown is on this book with Cates. While Brown’s facial work is a little looser than even the first issue of Babyteeth, the introduction to Prairie Wolf is so fun and fantastic that you can forgive a few weird facial quirks on the characters. Brown and Cates deliver a truly memorable intro for this character that will definitely pop into your head whenever you hear a certain R.E.M. song on the radio.
I was hoping that Babyteeth’s second issue would give us a little more to chew on when it came to the story, and I was happy to see that I was not disappointed. It may be too early to make this claim, but this book reminds me an awful lot of Preacher tone wise, and if Cates and Brown can continue to deliver fresh and exiting moments like the Prairie Wolf introduction, then we’ll have a really fantastic series on our hands.