Art by Kevin Enhart, Newel Anderson and Elias Aquino
Colors by Jimmy Kerast
Lettering by Kevin Enhart
Cover by Kevin Enhart and Jimmy Kerast
Printed by Zeno Telos Press
I am finally getting to read this awesome comic book, if you have not read our review of copy one, go over here and read this review because this is ending up being an interesting comic book. There is a little bit in here for everyone just like issue one. The story centers on a heavy metal satanic band that finds itself on tour through a heavily Christianized Texas, and the troubles that they have just trying to stay alive and out of Christian jail. I think I am still going to vote this one as the best independent comic of the year right now because it simply is an engaging story line.
What do you do with long haired satanic heavy metal musicians in a heavily Christianized state? Frankly I think their booking agent needs to be fired. As they try to blend in and escape being captured between gigs, you get a real idea that much like what we see in the popular press, the version of Christianity we see portrayed in this comic is fake. We get an interesting break at the beginning of the comic book to see what is happening on the corporate level and how corporations have co-opted Christianity to ensure profit, and control of the states powers and apparatus for control. While the population wanders around like sheep, how they are showing their independence from the Corporate Christianity that uses state sponsored terror to control the population, is to listen to proscribed music, and the band Satanic Hell is right at the top of the list.
We see a lot of background story, but what is interesting is the Reverend Scudder. I do not know if this was intentional or not, but I am taking this as a huge indication that the writers have read Robert Heinlein. The story of the First Prophet Neimiah Scudder, and the events that lead to the second American Revolution in the book Methuselah’s Children are ringing loud and clear in this issue. So I am at the point of wondering if we are going to see the band Satanic Hell as part of not just an underground music band in Christian Texas, but possibly as a way to bring down an obviously anti-Christian state, and obviously anti-Christian legal system.
There is a lot here to think about, which is what makes this comic book great. We get half-dressed sexy demons, children fighting the authorities, an evil Christian corporate state that suppresses its population in the name of Jesus. We also get some awesome counter points to some of the most interesting science fiction writing by one of the Grand Masters of the genre. The second issue comes out of the gate swinging, and keeps up the story line much like comic book one. I so want to get the full story of this one, when it comes out as a trade paperback. I am rating this bad boy five of five stars, awesome everything from the story line to the writing to the underlying political tones and unconscious or unintentional or not, an homage to Robert Heinlein. What more could you ask for? This one is worth getting, reading, and digging. You can purchase the comic book at http://www.SatanicHell.