By Geoff Hoppe
May 13, 2008 - 12:32
The Obligatory Warning: nudity, dismembered bodies, vomited blood, coarse language.
These two issues should excite me as much as The Hills excites stupid people. But, I'm hesitant to dive right in and drink Wagner's (blood red) kool-aid. How is it that I don't enjoy a comic with mobsters, voodoo, zombies, and a guy with a cool spear? Because, periodically, the writing in Behold the Devil crosses the line from subtly dark into emo kid's journal.
As Grendel julienne-slices a bunch of zombies, he laments that his undead victims "know neither fear nor despair...their bodies bear litle similarity to the living...in fact, this is almost masturbation. Boring and self-indulgent." Um, wow. I could go on about how uncomfortable the above sentiments make me, but I'll instead remind Mr. Wagner, and all the Grendel fans out there, that generic prescriptions are now only 4$ at Wal-Mart. That includes anti-depressants.
|Cue "Night on Bald Mountain."|
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention letterer Tom Orzechowski's beautiful cursive script. Orzechowski writes all of Grendel's internal monologue in a mock-Palmer style, and the flawless handwriting heightens the sense of Grendel's sophisticated savagery.
Worth the money? Not this time.