Evil Geek Book Report – Indie Spotlight: Saint Chaos
Hey there Evil Geeks, the smell of fresh comics can only mean one thing: it’s time for another Evil Geek Book Report! Today we’re shining our Indie Spotlight on Saint Chaos, created and written by Noah Dorsey (creator and co-writer of Image Comics’ Non-Humans), with art by Zsombor Huszka. One of the awesome things about being internet, writery types such as ourselves, is that every now and then someone will seek your assistance with getting the word out on a new project. Noah contacted us via Twitter and asked if we could review his new book, so we jumped at the opportunity! Saint Chaos is described by Dorsey as crime noir and issue #1 delivers on that promise in the form of the seriously messed up world of Simon Monroe.
To put things a bluntly as possible, it certainly is raining shit on Simon Monroe right now. He’s just recently been informed by his girlfriend of several years that she may or may not have given him a scorching case of herpes, which she picked up as she was cheating on him with one of his co-workers. That same co-worker also got him fired from his internship, which in turn got him kicked out of college. After that, his mother gets brutally murdered in her sleep; the victim of a robbery gone bad. As if this isn’t enough heartbreak and tragedy to break poor Simon, on top of all that his cat commits suicide. Why hello, rock bottom. Being at the end of his rope and completely fed up with life, Simon remembers an old urban legend regarding the topic of suicide. He remembers the story of a kid who was accidentally strangled by the chains on the swings in a local park. Anyone wishing to die could leave a dozen white roses in a certain trashcan in the park, then when you went to sleep that night the ghost of the child would kill you before you could awaken. Simon goes through the ritual of leaving the roses, but instead of meeting Kevorkian the friendly ghost, he meets someone so much worse.
Simon awakens in am abandoned candy factory which just happens to be called “Home” by a twisted psychopath named Honeycomb (a name taken from a candy confection created by his father). Simon is surrounded by mutilated corpses, all the result of Honeycomb’s handy work. Simon tells Honeycomb why it is he’s so desperate to die, but instead of granting Simon his wish and putting him out of his misery, Honeycomb does something WAAAYYY more twisted: he lets Simon live under the stipulation that Honeycomb will find him in 4 days time so he can properly celebrate his birthday by killing Simon. As he was studying the corpses populating the room he’d been held captive in, Simon had been wishing for a quick death. Instead, what Honeycomb does is tell Simon that he’s going to let him marinate in his depression for a few more days, thus prolonging Simon’s agony for much longer than he hoped for.
Simon later awakens in the park where he left the roses, having been freed by Honeycomb (but not after he knocked Simon unconscious with a severed limb). Instead of giving into that crippling depression and spending the 4 days in agony, awaiting death, something snaps in Simon and he becomes oddly motivated to help others in situations just as soul crushing as the one he finds himself in. Simon has nothing left to live for, so his personal safety is of no concern to him as he mercilessly confronts some bullies picking on a nerdy kid walking home, then later frees a heroin addicted, sex slave after brutally mutilating her captors. Simon feels born anew. He still wishes to die, but he vows to take a few evil doers with him on his way out the door, donning the guise of Saint Chaos.
I really enjoyed the story by Dorsey. You feel for Simon and hope he can realize that he might have more to live for than he realizes, but even if he does have some great epiphany, he’s still got a death sentence hanging over his head thanks to Honeycomb. Honeycomb is as slimy, creepy and outright disturbing as a villain can get. His look and feel as a character falls somewhere between the Joker and Freddie Mercury, but the odd combination of the two makes him that much more of a sinister force. He looks like you’d easily be able to best him in a physical confrontation, but judging by the pile of rotting cadavers in his workshop he’s clearly got an advantage over most folks. The art by Huszka really helps convey the lonely grittiness of Simon’s world. The artwork is reminiscent of Frank Miller’s in Sin City, but the art of Saint Chaos isn’t quite as basic as Miller’s. The stylized mix of black and white with intermittent color really brings Simon’s world to life.
Saint Chaos is a four issue series, but judging by the events of issue #1, it’s looking to be an intense ride. Can Simon find redemption in helping others whose lives are just as terrible, if not worse than his own? Even if he does triumph, is he smart enough or tough enough to escape the fate he’s seemingly sealed by inviting a menace like Honeycomb into his life? We’ll have to read on to find out! Issue #1 of Saint Chaos will be available soon, with Issue #2 slated for August. For more info and for pre-ordering you can go the Mile High Comics page here. Thanks for book reporting with us today, Evil Geeks! Sleep now, secure in the knowledge that we’ll be back soon with more comic reviews for you!
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Posted on June 16, 2013, in COMICS!, Evil Geek Book Report, Geekology, Indie Spotlight, Reviews and tagged Indie Spotlight, Mile High Comics, Noah Dorsey, Saint Chaos, Zsombor Huszka. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.