Reviews: Babble & 7th Dimension of the Devil #1


Babble Review

Written by Lee Robson. Drawn by Bryan Coyle.

babble-coverA research team led by professor Alan Curtis may be close to realizing a true universal language. Carrie, a college-age English woman’s path to a new, exciting life goes through him in America. A fallen colleague’s notes may hold the key to either unlocking a great accomplishment, but Carrie must also deal with the terror of literally speechless people hunting her.

Coyle employ’s duotones. Brown-colored scenes represent the dreary present and blue-based scenes represent the past. What’s most memorable about Babble is the characterization. Babble contains some fighting action, but what Carrie’s reactions and feelings still stick with me after finishing Babble. Coloring is artfully done, even if they couldn’t left one redheaded character appearing blonde. I will let that slide this time.

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Also, that weird field with two giant tuning forks cannot be an American football gridiron. Minus a zillion points…if I judged works based on picking nits. Which I don’t.

The “creatures,” for lack of a better word, aren’t personally my highlight per se. However, to get in the horror mood, I imagined their cries, speeches, and assorted babble to be hisses.

Drama and romance aren’t tacky, but I didn’t sympathize with either Alan or Carrie when Carrie’s left to her ultimate fate. Overall, the creative team are successful in crafting an unsettling melodrama.

7th Dimension of the Devil #1

Written by Lee Kolinsky. Drawn by Arifin Samsul.

7th-dimension-of-the-devil-001-coverAn eleven-year old girl and her father, Julie and Allan Summer, set out to protect the seventh Earth from the Devil. She, being a Protector, must face and trap the Devil or else God loses his bet with the Devil and the Devil will reign in Heaven and Earth. After escaping from one of the Devil’s hunters, the Summers seek out the previous Protector’s Guardian, then more freaky stuff happens.

Dimension is surreal entertainment but has a murky mysticism. For instance, why would God make a bet with the Devil? What kind of beings are Allan and Julie Summer since they’re not quite human and not quite angels?

The first issue’s a foundation to build deeper mythology about the people and realms of Dimension. Will Julie resume her mission or will she get bogged down in details? So far, Dimension #1 has a good balance of action and mythology-building. The Devil himself shows flashes of charisma, but has the potential to be campy. Campiness doesn’t equal unreadable, though. Besides, it’s too early for me to judge. If you like new takes on Judeo-Christian-inspired mysticism, then give Dimension a try.

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Author: Clarence

Webmaster, editor, writer of Red-Headed Mule. RHM was founded in 2011. Currently is liking British TV better than U.S. TV, mayhaps.