Comic Review: Gothology II: Misery Loves Company

Issue: Gothology II: Misery Loves Company
Contributors: Colin Abel, Annalise Addams, Noël Belknap, Anna Bowles, Christina Boyce, Ben Coombs, Gina Creazzo A.K.A. Exileinblonde, Adrien Dacquel, Spicy Donut, Rashad Doucet, Sarah Fowlie, Kate “Poj” Greenseth, David Grimshaw, Caylee Huckabay, Bloody Ichigo, Valia Kapadai, Patt Kelley, Justin King, T.J. Kirsch, Christine Larsen, Megan “Dekay” Lawton, Maximo V. Lorenzo, Andy Mahoney, Micaela Mau, Chris Mullins, Johanne Østervang, Taylor Pendleton, Mark Penman, Perca, ELton Pruitt, Isaac Ruder, Aluísio C. Santos, Senyphine, Maria Smedstad, Kasey Brianne Williams, Ashley M. Witter, Barbara Wittman, Jo Wu, Asya Yordanova
Editors: Justin King, Jack Sullivan
Publisher: DAPshow Press
Release Date: February 2010
Pages: 272
Price: $18.99

“Misery Loves Company is the second volume of the GOTHOLOGY comic anthology series. It is loaded with 28 comics from miserable artists from all four corners of this wretched planet. These stories explore the darkness even further, and why misery is drawn to it. An international collection of comics studying the cultural force known by laymen as ‘Goth’.”

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5
WHOA! I don’t even know where to begin on this one. The artwork is flying off the pages! There was maybe 2 or 3 styles I didn’t care for, but the overall impression is WOW! Just like Book I: The Eternal Sad this volume is just packed full of great artwork. To me some of the one page works are the best. Spicy Donut’s two stand out to me the most. I just want to color them! I think I will. Aside from the great one page pieces, the stories are above and beyond. Not one artist’s style is similar. Every one conveys their piece in the right way. The looks range from Manga, to Realistsic, to Cartoon, to underground Indie. I mean This collection covers it all. I won’t even single my favorites out. I love them all for what they brought to the collection.

Story: 4.0 out of 5
So when we talk horror, do we really think Goth? Hell yes we do! Goth is the internal horror, that we think and deal with. This collection has such range. Demented pieces that are on the level of Crossed, down to something that could appeal to children. Poetic renditions and stories that carry depth. I don’t know how you can put together a collection that can carry it all, anymore than this. Ranging from Vampire tales to demonic fairies I don’t know what more one could ask for. My favorite, and yes I will pull one out but please know that I loved a lot of them, was “The Bunny Man”. So Jack and Justin tell Cay Lee Huckabay I want more as of yesterday.

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
So here is what we have when it all boils down, AN AWESOME BOOK! Now keep in mind, this could appeal to only a select section of a genre, but please look past that and give this over volume 1 a good look. These are easily upcoming talents in the comic industry that will be knocking work out of the park before we know it. Great artwork mixed with top notch story lines you can’t ask for more. This needs to be sold at all Hot Topic stores, just based on subject matter alone, and it should be an anthology you are willing to check out. Now if you will excuse me, I have some Entwine to go listen to while I reread all of this great work.

If you would like to buy or know more about Gothology II: Misery Loves Company you can find it at http://dapshow.com/

Comic Review: Gothology II: Misery Loves Company

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