We see a previous mission Carl had taken for the Silhouette and the horrific way it went down as the Silhouette requests that he take another mission for them. Meanwhile, the Way is being challenged by "the Captain" and Heather Ritter in Maine.
Cults, eldritch forces, and intense violence: I must be in heaven.
I almost feel embarrassed that it took me so long to try this one out. Had I read it before, I would have known Donny Cates was a perfect choice for Doctor Strange and Thanos. He's practically been writing both (to a point) already.
Babyteeth is an absolute joy to read. It balances humor and horrific Lovecraftian elements. It has a compelling badass in Carl. Heather is freaking awesome, delivering my favorite line, "Suck my dick, bitch. You don't know me."
The pacing is quite good. There's no scene in this issue that isn't interesting from the outset, whether it be Carl before the Silhouette or the Captain and Heather staring down the Way cultists.
There's more to talk about, but I don't want to spoil some of the more surprising scenes. I will say that it captures the horrific ideas that can be casually passed around in cult and religious circles when it's been implicitly sold as "divine."
Damn, I really liked this one.
Garry Brown's art is rough and stylistic in a way that really fits the off and unnerving atmosphere of Babyteeth. Everyone is quite expressive but looks just a little wrong. There is a lot of grit, detail, and extraneous lines that really add something to the visual style. Mark Englert's color work is dark and dirty looking, and it also fits the book quite well.
Babyteeth #7 was a treat to read and only got better the more I thought about it. With phenomenal writing and great artwork, this one definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.