Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Babyteeth is the story of Sadie, a 16 year old girl who gets pregnant, hides her pregnancy from everyone but her sister and is scared of the consequences. Sounds simple enough till you factor in that her child is an evil being of untold power known as The Final Son. She promptly proceeds to name him Clark (after Superman). Oh and he also drinks blood.
Excellent plot eh?
The description can immediately hook you into wanting more and it definitely did that to me. The story though, is much simpler. There’s a demon child and there are forces in the world that want the child dead at any cost. The story is laid down as a narration of events the Sadie is recording for her child. So the events described here have already happened.
Sadie seems like your normal 16 year old college student who got pregnant and is planning on keeping the baby. Her elder sister, Heather, is a badass who is protective of her sister. When Sadie starts getting contractions which lead to earthquakes, Heather is the one driving her to the hospital and starts suspecting that something is off. As the child is born, all earthquakes stop. Sadie’s father, a military man, is around to help Sadie with the demon child and is generally accepting of the fact that his 16 year old daughter has given birth. Good on you Mr. Ritter.
The earthquakes are also how the secret organization known as ‘The Silhouette’ tracks down where the demon child was born. Soon an assassin is tasked to kill the demon child and anyone else involved in the process. Sadie’s child also manages to summon a demonic raccoon through a portal somehow while Heather manages to run into a warlock who wants to help. There’s a lot of weird stuff going on here!
Given all its good points, where the story manages to falter is in being utterly simplistic. This is not a bad thing in and of itself and I’m it appeals to a different set of people. For me, I just wanted a bit more from the story. I will definitely still want to read the next volume though!
“Absolutely not! The Coyote is a lunatic. We need this done quietly. We need one infant disposed of, not the entirety of Utah burned to the ground!”Donny Cates
The art is quite good and I really liked the dark, evil theme that’s going on through the book. The copy I received had well over 45 pages full of illustrations and covers. The art here is amazing! I went through these pages multiple times just taking it all in. Mark Englert has done a wonderful job.
Overall, I’d say this was a fun graphic novel to read.