Evil Ernie is Back
Written by: Justin Jordan and Keith Davidson
Art by: Colton Worley and Cezar Razek
As I was perusing the racks at my local comic shop, I came across a new release that I can say I was not expecting to see. It’s been a long time since Chaos has had someone from the Lady Death line in a book and it was refreshing to see this one on the shelf. Naturally I picked this book up(along with a few others) without hesitation and it was well worth it.
The days of color and shading have come a long way since the last time I read a Chaos title and I gotta say this title carries over well into the new medium of comic coloring. The scenes appear to be all hand painted and the coloring is perfect in setting the mood. They even keep the general green overtone of Ernie and his surroundings. You can see Smiley is still with Ernie and his mouth is just as tireless, and is still trying to be the voice of reason for Ernie.
The comic starts with an abusive father taking his frustration out on his children. The oldest of the kids volunteers to take the punishment when suddenly she is enveloped in a glowing light and imbued with some Ghost Rider like penance stare power. She makes her father experience the abuse he’s been dishing out and then vanishes. Cut to Ernie driving down a highway with Smiley acting as a radio. The plot point of the comic focuses on some new spirits claiming Ernie will be the conduit for their masters return. We find this out after some guy crashes head first into Ernie’s car to trap him at a cemetery.
Some cool fighting occurs, some zombies are raised, and the spirits tell Ernie their plan(classic bad guys). After this scene the Ernie story arc ends and the last few pages of the comics are a short story about a female metal band called “Last Ditch Bitch” and involves Ernie’s old love interest Mistress Hel. This side story was kind of neat and it’s where the artwork of Cezar Razek takes over from Colton Worley. This side story is brief but entertaining but I don’t know if it’s going to tie in further with the God Eater story, but I can’t imagine it will.
This book is visually stunning and has a good build for the first book. I’m interested to know where Justin Jordan is going with this story, and I’m hoping this will lead to a resurgence of more Lady Death stories. Evil Ernie God Eater is going to be a 5 part series so add this one to your collection because it’s not a lot of issues and it’s shaping up to be an interesting story.