Back in the day, Howard Chaykin made a splash with a little indie book called BLACK KISS. It changed a lot of the comics landscape and helped bring the medium into a more adult world. This year, he came back with a sequel, and it’s filled with cover to cover strangeness, mostly monster porn and genital mutilation. The first issue really kicked things off pretty well, and some of the shit that went down in its pages was some mind-blowing, crazy stuff.
The problem is, starting with issue two, it petered off, and with #6, the final issue, he goes out with a whimper, not a, um, well, a bang.
BLACK KISS 2 follows a succubus over the course of about a hundred years as she fucks and kills just about everyone she meets. Along the way, she makes her own companions by taking cross-dressing guys and turning them into actual women, and she usually renames them to Dagmar and makes them look like her.
Now that we’re up to 2010, we’ve come to the purpose of this story. Our heroine has come to the conclusion that she doesn’t really need companionship after all these years. Uh … what? Is that really the entire point of this story? We went through all of this porn—and Chaykin, who is the artist in addition to being the writer, pulled no punches by illustrating penetration, oral sex, all sorts of things—and genital mutilation after genital mutilation just to get to this wishy-washy message?
Well, that’s part of the problem, actually. Chaykin uses a pretty decent idea for a story but ignores it for the most part, using it to decorate his tale of supernatural sexual depravity. It should be the other way around; story should be the foundation, and the crazy porn should be the decoration. Because of this, the plot seems murky and almost non-existent.
But there is something to be said for his attention to the baser stuff. He gets some amazing visuals, a lot of it beautiful, and a lot of it cringe-worthy. Even women are made uncomfortable by watching a dick get bitten off; every male reader will spend most of their time with their legs crossed.
If only Chaykin paid more attention to the story. This could have been a revolutionary book. Instead, it will probably be dismissed as sexual garbage. Incidentally, it’s not. He had the good instinct to have a great jumping-off point, but he just couldn’t follow through. That’s too bad. This could have been more than a titillating read.
BLACK KISS 2 #6
Written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin
Published by Image