Exploring The Red Realm With Babyteeth #13

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Sadie, her father, Olivia, and Simon are hiding out in a cave in the Red Realm. Their mission to find Heather and Clark is already looking bleak, but Sadie and her dad aren’t willing to give up. Meanwhile, Heather and Clark are tracking a herd of the Red Realm’s monstrosities moving north. Heather believes this may be a boon for them, but nothing good exists in the Red Realm.

Babyteeth #13 cover by Garry Brown and Mark Englert
Babyteeth #13 cover by Garry Brown and Mark Englert

Babyteeth #13 is another bonkers issue of the Donny Cates and Garry Brown horror series. The reader is taken into this particular vision of Hell with the lead characters in the hopes that Clark and Heather can be saved, and the creature designs are both insane and fantastic.

We get to meet the ruler of the Red Realm, which Olivia and Simon call Satan. In fairness, there are a lot of reasons to believe it is the genuine article.

The repeated use of the f-bomb becomes a bit goofy before long, and it cuts some of the tension from the comic. I am no prude and don’t shy away from said f-bomb in my personal life, but using it over and over again comes off as trying to be edgy.

Babyteeth #13 art by Garry Brown, Mark Englert, and letterer Taylor Esposito
Babyteeth #13 art by Garry Brown, Mark Englert, and letterer Taylor Esposito

Garry Brown’s artwork doesn’t disappoint, and the aforementioned monster designs are truly a thing of beauty. The messy design of the comic complements the surreality of the Red Realm and the constantly beleaguered family of Sadie and Clark. Mark Englert’s color work is a blend of reds, browns, and blacks that does a lot of the atmosphere-building in the Red Realm. It adds a lot to the visuals and conveys the feeling that the Red Realm is a wrong place that shares little in common with our world.

Babyteeth #13 is another great issue from the AfterShock series. We get to see the monstrosities that lurk within the Red Realm, and we get to see Sadie’s family rise to the challenges that lay before them. This comic earns a recommendation. I suggest checking it out.

Babyteeth #13 comes to us from writer Donny Cates, artist Garry Brown, color artist Mark Englert, letterer Taylor Esposito, and cover artist Garry Brown with Mark Englert.

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