A Sobering Account Of The Anti-Nativity Collected In Babyteeth Year One HC

by Brendan M. Allen

Sadie Ritter is sixteen years old, nine months pregnant, and scared out of her sweet nerdy mind. Having a baby that young is tough, but with the support of her loving family behind her, everything should be okay. Oh yeah, and also her baby is the Antichrist and it’s going to break open the barriers between the earthly and demonic planes and unleash eternal suffering to all of humankind. Other than that, though…should be fine.

From Donny Cates, the writer of Buzzkill, Paybacks, Redneck and the break-out hit God Country, comes a pulse-pounding new series with art from The Revisionist’s Garry Brown!

Back in June 2017, Donny Cates (Redneck, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Thanos) and Garry Brown (Black Road, John Carter: The End) teamed up to bring us Babyteeth, a story of the not-so-immaculate conception and birth of the actual Antichrist. The setting for this maybe just slightly blasphemous take? Salt Lake City, Utah, of all places.

Sadie Ritter’s a pretty normal teen, except the one small thing. She’s pregnant. With the Antichrist. While that setup might naturally unfold in the exact opposite manner as the Nativity, it’s actually pretty sweet. You know, once you get past the mystery of the baby’s father, the massive earthquakes that coincide with young Sadie’s contractions, and the destruction of the barrier between earthly and demonic planes.

When her baby is finally delivered, Sadie names him Clark (after Superman). Others will call him by different names. Among them are The King of Ash, Void-Lord, The Antichrist, and The Final Son. Sadie’s little family rallies around her, even though she refuses to give up Clark’s daddy.

Being a single teen mother is tough enough, and out of nowhere, Clark won’t latch, won’t take a bottle, and won’t sleep. Then there’s the whole Antichrist thing. Unleashing eternal suffering on all mankind. An unending string of assassins waiting in the wings to hunt baby Clark down to kill him. Sadie has her hands full.

Donny Cates delivers a script full of dark humor, terrifying reveals, and tender moments. There are even a couple slick nods to 2014’s Ghost Fleet, which, if you haven’t already read, I highly recommend. Garry Brown’s art is beautifully brutal and sells Cates’ script brilliantly. The depth of detail in the landscapes and scenery makes modern day Salt Lake City pop off the page. Brown’s character designs are distinctive and authentic, with a wide range of emotion.

Aside from the Anti-Nativity angle, with the demons and demon hunters and the blaspheming, Babyteeth at its core is a story of family, loyalty, and sacrifice. Sadie’s little nuclear family rallies around her, even though she refuses to give up Clark’s daddy, and this little bundle might literally bring forth the end of the universe. It’s a highly engaging, emotional read.

Babyteeth Year One HC, AfterShock Comics, published 05 December 2018. Written by Donny Cates, art by Gary Brown, color by Mark Englert, letters by Taylor Esposito.

Brendan M. Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? You bet! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. It's a rough gig. You can follow Brendan on Twitter @SaintAmish where he mostly tweets about comic books and cystic fibrosis awareness.

Leave a Reply