Friday, June 10, 2022

Comics Review: "Nyx #7" is an Excellent Seventh Issue

NYX #7

STORY: Christos Gage
ART: Marc Borstel
COLORS: Jordi Escuin Llorach
LETTERS: Taylor Esposito
EDITOR: Matt Idelson
COVER: Giuseppe Matteoni
VARIANT COVER ARTISTS: Rose Besch; Fernando Dagnino; Geebo Vigonte with Ivan Nunes; Alvaro Lopez with Jason Wordie; Alvaro Sarraseca with Salvatore Aiala; Mel Rubi; Geebo Vigonte; Giuseppe Matteoni, Alvaro Lopez
32pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (June 2022)

Rated T+

Nyx created by Tom Sniegoski and Ed McGuinness

“... And Be a Mom of Chaos!”

Nyx is a Vampirella comic book character.  She is the daughter of Chaos the Mad God and a human woman, making Nyx half-demon and half-human, but she needs to feed on human life force in order to live.  Nyx was created by writer Tom Sniegoski and artist Ed McGuinness and first appeared in Harris Comics' Vengeance of Vampirella #23 (cover dated: February 1996).  She is a longtime enemy and sometimes friend of Vampirella.

The character now has her own solo comic book series, entitled Nyx.  It is written by Christos Gage; drawn by Marc Borstel; colored by Jordi Escuin Llorach; and lettered by Taylor Esposito.  The series finds Nyx dealing with her emerging human side, although her demon side is still powerful and hungry for human life force.

As Nyx #7 (“... And Be a Mom of Chaos!”) opens, Nyx is stuck with the deal she made with her father, the Mad God Chaos.  She only has to train her younger half-siblings on how to reconcile their dual natures – their human and demon sides.  But they're toddlers!  Now, Nyx is forced to outsmart her father and speed up the process of dealing with three half-bothers:  Sammael, Behemoth, and Cosmic, and two half-sisters, Tunrida and Flux.

But how does a half-demon with the power of a volcano face the ultimate challenge – parenthood?!

THE LOWDOWN:  In July 2021, Dynamite Entertainment's marketing department began providing me with PDF review copies of some of their titles.  One of them is Nyx #7, the seventh issue of the series that I have read.

I am having a difficult time categorizing Nyx.  It is a dark fantasy comic book, but it is also a comedy of domestic, family, and workplace dimensions.  If “good comics” were a comic book genre, then, that is where Nyx would belong.  Christos Gage continues to make Nyx clever and funny, pitting his lovable lead against a menagerie of interesting weirdos in supporting and guest character roles.

Marc Borstel's lovely art and straight-forward storytelling with Jordi Escuin Llorach's dark-ish colors make this an oddball delight to behold.  Borstel does some of his best work in Nyx #7, transforming Nyx into a true pin-up queen.  It was hard for me to ignore this issue's runway fashions.  So excellent writing and beautiful illustrations equal a comic book series that is hugely enjoyable.  And that's Nyx.  So read it, dear readers.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Vampirella comic books will want to try Nyx.

[This comic book includes “Dynamite Dispatch” June 2022, which features an interview with writer Christopher Priest.]


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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