NITA HAWES' NIGHTMARE BLOG #10
STORY: Rodney Barnes
ART: Szymon Kudranski
COLORS: Luis Nct with mar and Silvestre Galotto
LETTERS: Marshall Dillon
EDITOR: Greg Tumbarello
COVER: Szymon Kudranski
VARIANT COVER ARTIST: Richard Clark
28pp, Colors, 3.99 U.S. (November 2022)
Rated “M/ Mature”
Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog created by Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander
“Murder By Another Name” Part IV: “The Autopsy”
Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog is a comic book series created by Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander. Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog is written by Barnes. The current artist is Szymon Kudranski. Colorist Luis Nct and letterer by Marshall Dillon complete the creative team. The series focuses on a woman who is on a quest to root out evil by helping the people who contact her blog.
In Baltimore, Maryland, which some call “Bodymore, Murderland,” there is a woman named Dawnita “Nita” Hawes. She is the owner of “Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog” where citizens can contact Nita when they have a problem of a supernatural or paranormal nature. Nita has just begun her quest to root the evil out of her city – with the help of her dead brother, Jason.
Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog #10 (“The Autopsy”) opens with Nita in the middle of the kind of dream that one never wants to leave. Well, maybe it feels so good because this is the afterlife! Nita is now the prisoner of a lost soul that was once murdered in cold blood. Now, it is back, screaming for vengeance, and the only thing standing in its way is Nita because Nita wanted to be the one standing in the way of darkness.
Meanwhile, her brother, Jason (“chocolatey Casper”), and Anansi the Spider god, the very ones who warned Nita, must go to her rescue. But neither one is aware how way down deep in Hell this conspiracy goes.
THE LOWDOWN: Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog is a spin-off of Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander's hit vampire comic book, Killadelphia. The current story arc, “Murder By Another Name,” is making several direct connections to recent and ongoing events in Killadelphia.
Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog is, on occasion, hellishly dark, but as dark as it can be, it is also playful. Writer Rodney Barnes is a long-time television scribe, and TV writers are quite adept at mixing moods and genres. Even the darkest police procedural has humor that isn't necessarily macabre, and the fizziest sitcoms can be dramatic – poignant and otherwise. Barnes gives this series the attitude that the bad guys, even the nasty, evil bad guys, are having a blast. Simply put, this Nightmare Blog is scary and surprisingly funny – more time than one would think.
Szymon Kudranski's lovely art quivers with the ecstasy of evil and shimmers with a darkness from the pit. Kudranski has mastered horror comics, and may be creating a new graphical storytelling language for horror comic books. Colorist Luis Nct lights up this tenth issue of Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog with infernal hues – talk about scary lighting. Marshall Dillon's lettering perfectly encapsulates the unique darkness and/or evil of each character in this nightmare menagerie.
Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog is one of Image Comics' best titles. There is nothing like it, and dear readers, you will love it.
I READS YOU RECOMMENDS: Fans of Killadelphia and of the original Hellblazer will want Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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