Black Kiss 2 #1
Story & Art by Howard Chaykin
Review written by Steve Seigh
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You’re going to need two things when you read Howard Chakin‘s Black Kiss 2 #1: Your thinking cap and more than likely … a box of tissues. I’ve been sitting here for quite a while, staring at a blank screen, while trying to decide how best to summarize this insightful and yet ultimately pornographic comic book. The first thing that one needs to consider when reading Black Kiss 2 #1 is that it’s all about metaphors. If you bear that in mind, and can not only view, but accept the deviate sexual acts happening inside the books black and white pages, as part of a much larger ideal, than you should do just fine. If you look upon the book and all you see is a bourgeois gangbang than you’re doing something wrong.
I’m going to go ahead and say that the first story contained in Black Kiss 2 #1 is a tale about a mysterious Nickelodeon Theater, which appears each night to bring the patrons of a rotten, stinking New York circa 1906, into a state of escapism and submission. And if I’m not completely off the mark here, it’s a book about what we as a canal human race worship in our daily lives.
For example: the way we pour ourselves into our entertainment mediums such as movies, comics, and various electronic devices. And there are those of us who are capable of sucking the fun, talent, and entertainment value right out of everything we create. It’s our fault that these gifts to our collective sanity become lackluster almost immediately. We crave, we clamor, and we starve the artists who just want to share their visions. These mediums we worship are nothing more than a succubus, armed with 18 bulging cocks, waiting to snake their way into your every orifice and stir most unceremoniously.
The second story contained within Black Kiss 2 #1 is a little bit more straight forward. It features that fateful night when the Titanic went down, and a man aboard the ship is taken as a sexual hostage of yet the same demonic woman from the previous story. It’s much simpler to decipher the innuendo and message of this story so I’ll just leave that to you should you choose to give this book a read.
So let’s see … should you read it. I don’t know. The black and white art feels right at home with Chaykin‘s blunt and vulgar writing style but might deter some readers as often times it does become rather busy. However, the thing I see people latching onto much more is, of course, the explicit depiction of various sexual acts throughout the book. But let’s be adult about this, are you of the age or mind where you still can’t handle this kind of thing? If you’re someone who finds this kind of stuff offensive than you’re probably not going to by this book. So my advice to you is that you do what I said earlier, and that is to look at the sexual acts as metaphor. It’s all there for you if you’re willing to accept it.
I don’t know if there is much more I can say. I dove into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it’s content or creator and had found myself pleasantly surprised … and maybe, just maybe a little aroused. Hey-o! But if you’re not willing to let your mental and sexual guard down for even a short period of time, to indulge yourself in a unique adult comic book reading experience, than this book may very well be lost on you.
If the idea of using graphic sexual acts presented as metaphor disturbs you than do not buy this book. However, if you want to indulge yourself, let your guard down, and perhaps have a chew on some really insightful themes surrounding the human mind as well as our animalistic habits, then by all means pony up your cash!