We literally start in Hell. With Super Pointy Face Karnak. He owns a castle, so he's a lord. More tellingly, he has a bat-shaped cloak clasp, iust like Iack Skellington's bowtie. I therefore name Karnak King of part of Hell. Again, the pointy face of Karnak reminds me of a cartoon . . . film. I think. The fact that I can recognise that certain styles were copied, but not where is really bugging me.
It seems our plot for this arc will be: Karnak must stop TIM from taking over Hell.
But what kind of nimrod Lord would have power gloves
which contain at least part of his power? Karnak would! Still, I have hope for this arc.
Demon-spider-woman! But we have a nice piece of Dominiverse lore: living people can be banished to Hell by white magic. That's a bit counterintuitive, you'd have thought healing magic would kill people; and black magic - being evil - would be able to banish people to Hell. ((Is this common for DnD?)) However, I would like to find out what happens when a living person is killed in Hell.
Hold on a second. On closer inspection Demon-Spider-Woman seems to have hooves. So is she actually meant to be a centaur? Because I despise and fear horses with a passion, but even I know horses legs don't move that way. Or is she balancing on paper chain? Wot? Massive art fail.
Six-legged centaur wot
. And in p.2 Centaursect is sitting with her horse's body on the floor and horses. do. not. work. that. way.
And then her central legs look like spaghetti.
Oh, and excessive gorn is not funny
. Even with Centaursect's tongue sticking out as her head's being ripped off. Which definitely wouldn't work, but I'll pass that off as the Power Glove's Magic. Karnak and TIM love the Power Gloves.
Excessive boobage is not funny.
And really, if they're warriors, they'd wear something a little more restrictive than that. I read in the Encyclopaedia Dominica
of a phenomenum called Balloon Boobs. I'd like that add that in Hell all women suffer from Balloon Boobies. No matter what they looked like on earth.
More gore. Not funny. Very dark. It's not too badly draw, iust a big toneshift. Extendable hand onna string
. Weird power. Why don't you iust cut the string.
Karnak, the Demon of Wounds
. . . first off: awesome title. Second off: nice gloating speech. Especially given that your mini-army has been slaughtered and TIM is wearing your Power Gloves. ((I think we can chalk TIM up as having a Dramatic Past - sold his soul to a demon so he wouldn't die. Iustifies: being completely and utterly evil.))
In addition: why have all the dismembered people been shown with their tongue sticking out? It looks goofy and detracts from the drama of having TIM fighting a demon lord of Hell
. Even if Karnak is gross
and eats dead women's internal organs. Plus he's making another Faustian pact
. I'm guessing that Karnak wants a Deegan - the GD himself? - dead. After all, the world revolves around the Dominus. But Karnak makes a good point: TIM could
iust drink a dryad's blood. They can't be all that uncommon, and he did pretty well the first time until he bumped into the Deegan Host.
But gloating is fun.
And I was right. It's the DOminus
. Although I'm left to wonder how TIM can read without any eyeballs. Or why TIM doesn't simply beat Karnak endlessly into the ground, imprisons him and takes over Karnak's region of Hell. But TIM's hardly the brightest Infernomancer in the universe, and revenge is always fun. But it's still a plot hole. A logical one.
Karnak is a Demon Lord of Hell. Smeg, he even has his own title, castle and army; but he can't kill one
Infernomancer and take back his Power Gloves? Is Karnak really weak? Was he once human? He looks
more human than everyone else I've seen so far in Hell. Even TIM
looks more demonic than Karnak.
Creepy grin and internal monologue make for a good villain
. I think it's because the smile is off-centre and off-model for a normal person, so it adds a nice bit of demon to Karnak. Plus from the monologue we can see how smart Karnak actually is: he had maybe five minutes to think of a plan once he discovered that the Power Gloves can bond to another person. Question: why would a Demon Lord of Hell make and wear weapons which can bond to another person? That kind of defeats the purpose of ruling in Hell where betrayal is pretty expected. In p.3 Karnak looks a bit um, cutesy. But p.4 mostly makes up for it.
Okay, next page -
Four guest strips/fan art?!?!
After the introduction to a dark and promising arc! THE HELL MOOKIE?
The worst part is that all four
(this one's really funny too, so it beats out most DD
strips) of them
have art that is as good, or better than, the original artwork. Especially the one for 08/11/2003.
What tension and interest there was is completely ruined by the comedic value of the filler. And the fact the Mookie put guest strip/fanart FILLER into the comic right after starting the next maior arc in his story!
At least have the common decency to do it after
a story arc concludes, not after introducing the main frellin' plot
This is not making me feel well disposed towards The Ecstasy and the Evil
. I have, however, discovered what the Evil mentioned in the title is: meaningless guest art filler. Sure, some of it's funny, but that's no excuse for ruining the pacing of your story, which was trotting along quite nicely, art aside.
Karnak poses some good opportunities for villainy and antics though. Same for TIM. Especially now he has the Power Gloves. He loves the Power Gloves.