Review – DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #1
Artist: John McCrea
Colourist: Mike Spicer
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 6, 2021
With Friends Like These: Part 1
From the creators of The Last Podcast On The Left, exorcism just got a whole lot easier. After attending a seminar hosted in a hotel conference room by a mysterious group called the Soul Plumbers, Edgar Wiggins, disgraced former seminary school student, discovers what he thinks is the secret to delivering souls from the thrall of Satan. But after stealing the blueprints and building the machine himself, out of whatever he can afford from his salary as a gas station attendant, Edgar misses the demon and instead pulls out an inter-dimensional alien with dire consequences for all of mankind.
Writer: Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, Henry Zebrowski
Imagine the movies The Jerk, Ghostbusters and The Exorcist were melded together and you have…Soul Plumbers. The book starts with blissfully stupid Edgar confusing the world around him with the works of the bible leading him to get a dead-end job with a petrol station and thinking he needs to save every soul he meets. Edgar attends an obviously fake seminar on how to exorcise a demon and falls for it hook, line and sinker.
The podcast stars don’t really show how they have broken down the work of developing a script here but to be fair it’s a low hanging fruit of low intelligence Christians that are their target here so most of the jokes are part of the Zeitgeist now. None of the characters is at all likeable, which is a bit of a problem in a new comic. The jokes are gross, infantile and perfect for teenagers.
Artist: John McCrea
McCrea has worked on big titles like 2000AD and Judge Dredd before and his anarchic, identifiably British style of artwork and humour works well with the chaotic script the trio have provided him with. The drawings seem very high energy, with lots of scribbles and heavy lines further adding to the comedy. Spicer’s incredible use of colours always adds a new dimension to a book and after Beta Ray Bill I’m reading anything he’s colouring!
It’s not going to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature, but for a goofy script taking well-loved jokes and tropes and giving them a different angle kind of works well. The writers set the bar low and keep well below its own threshold. If you are looking for a laugh it might not be the worst example out there.
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