Wednesday, September 27, 2023



STORY: Rodney Barnes
ART: Szymon Kudranski
COLORS: Luis Nct with mar and Silvestre Galotto
LETTERS: Marshall Dillon
EDITOR: Greg Tumbarello
COVER: Szymon Kudranski
28pp, Colors, 3.99 U.S. (October 2022)

Rated “M/ Mature”

Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog created by Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander

“Murder By Another Name” Part III: “A Devil by Another Name”

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 #9 (“A Devil by Another Name”) opens with a meeting of the minds between Anasi (the Spider-God) and the self-styled “Master Demon of Hell,” Belial (one of the four demon kings).  It seems that whatever war is going on in Philadelphia (as seen in the super-comic book, Killadelphia), the repercussions are destined for two Maryland burgs, Baltimore (“Bodymore”) and Annapolis (“Naptown”).

A darkness is spreading through Annapolis because the echo of a lost soul murdered in cold blood has come back, screaming for vengeance.  The only thing standing in its way is Nita Hawes because she has chosen to be that thing.  Little brother Jason returns to warn Nita a second time about involving herself in this mystery, but will she listen?  Or is she going to pay the price to stop this evil?  Is she willing?

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,” makes direct connections to recent events in Killadelphia.

I think that this is a quiet issue, the hints of Killadelphia blow back aside.  Writer Rodney Barnes offers something new and usually mind-blowing in every issue that he writes.  The surprise this time is the Nita Hawes' evolution – as I see it.  Has she embraced her destiny fully?  By my reading, I don't sense the fear in her about her new profession (so to speak) that I have in previous issues.  She has begun the hero's journey … I think.

As I wrote in a previous review: I am in love with Szymon Kudranski's lovely art, especially how he subtly shifts the atmosphere and lighting for each change of scenery.  This issue he joins colorist Luis Nct to create one of the most unsettling creatures that I have seen in comic books in a long time – the demon king Belial.  This concepts recalls classic creations of Steve Bissette and John Totleben in the 1980s Swamp Thing written by Alan Moore.

I said: Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog is like if “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” and Hellblazer knocked demonic boots and conceived a black baby girl.  Now, that she is here, please, read Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of Killadelphia and of the original Hellblazer will want Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog.

10 out of 10

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

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