Tuesday, March 5, 2024



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. (February 2023)

Rated “M/ Mature”

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

“Murder By Another Name” Part VI: “Acceptance”

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 #12 (“Acceptance”) opens outside the empty plantation manor that is the base of operations of “Jackie the Ripper,” scourge of Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland.  Police Detective Harden is ready to pop some caps in Jackie, but her erstwhile partner, Nita Hawes, knows that she must follow Jackie into the bowels of the old mansion.

Jackie the Ripper's reign of vengeance comes to a head as she faces off against Nita Hawes, the one woman who might be able to stop her.  Or is Nita the one human who can help Jackie end her painful immortality?  The winner of this battle will learn that victories don't come without a cost … if she didn't know that already.  Plus, Anasi the Spider-God referees.

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,” has come to an end, but not before making several direct connections to recent and ongoing events in Killadelphia.

I find that Barnes has used “Murder By Another Name” emancipate Nita Hawes, in a way.  She seems liberated from the pain and suffering of her pain and suffering – so to speak.  To me, this is how Barnes has evolved the series.  In the beginning, Nita was like a victim helping other victims.  I am assuming that going forward, when someone reaches out via the Nightmare Blog, that person will receive help from a warrior whose weapon is her empathy, which has been forged by trials and tribulations.

Szymon Kudranski's ghostly art is the perfect storytelling vehicle for this series, capturing the ethereal and murky natures of this series' action and drama.  And Kudranki's art allows Luis Nct's signature shadowy and haunting colors to find their most perfect companion.  Not to forget: Marshall Dillon's lettering also gives Barnes' script the sounds from beyond that it deserves.

So it seems that Nita is now headed to Philadelphia for a bit.  So, this can be a break for  you, dear readers; do catch up via the trades.

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


You can buy the NITA HAWES' NIGHTMARE BLOG VOL. 2 trade paperback here at AMAZON.

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


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