Purr Evil #1 Review
Purr Evil #1 review
Written by: Mirka Andolfo
Art by: Laura Braga
Published by: Image Comics
You know those people who are a little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll? I’m a little bit f*cking adorable and a little bit dark n’ morbid. So when I saw the cover for Purr Evil, which implied both nakey cats and demonic nakey cats, I was totally on board. Sign me up- I’ll take eleven. Come on, we’ve all seen those shorts/reels/tiktoks of the nakey cats at bath time. Multiple sets of glowing red eyes would only make that cuter.
So we’ve bonded over our mutual love of nakey cats, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. While visually stunning, and I mean STUNNING, Purr Evil is lacking in both the purr and the evil. I know! Shocking! With seemingly four storylines in the first issue, the most compelling is the burgeoning romance between the two teen characters (I’m adorable, but they are double adorable).
Now I’m not a doctor, but I am an internet doctor. I say this because in my very legitimate opinion, this book suffers from First Issue Syndrome. Common symptoms include too much story, too little story, iffy art, and the very serious page turn-itis. You’ve never heard of page turn-itis? It’s the loss of interest or pleasure in turning book pages. You’re probably saying to yourself, “She’s not a doctor, but she is an internet doctor. She must know what she’s talking about.” And I do.
FIS has a very simple solution and it’s simply more issues. I really enjoy what the book is setting up but it was hard to see the evil cats through the slice of life. A mother-daughter duo with a je ne sais pa that makes you want to learn more. A father and son mourning the loss of their matriarch but also trying to find out if the mother in the mother-daughter duo is a dead rockstar?
Teenage friends turned more with consequences that are mentioned in a single panel but not explained anywhere else in the issue. While this universe wasn’t introduced with a BANG, maybe this first issue is more of a lowercase bang with a looming crescendo.
This is going on my pull list. After everything is said, I still want to see where this is trying to go. The art and colors are electric, and the overall feel has potential. AND there is a less than zero percent chance that there are going to be evil, nakey cats. I really can’t lose.
Do I know Sabrina? Sabrina…Sabrina….Oh, you mean her? Yeahh. She’s wild. Homegirl throws solo dance parties in her bedroom. She writes like nobody’s reading…because they aren’t (yet). She is an award-winning baker and has seen every episode of every season of ALL the Star Treks, and Stargates except Stargate Universe because it wasn’t right. Perpetual teenager. 4’11 of sass and sarcasm. She’s obsessed with cats. Single if you can believe it. All around nerd, and just too weird for her own good. AND SHE’S PROUD OF IT?