A Masterful Meditation On Faith and Grime From DC Horror Presents

Religion is often central to horror stories, and for good reason. Whatever your beliefs, the idea of ​​the unknown and the inexplicable provides a rich playground for stories that speak about the limitations of the human experience and play with our hopes and fears of what could be and our place in it. Then it makes sense that DC Horror Presents Soul Plumber #1 centers around a deeply religious man and what he believes is his calling in the service of his lord. While it’s clear from the start that this isn’t just a story that isn’t for the sensitive or squeamish, nor is it for everyone, this debut promises a horror story that works both in the terror of the demonic unknown and the wickedness of humanity itself. .

soul plumber follows Edgar Wiggins, a deeply religious young man (you could rightly describe him as fanatic) who works at an Indianapolis gas station after being kicked out of seminary for reasons undisclosed. For Edgar, working at the gas station is part of his calling. He sees it as a way to save souls for his god and is especially interested in that of Scuzz, the supposedly homeless and mentally ill man who complains and panhandles outside the gas station. Edgar finds some kind of kindred spirit in Elk, a gas station patron who has found his own fiery spiritual path in what can only politely be described as a disturbing fringe of online belief that liberally uses the f-word. If the story stopped there, it would be interesting enough to see these characters team up for various problems.

But the story doesn’t stop there. Edgar is deeply focused on serving God, and when a man arrives at the gas station one evening and works as a “soul plumber” and invites Edgar to learn more, that’s the moment that sets everything in motion, as it is for Edgar proposes the method by which he can “save” souls. What works especially well is that while this is a horror story and the issue never loses sight of that, it’s also a tragedy. There is a sadness for Edgar, a serious pity that is hard to deviate from. Although he is a zealot and the kind of person who will try to save your soul even at the slightest transgression, he believes sincerely and, more than that, he cares. And when the Soul Plumber guy invites Edgar to his recruiting meeting, it’s hard not to feel protective as the reader is aware that this is all a scam. At a time when conspiracy theories and street peddlers are chasing the lost and asking questions at a truly terrifying pace, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski do an amazing job writing Edgar in a way that the real horror doesn’t feel like the alien stuff that’s about to happen. to begin with, but Edgar’s own exploitation.

When it comes to the artwork in this song, everything has kind of a greasy, sticky, unclean feel to it and it’s accomplished brilliantly. John McCrea and PJ Holden, accompanied by the colors of Mike Spicer, really give the world Edgar lives a visceral feel. You smell the gas station, experience Scuzz’s lack of hygiene, almost even feel the musty and dampness of Elk and his weird internet beliefs. Combining art with writing, soul plumber #1 fires on all cylinders for a strange and unique immersive experience. The only real downside to the issue is that it ends well when things sort of get “right”, with Edgar trying his own unapproved Soul Plunger device on poor Scuzz. You just know that something terrible is about to happen, but the comic will have you uncomfortably waiting to find out exactly what.

It seems a bit strange to call a horror comic that is rooted in religion and populated by awkward characters with art and colors that make you feel like they need to wash their hands after reading them a masterpiece, especially after just one. expense, but that’s what soul plumber is. Combining existential questions, pitiful yet identifiable characters, and terrifying events that work on multiple levels, it’s a comic that will make readers think, question their own approach to the spiritual unknown, and perhaps even sit uncomfortably with their own. preconceptions about the freaks. and madmen among us. It’s absolutely brilliant.

published by DC Comics

on October 5, 2021

Written by Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski

art by John McCrea and PJ Holden

Color by Mike Spicer

letters by means of Becca Carey

Cover by John McCrea and Mike Spicer

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