DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #1
From the makers of The last podcast on the left, exorcism just got a lot easier. After attending a seminar in a hotel conference room by a mysterious group called the Soul Plumbers, Edgar Wiggins, a disgraced former seminary school student, discovers what he believes is the secret to freeing souls from the bondage of Satan.
Words by: Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski
Art by: John McCrea and PJ Holden
Coloring by: Mike Spicer
Letters by: Becca Carey
With the horror season among us, DC brings Soul Plumber. From the creative team of Last Podcast on the Left, we get the story of gas station exorcisms, religious con artists and a lost soul trying to find its way into the kingdom of the gods.
Edgar Wiggins is looking for his place in the world after dropping out of seminary school. His lust for a cause takes him to a seedy gas station in Indianapolis. One random evening, he meets a traveling con man who invites him to a seminar. There Edgar learns his purpose, and, well, all hell breaks loose.
Parks and Zebrowski seamlessly blend humor, satire and horror, with each element mingling with religion. The use of the gas station’s stereotypical customers emphasizes the story’s dark take on religion. Parks and Zebrowski’s characterization of Edgar, Scuzz, Elk and Harvey is seamlessly woven into the story.
The art is bombastic and grainy in the perfect way. McCrea and Holden divide their duties, and each does his part wonderfully. The art and visuals work perfectly to create the dirty and humiliating conditions you would imagine. Each character is unique in their design allowing their personalities to come through the pages. McCrea and Holden have so many elements to combine, and they do it with ease.
The story is great and somehow doesn’t lean too heavily, the satire religion approach is respectful and doesn’t make fun of believers. This style is hard to manage, especially with how sensitive a subject is. They go overboard with the junkie stereotype by getting him addicted to Diet Coke.
Soul Plumber Final Thoughts
Overall, the story in this issue doesn’t lean too much on horror. It is more of a social commentary on religion and lower class life. The end of trouble opens the gates to horror.