Apr 13th, 2016
The masterminds of D4VE reunite with HOT DAMN, and theyâ€™re taking you straight to Hell. Hard living catches up to Teddy, and eternal damnation awaitsâ€”but itâ€™s nothing like the good book tells you. Hell is a therapy session you can never leaveâ€¦
I think Ryan Ferrier was high when he came up with the concept for Hot Damn. Like he was sitting around stoned with some friends and was like â€œDude, what if hell was like a place where people just need to live pretty shitty lives and they like need to come to terms with all the bad shit theyâ€™ve done in their life before they can really begin repenting and stuffâ€. Thatâ€™s pretty much what the story is like in HOT DAMN, as it reads like a stoner movie starring James Franco as Teddy and Danny McBride as Costello (the main protagonist, Teddyâ€™s Demon Sponsor). There isnâ€™t much of a plot, just one wacky silly moment to the next, mostly things going for the â€œlulzâ€, and there are quite a few of those. While Iâ€™m not the biggest fan of Valentin Ramonâ€™s sullen gray water color like style, he does throw in a lot of Easter egg background humor, and handles the layouts pretty damn well. His hell really does look a bustling, busy yet completely lifeless city full of sadness and despair, but mixed with tons of disgusting potty humor locations (a bar dedicated to â€œButt Stuffâ€). Essentially what you have is a plot that is full of Garth Ennis style humor about life in HELL and just what a denizen has to experience day to day. Itâ€™s not a terrible read, but there are a lot of funnier books out there.
- The Hey!: Fun concept, mixed with some good humor moments from Ryan Ferrier (it feels a lot like his D4VE) just mix in heaven and hell.
- The Eh: There isnâ€™t much past the humor. Sometimes it feels like the story is really just there for these jokes to make an appearance.
- The What?!: The therapy session with the goat head demon is pretty fun.
- Who should read this series?: If youâ€™re a fan of Ferrier then definitely pick this up. If you enjoy stoner movies like Pineapple Express and This is the End, you might end up enjoying Teddyâ€™s life in hell.
- Why should you buy this book?: The art and humor mix well, and itâ€™s definitely a different take on a lot of typical heaven and hell conventions that you find in a lot of stories.