More than 20 years in the making, Howard Chaykin brings his own definition of an erotic thriller for the second time in Black Kiss 2. I obviously didn’t get to read the first installment back in 1988 since I was only six, and from reading Black Kiss 2, I’m only going to assume it was not appropriate for my pure six year old eyes. Lucky for all you who dare to explore the darker side of American culture and fetishes, I have read Black Kiss 2 for you and probably read a lot deeper into it than Chaykin maybe had intended.
Black Kiss 2 is a 6 part series being released by Image that’s broken down into chapters within each issue. Issue #1 has two strangely erotic chapters that are heavily influenced by a demonic succubus. Although each chapter takes place in different decades, the stories in part are moments of American history, the rise of American cinema and the sinking of the Titanic.
I don’t know what Howard Chaykin was trying to portray or “say” in Black Kiss 2. I perceive there is a much deeper meaning than just people being raped by a demonic succubus. My interpretation is like an art major staring at splashes of paint on canvas or a mental patient making shapes out of ink blots, the meanings are endless and whatever I want them to be. I believe Black Kiss 2 is an exploration of human natures darker being. The succubus only creates what the people want, and then takes those pleasures one step too far. It’s all quite brash but comes out looking eloquent.
Howard Chaykin’s writing style is educated and has undertones of deeper meaning. His art is classic and portrays the era’s in which his stories take place very well. After reading Black Kiss 2 I can’t imagine it being drawn in any other form, it just wouldn’t seem right. It’s a book that’s not for the faint of heart, it’s raw and unforgiving, expect plenty of dong shots, vagina lips, and even DP. The writing is so intriguing and educated that the highly sexualized art becomes and after thought. I spent most of the time trying to find a deeper meaning, in fact there might not even be a deeper meaning, it could just be a demonic succubus fucking with people. I’m not sure if it’s art, poetry, or just a damn well written comic book.
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