**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD**
Former Archie artists Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent have teamed up to create Die Kitty Die!. In this hilarious parody series, a witch (Kitty) is her publisher’s target. While he tries to kill her, she has to find a way to fake her death so he will stop sending his goons after her.
Like the Archie comics, this issue is split up into chapters. The first is “Kitty & Dippy in Ass-Id Trip.” In it, we learn how Dippy, Kitty’s ghost friend, was killed—the title of this chapter is fitting. Chapter two is entitled “Boo-Ty Call.” In this chapter, Dippy tries to kill Kitty, but she calls ‘Lil Satan to help her out. In the third chapter, “Hell’s Bitchin’,” he sends Dippy and his ghost friends to Hell. This is where Kitty decides to fake her death. In chapter four, “Kat Got Your Tongue,” her publisher has already found her replacement.
The first thing I want to say is that, despite its cartoonish demeanor, this book is not for children. Themes of sexualization, mild profanity, death, the pararnormal, and violence are all present. I must say, though, the teen comic art style that we’re used to seeing in Parent’s work surprised me when paired with such adult content. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing at all; I was just a little jarred.
There is some excellent character interaction in this issue, even with the adult language and themes. The dialogue is written in such a way that the issue goes by at a pretty fast pace. Dippy and Kitty always have comebacks to each other’s dialogue, which is really endearing. These two seem like they would make the best of friends, if it weren’t for Kitty’s publisher bribing Dippy to kill her.
The art changes from chapter to chapter. The first one is covered in Ben-Day dots, creating a more old school aesthetic. The latter two chapters have really smooth line work with solid coloring by Glenn Whitmore. The inking is done perfectly, and allows the characters a lot of room to express emotion. Seeing as the creators are two artists who worked on Archie, it’s impossible for me not to relate the artwork back to that series. It’s simple yet interesting, straightforward yet fun, and all around beautiful.
This is a series that pushes the boundaries of reality but still has enough relatability to keep us interested. This is a great read for adults and teenagers (it’s rated “T”). It has a fun writing style, serious themes, hilarious characters, and lighthearted artwork. Any Archie fan or Dan Parent fan is going to love this series, so head over to your local comic book shop (comicshoplocator.com) and give it a read!
Written & Illustrated by: Fernando Ruiz & Dan Parent