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Satan's Prep: 04/06/15

cover art

Satan's Prep by Gabe Guarente is a graphic novel about a high school boy stuck in a high school in purgatory. So he's stuck with monsters, demons, and bullies.

Trevor Loomis ended up in preparatory purgatory after electrocuting himself with his amp. But here's the thing, the book is just the same old hackneyed story of jocks in letterman jackets trying to rule the school, and the wimpy main character, a male, of course, waffling between getting chewed alive by the system (which of course condones the letterman violence), and trying to get the girl (who is more of a trophy for his raging hormones).

Now to make it different, the story has the whole purgatory thing, which apparently means as much gross out artwork as possible. The problem though, is that these underworld stories need the punishment to match the crime or sin. For those who become monsters, their form and powers should also match their crimes. The underworld is a psychological landscape. Santan's Prep has none of that.

Two stars

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