Graphic Novel Review | Evil Ernie Volume 1: Origin of Evil by Jesse Snyder
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Evil Ernie Volume 1: Origin of Evil by Jesse Snyder
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment on December 31, 2013
Genres: Horror, 18+
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About the Book:
Ernest Fairchild was a kind, gentle soul... until one day something snapped, leading him to launch the most notorious killing spree in American history! With 665 kills to his name, "Evil Ernie" required only one more victim to complete a demonic rite of passage: his foster father Buford, a wicked and sadistic convict incarcerated at Widmark Prison. Captured by authorities, Ernie eagerly awaits execution at his father's prison... because his electrifying demise will unleash the unkillable boogeyman inside him! What led an ordinary boy to become a leather-clad angel of death? How does he wield such blasphemous power? And what is the sinister secret behind the foul-mouthed smiley-face button that incites him to kill? The founding fiend of Chaos Comics is back, reinvented for a new generation! Collects Dynamite Entertainment's complete six-issue comic book storyline from Evil Ernie #1-6. Bonus material includes an extensive cover gallery featuring artwork by Tim Seeley (G.I.Joe Vs. Transformers, Hack/Slash), Dan Brereton (Batman: Thrillkiller, Nocturnals), Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men), and more.
Evil Ernie is a sadistically beautiful masterpiece. I’m sure I wasn’t supposed to go “Eww“, “Oh Sh*t“, “For real?“, “Did that just happen?“, and “OMG” after every page I read. Nevertheless, that pretty much sums up my reactions. I couldn’t even formulate one complete sentence because my mind had become nothing but one-word phrases. What the heck is going on? And why do I – crazy as this may sound – LOVE it? I grabbed Evil Ernie because I was looking for a cool quick read to get my comic book fix. However, I had no idea that I’d be sucked into a devilish world or murder and mayhem, good and evil. And by golly, I loved every minute of it – every kill, every gush of blood, every redeeming factor in Ernie as we learned about his past and his evil foster-father. So maybe Evil Ernie is not so bad, really. In the grand scheme of things, maybe Evil Ernie is just seeking his place in the world whatever that might be. Is he an angel of death, or is he just a psycho with an evil clown button from the devil that gives him advice and eats people? Yeah, sounds crazy right?
Evil Ernie Volume 1 is a complete six-issue comic book from compiling Evil Ernie Issues #1-6. From the very beginning, I was hooked.
A young Ernest Fairchild walks a really, really long way to visit his incarcerated foster father, Buford King. Once there, “Evil Ernie” after appearing all sweet and innocent to the guards, goes bananas on Buford, stabbing him repeatedly in an attempt to end his life to complete a demonic rite of passage. Next, we jump ahead and see Ernie sitting in the electric chair. The youngest person in the USA to be executed in sixty years. By this point, if your jaw isn’t dangling somewhere around your feet, you might as well stop reading. Because after this intense scene, the story takes another turn and there is nothing but death and destruction waiting for you until the very end. Blood. Gore. Violence. Lots of violence.
Now, I have to admit. This is an absolutely INSANE storyline. You see a battered kid who tries to do right, prays every night and then one day just gives up. I felt sorry for Ernie. Especially in Issues #3 and #4 when he meets someone who tries to explain why his life is the way it is. You can see a tender side to him – despite all the crazy – and when the evil yellow smiley face kills said person, you can almost feel Ernie’s pain. He’s conflicted. Struggling with not only his internal demons but also the demon button (yea this sounds nuts right?). And his foster-father is just an outright scumbag. But he’s an awesome villain…
Overall, I recommend this comic/graphic novel to those of you who don’t mind something a little unconventional. The artwork is decent but it’s the creepy characters who will keep you reading. Just make sure your stomach can handle what your eyes are about to see. Don’t say I didn’t warn you though…