Author: Paul Tobin
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Colorist: Andrea Mutti
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Publisher: AfterShock Comics
Released: February 23, 2022
Do you ever see a trade cover and just know that you have to read it? That’s what happened to me when I saw Bunny Mask: The Chipping of the Teeth. This is a cover that screams to be read. At least, it is for those that enjoy horror and weirdness. Written by Paul Tobin, with artwork by Andrea Mutti (art/colors) and Taylor Esposito (letters), Bunny Mask: The Chipping of the Teeth is a twisted tale of man and the things of nightmares.
There’s unlucky, and then there’s accidentally falling into a horror trope levels of unlucky. You can probably guess which category our unwilling hero falls into. It all started with a wellness check, but that fateful moment cost his partner her life and changed the course of his life forever.
Bee Foster was an unlucky girl with an abusive father. Now she’s a brilliant artist with a particular obsession: Bunny Mask. The woman in a Bunny Mask appears in all of her artwork, as she essentially lives rent-free in Bee’s mind. But what ties these two characters together?
Okay, wow. Bunny Mask: The Chipping of the Teeth does not hesitate to throw readers right into the deep end. Paul Tobin’s tale is as terrifying as compelling, which is saying something. This is one of those stories that sucks readers in as they try and puzzle through the mystery presented to us.
Or maybe I’m just speaking for myself here. I dunno. What I do know is that this Bunny Mask tale is oddly enchanting while being utterly unafraid to delve into the darker side of humanity (and beyond).
This first volume is a strong start to the series. I have so many questions about the connections between the main character, Bee, and Bunny Mask. These questions have yet to be resolved, but I’m sure that they will be in due time. Unfortunately, that means being patient and waiting for the next installment, which sounds like a painful prospect at the moment.
The artwork inside Bunny Mask: The Chipping of the Teeth is quite perfect for the story. All credit goes to Andrea Mutti (art and colors) and Taylor Esposito (letters) for that feat. I imagine it is challenging to find the right balance when it comes to portraying graphic elements, of which there are plenty in this volume.
I personally liked the artistic license Mutti took from time to time. The colors aren’t solid, but that adds an ethereal sense to the story, which is highly appropriate. Esposito’s lettering really tied it all together, as there is so much happening both in plain sight and behind the scenes.
Bunny Mask: The Chipping of the Teeth is a haunting and worthwhile read. I can see many readers either loving or hating it, depending on their mood or preferences. And that’s okay. Personally, I enjoyed the mystery laid out before me, and I look forward to seeing how it unfolds in future volumes.
Thanks to AfterShock and #Edelweiss for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.