The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #1 from Aspen Comics. David Wohl writes, Giuseppe Cafaro draws, Wes Hartman colors, and Josh Reed letters.

Naomi is an EMT who’s studying to be a doctor. She and her partner respond to a call that goes wrong, but Naomi’s quick action gets them out safely. The next call takes them to a small botanica not far away, where the owner and a teenager are dying of gunshot wounds. The owner mumbles to Naomi about a “gift,” then dies. She manages to save the boy, but that might not work out so well.

This issue is as much a history lesson as a modern story; it serves to remind us of how little we understand certain spiritual topics. It sets up what’s coming for Naomi so that we can grasp the full horror of it, in a way that even Naomi probably won’t. The book handles the exposition well, too, keeping it out of the way of the story. And the art establishes the brightness and color of the “normal” world before it shoves Naomi into the darkness that’s coming.

It’s a study in contrasts, and it all balances out beautifully. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this story goes. Check it out for yourself.

SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #1 is available now at your FLCS or at aspencomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )