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Route 666 #12

Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2003
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Tony Bedard
Artists: Karl Moline(p), Drew Geraci(i), Nick Bell(c)
Publisher: CGE

While I'm still unsure of Tony Bedard's decision to essentially start Route 666 from scratch, this issue has to be one of the funniest stories in the series. Told from the points of view of Cassie's nemeses the story draws laughs through the creatues' half-witted attempts to feign humanity and stay alive.

Mr. Bedard set-up the setting last issue. The mind-wiped Cassie returns home without the ability to see the truths behind the masks. A wanted fugitive, she blissful and unaware of the fact returns home to her loving parents. Her real parents however have been taken in for questioning by the FBI. In their place, dim-witted cuckoos rule the nest.

I expected a fierce battle between Cassie and the monsters: something akin to her visceral proof of the adage "the pen is mightier than the sword" with regard to Dr. Melchior. Instead, Mr. Bedard surprises with the monsters being afraid of her.

The Slayer is a figure of fear in the demon community. Rightfully so. The monsters and the Slayer knows that her job is to turn them into dust. Cassie however even when in the know about her powers always felt less confident than the Slayer-born. She no doubt believed she was lucky enough to survive. The monsters' points of view are quite different and make sense when one considers Cassie has left a trail of monster bodies in her wake. I'm more reminded of The Simpsons episode in which Mr. Burns infers the possession of a razor-sharp tactical mind by union Leader Homer Simpson than an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Karl Moline relishes the chance to display his flair for comedy. He shows the desperation in the domestic doppelgangers' body language and expression as they try to appease Cassie, whom they believe is merely toying with them before delivering the coup de grace. He times a traditional serial killer horror scene for the juiciest punchline. He understates a look of hapless acceptance as the creatures wait for their inevitable doom. This is a very unusual but welcome issue of Route 666.



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