Kim Reaper #1

Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. UNLIKE most university students, Kim’s job is pretty dang cool: she’s a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife. Like most university students, Becka has a super intense unrequited crush. UNLIKE most university students, Becka’s crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn’t know that. Unaware of the ghoulish drama she’s about to step into, Becka finally gathers up the courage to ask Kim on a date! But when she falls into a ghostly portal and interrupts Kim at her job, she sets off a chain of events that will pit the two of them against angry cat-dads, vengeful zombies, and perhaps even the underworld itself. But if they work together, they just might make it… and maybe even get a kiss in the bargain.

There are several kinds of “cute” in this world. Space Battle Lunchtime, for instance, is heartwarmingly cute, with just enough snark to keep things interest. Kim Reaper, on the other hand, is the kind of cute you’ll eventually need dentures for.

It starts with the art, which is trying very hard to imitate some of the more recent “for kids but really for young adults” cartoons out there – see Adventure Time – but comes off as a little bandwagon-y. The characters aren’t doing much to help themselves, either…you can practically hear the protagonist’s screechy voice. The writing toddles right along behind everything else, doing its best to annoy.

I’ll admit, the premise is original, and the sequence at the end was on its way to inspired; give it a different tone and art style, and it might just be interesting. Unfortunately I found the whole comic unnecessary. Oni has a lineup of great, cartoony comics; Kim Reaper falls badly into the “you might also like” bin.

Final Verdict: 2 out of 5.

Kim Reaper can be found at Oni Press.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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