The last two comics I reviewed were pretty serious stories, so if you’ve been waiting for something more comedic, I’ve got a suggestion for you. Dangerously Chloe is the story of a succubus who is trying to save the soul of her would-be victim. How’s that for a premise?
The story opens with Teddy, a nerdy high school student, accidentally making a blood pact with a demonic totem figure, promising his soul in exchange for a girlfriend. Enter Chloe, a succubus who is sent to be his girlfriend and take his soul. So when Teddy finds out that consummating the relationship with his new found friend will result in his death and eternal damnation, he doesn’t want any part of it. Swayed by the pleas of Teddy’s little sister Abby (as Teddy is the only family she has left), Chloe decides to help Teddy get out of the Satanic contract by finding him a girlfriend to take her place, which would exploit a loophole in the contract.
Unfortunately, as a succubus, Chloe’s powers are mostly only useful for doing bad things and trying to be helpful isn’t her forte. Her quest to help Teddy seems to only get him in deeper trouble, and though she means well, none of her plans work out right. In fact that seem to universally fail in disastrous and hilarious fashion.
The story reminds me a little bit of Tenchi Muyo as well, as Teddy starts to have to interact with other demons and angels who are part of Chloe’s world. While they aren’t all pursuing his affections the way they do in Tenchi, there is still the comedic element of the normal guy interacting with a variety of strange and powerful women who bring unexpected disruptions to his life.
Dangerously Chloe was created by Gisele Lagace and Dave Lumsdon who are mostly in charge of the story with editing help from T. Campbell. The story is clever and continuously humorous, with great comedic scenarios as well as some solid running jokes. There are a lot of dialogue exchanges that I could actually see working really well in a film or on TV, which I think is impressive. Often things you think of that would work when delivered by an actor don’t quite work in writing, but the writers for Dangerously Chloe seem to have found a way to make it work.
The art, by Cassandra Wedeking, is quite good. It is similar to manga in terms of its style, which in my opinion, makes it a cut above the average comic strip’s art. She does use a little bit of the Chibi style art early on in the run, which I’m not as big a fan of, but the longer the series goes, the less it appears (either that or I just totally stopped taking notice of it).
For those who don’t know, Dangerously Chloe is also sort of a sequel to the comic Eerie Cuties where Chloe first appears as a character. I have never read Eerie Cuties, so I can say that you aren’t going to be confused or lacking in information if you decide to jump right into Dangerously Chloe, but those of you who want start from the very very beginning should keep that in mind.
All-in-all I highly recommend this story. It is tons of fun and a very quick read. In fact, I can’t wait for more updates!