Writer: Stephanie Phillips
Artists: Dean Kotz & Jason Wordie
The first issue of The Butcher of Paris slowly set the stage for one of the most horrific events in Parisian history. I wasn’t familiar with Marcel Petiot prior to checking out this book, and after a little research, I’m shocked that I didn’t. One of the deadliest serial killers in history was completely omitted in Western textbooks. Whether you are familiar with the events that took place or not, The Butcher of Paris is a compelling mystery story.
Stephanie Phillips continues to set the gruesome tone for her story in The Butcher of Paris #2. With all the stakes established, Phillips uses this issue to allow the readers to get to know the protagonists a bit more. Their investigation reveals a bit about both the killer and themselves, and Phillips does a fine job of allowing the reader to discover these elements naturally. The dialog feels authentic, and there isn’t any unnecessary conversation in this issue. The end result is a smooth read with great pacing.
The revelations throughout the issue are all fascinating, and The Butcher of Paris is starting to become a nice, well-rounded story. Some moments are genuinely unnerving in this issue, and it isn’t just because of the gore. Paris is full of monsters, and the killer isn’t the only one. With nazis controlling every aspect of the characters’ lives, it’s hard to feel like this story will end well for anyone. A feeling of dread surrounds The Butcher of Paris in a way that wouldn’t exist without all of the threats that surround the characters. It’s a compelling read that holds the reader’s attention until the last panel.
Dean Kotz complements the writing well with strong art that shines in every panel. Every panel is full of detailed and not a single page feels rushed. The horrific moments are magnified through the art, leaving nothing to the reader’s imagination. Jason Wordie’s colors set a somber tone, with dull colors that drain any positive energy from the pages. The Butcher of Paris is a fantastic fusion of words and art, making this an excellent way of telling the story.
The Butcher of Paris #2 is another great issue that successfully chills the spine. It doesn’t have any flashy action sequences but makes up for that with tense stakes and disturbing art. This is a must-read for history nerds, fans of serial killer stories, or just those who enjoy good writing.
The Butcher of Paris #2
The Butcher of Paris is a fascinating look at a horrific moment of history. The mystery is well written, and whether readers are familiar with the events or not, this is an entertaining book.