The second volume of The Sixsmiths is a bit different than the first volume. Instead of just focusing on the family we are shown what is happening in the lives of some of the supporting characters. In this issue there are brand new struggles for the lovable suburban satanists of Victoria.
Cain’s friend Dennis is trying to figure out just what to do with his life now that he’s converted to satanism. He thought that this change would make him cooler, but it doesn’t seem like anyone cares. With some help from Lilith he sets out to make himself into a brand new person, but he isn’t the only one. Upon her return to Australia, Jezabelle Sixsmith dives back into satanism with a newfound zeal. When a fire destroys the church she is the key suspect by some of the unholy congregation, specifically Mrs. Havisham, which leads her on a quest for something more. As the church tries to determine what has happened and how they will recover, Annie begins working with women of the church to raise funds and Ralf is tapped to help understand the money handling of the previous treasurer. There is not much of Cain and Lilith in this volume, though we do learn that Cain has a girlfriend, who happens to be of a different faith. Volume two of The Sixsmiths is very much a book about transitions as many characters find themselves setting out on new paths, including the vicar of the church himself.
I really enjoyed being able to see the development of characters outside of the main Sixsmith household, especially Dennis. In the first volume he was trying so hard to be cool and in this volume we get to see him growing up and discovering who he is. I also really enjoyed Jezabelle’s character. The art in volume two is diverse and adds a fun new element to the story. Instead of one artist there are a number of talented people who illustrated different chapters. The final chapter is a collection of all of the artists which allows you to see all of their work flowing together. With this volume focusing so much of transitions getting to see all the characters drawn in a variety of ways added to this theme of change. Beyond the main plot I really enjoyed the addition of a Jesus themed comic that Ralf was reading. You can find information on where to read The Sixsmiths Volume 2 on Jason Frank’s website.
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