The Sunday Comics: Fangs Review

 

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Title: FANGS

Series: N/A

Author: Sarah Andersen

Genre: Fantasy, Slice of life, Romance, comedy, supernatural

Snipps’ Stars: 5/5

Snipps Content Rating: PG-13

 

 

 

Content Warning

**Content Warning Descriptors Below**

Mild Gore

Violence

Profanity

Smoking

Alcohol

Sexual Themes

Partial Nudity

Blood

 

Synopsis:

Vamp is three hundred years old but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all changes one night in a bar when she meets a charming werewolf. FANGS chronicles the humor, sweetness, and awkwardness of meeting someone perfectly suited to you but also vastly different.

Synopsis from Tapas

 

Review:

FANGS by Sarah Andersen is a little bit of a change of pace from my previous reviews but nonetheless still falls into fantasy (can you all guess what my genre preferences are?). 

Sarah Andersen is renowned for her slice-of-life comic series, Sarah’s Scribbles (review to come soon!) and for those who are familiar with these comics, FANGS carries a very similar essence in humor albeit sometimes a little darker. FANGS is not really a linear story and follows a more slice-of-life narrative as we see snippets of the relationship between the main characters, a 300 year old vampire named Elsie, and a werewolf named Jimmy. While much of their interaction is based on ‘old’ conceptions of vampires and werewolves (i.e. garlic and silver as weaknesses), it is set in modern times making these conceptions refreshing in how they are handled. As a result it is also rife with puns and cheap insults when the two are quarrelling. 

FANGS is done in a style that possesses greater detailing than Sarah’s Scribbles and almost a somber maturity. It is still simplistic compared to that of ‘traditional’ comics (think The Walking Dead or many of the Marvel comics), but complements the slice-of-life narrative well. Most pages are either a full panel or four panels with minimal text making the book quite a quick read, but sometimes we just need a brain break! I wish it was a wee bit longer, but I thought Andersen wrapped up quite nicely in a John Green-esque style which I know was a topic of discussion for other readers of the comic.

It was originally released on the webcomic publishing site, Tapas, but since has been published by Andrews McMeel publishing as a suave physical copy with a red canvas cover and blackened page edges that is to die for. There are panels and strips in the physical copy of the book that are not available in the webcomic version, but I do not feel the missing strips detracted much from the webcomic when compared to the physical copy. It was a pleasant surprise to see these pages though when rereading the story in its physical form as I already had quite enjoyed the story. If you’re not quite ready to commit to a physical copy, FANGS is free to read on Tapas! 

 

**Content Warning Descriptions**

What do my Content Warning categories mean?

Mild gore: Some depiction of internal structure of organisms resulting from physical violence. May have some detail. 

Gore: graphic detail and depiction of internal structures of organisms. 

Blood: depiction of blood whether through violence, accidents, or natural events (i.e. bloody noses, menstruation cycles)

Profanity: May also be known as cursing, swearing, and “bad words”

Sexual themes: Characters may use sexual innuendos and sexual events may be implied. 

Sex: Depictions of characters engaging in sexual acts. 

Partial Nudity: Characters may be seen in undergarments at certain points

Nudity: Characters may be seen naked at certain points

Drugs: Characters may use or describe drugs that may or may not be fictional

Smoking: Characters may use or describe products for smoking purposes which may or may not be fictional

Alcohol: Characters  may use or describe alcoholic beverages that may or may not be fictional

Violence: Characters may experience or use physical violence from or against others. This may be through melee combat or with weapons. 

Death: Depictions of characters causing death or experiencing it. Death may result from violence, or other events. 

Themes of Abuse: mental, emotional, physical or sexual abuse is implied, but not graphically depicted. 

Abuse: mental, emotional, physical or sexual abuse is depicted. 

Suicide: Depictions of characters committing suicide

Self-Harm: Depictions of characters committing self-harm.

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