Cherry, the granddaughter of the devil himself, is not exactly the grim reaper most recently deceased souls expect. She is an adorable little girl-demon who just wants to have fun (as the song goes) and keeps begging her mother for a human soul to keep as a pet. When rock star Briggy Bundy is due to bite the big one, Cherry, who is a big fan of his work, is really keen to take him to Hell where she can show him around and love him and squeeze him forever and ever. The only problem is, Briggy Bundy was actually supposed to head upstairs, and bad things can happen to souls who aren't where they are supposed to be. Hellicious is delightful comic about a little demon girl who just wants to play and make friends, though she is a little hazy on how dangerous such play can be for "squishy" humans. The art is great, with an eerie colour palate and lots of oddly adorable demons. The characters are a lot of fun, including the overindulged Cherry herself, her weary grandfather and the secretly vegan Briggy Bundy isn't quite the baby-eating hardcore type Cherry was expecting.
From Hellicious Vol. 1 Welcome to Hell Briggy Bundy
Hellicious Volume 1: Welcome to Hell Briggy Bundy is a lot of fun, and is reminiscent of Roman Dirge's Lenore series and Skottie Young's I Hate Fairyland. It will appeal to adults with a quirky sense of humour and kids aged about ten and up (I wouldn't recommend it for younger children because, although the swear words are all bleeped out there is blood and gore and the themes are a bit dark, what with it being a book about Hell and all). Cherry and Briggy's adventures will continue in Hellicious Volume 2.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Diamond Book Distributors, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Published: October 23, 2018