Steeple is a perky journey that John Allison takes us on to find Satan and the good works they do. No, it is a journey that Allison takes us on to find a DILF (or a Priest I would like to friend on Facebook). No, it is a journey of a new Church of England minister, named Billie, who used to dabble in things as a teen, has her car blown up on her way to her new assignment, and who offers her thumb to anyone willing to pick her up after said car blows up. No, it is a journey of Maggie, who picks up said Billie on her “Satan ride” (a nice motorcycle) and of Mrs. Clovis who might not be as innocent as she seems. This is a journey of good and evil. Oh. And a humanoid creature with one giant eye as a head.
This is a journey where good is not always good, but evil is well evil and likes to stick its bare butt out a window to cool off. This is a journey where maybe you do not have to choose between the two because we are both. But we are neither.
There are several individual comics collected into this one book. Things flow but not always neatly. There are bumps, bruises, and stolen pants. It is dark, but with colorful panels and details on each page. There are witches, sex, a pint or ten and yes, the supernatural. Steeple is off beat and dark humor, but also pretty darn (only I didn’t say darn) serious. There is even a mini rapture. For a few minutes. And a naughty vacuum cleaner.
You, dear reader of my review, if you read Steeple just know that this is not your Grandmother’s going to church. Or maybe it is. Who am I to judge Grandma’s religious choices?