Comics: Stabbity Bunny #4 - Reviewed

Rachel reviews Stabbity Bunny #4
Issue three of Stabbity Bunny answered many questions about the mysterious series, but left readers with many more. After the slow crescendo of the prior issues, we get to see some glimpses of what we obviously have grown to suspect all alone: there is nothing simple or inanimate Grace’s stuffed rabbit, Stabbity. Issue four will be released on April 25th and no doubt fans are already clamoring to get their hands on it.

In issue three, Amanda learns that Grandma Lena has been assisting and instructing Grace to use the magical powers that are a part of who she is. Distraught and furious that Lena has been doing this behind her back, after explicit instructions never to do so, Amanda begins to unravel a little bit. Nightmares begin to plague her sleep and she beings to live her life in a constant state of overprotective watchfulness and paranoia when it comes to Grace’s safety. Through her clear anxiety we are shown small fractions of Amanda’s past, more specifically, her childhood trauma and it allows readers to connect with Amanda and understand that there is so much more at work in this story than initially meets the eye. Richard Rivera continues the mystery and suspense with his writing, but I am definitely really excited to see things begin to really unfold in this universe with this particular issue. Issue four saw Stabbity and the gang see the most action and violence of all the issues and that’s definitely something I can’t get enough of. From the beginning I have said how in love with the fact that it’s drawn and written in a way that some of the dialogue would work totally in a children’s book, but then BAM, you’re hit with this violent, creepy spray of gore and violence to jolt you back into the adult world that this comic is intended for. This issue ends on a humorous, cheerful note for the characters, which, after reading this issue you will discover to actually contribute to its overall creepiness.

What a great talent the creator of Stabbity Bunny has found in artist Dwayne Biddix. I feel like I say this every issue, but his sweet, cartoony characters fused into scenes of blood and guts just continues to impress me with every single issue. It is so damn cheeky in its playful innocence and dark subject matter that with each new issue, the world opens and expands even more with the art and I simply can’t get enough of it. The fact that the art would almost seem more appropriate in a kids’ book as opposed to a graphic novel just further adds to the zaniness and overall bizarre thematic material of Stabbity Bunny. Biddix repeatedly brings his A game to this excellent series, furthering its appeal.

I think it’s highly unlikely I will have much negative to say about Stabbity Bunny, now or in the coming issues, as it’s just a unique, fun, wild ride. The collaboration between Rivera and Biddix continues to be apparent and the plot and storyline are getting better and better with each issue. I’m thrilled that they’ve started to explore the supernatural premise as well as the characters’ creepy pasts and am definitely looking forward to seeing how that all plays out in the coming issues. If you’re a fan of horror comics and have a love for bizarre horror themes and haven’t picked up this series yet, you’re truly doing yourself an injustice.

-Rachel Rutherford