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A two-part continuation of John Allison's ( Giant Days ) new series Steeple ! Former curate Billie has moved on to a new path . . . as a priestess in the Church of Satan. Meanwhile, her friend Maggie has made a similar switch--from Satanist to church-bound do-gooder. But when the light of the supermoon turns a Church of Satan warlock into an almo A two-part continuation of John Allison's ( Giant Days ) new series Steeple ! Former curate Billie has moved on to a new path . . . as a priestess in the Church of Satan. Meanwhile, her friend Maggie has made a similar switch--from Satanist to church-bound do-gooder. But when the light of the supermoon turns a Church of Satan warlock into an almost-werewolf, Billie's well-meaning solutions bring her evil boss to the breaking point, just as Maggie's chaotic nature begins to wear thin on her Godly supervisors. Then, when a mysterious visitor is found in a cave, an ancient evil from the unknowable depths of the Pacific Ocean is hot on their heels . . . and so is Christmas! In the midst of the madness, Billie does her best to arrange an improbable Saturnalia truce between the churches of England and Satan.


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A two-part continuation of John Allison's ( Giant Days ) new series Steeple ! Former curate Billie has moved on to a new path . . . as a priestess in the Church of Satan. Meanwhile, her friend Maggie has made a similar switch--from Satanist to church-bound do-gooder. But when the light of the supermoon turns a Church of Satan warlock into an almo A two-part continuation of John Allison's ( Giant Days ) new series Steeple ! Former curate Billie has moved on to a new path . . . as a priestess in the Church of Satan. Meanwhile, her friend Maggie has made a similar switch--from Satanist to church-bound do-gooder. But when the light of the supermoon turns a Church of Satan warlock into an almost-werewolf, Billie's well-meaning solutions bring her evil boss to the breaking point, just as Maggie's chaotic nature begins to wear thin on her Godly supervisors. Then, when a mysterious visitor is found in a cave, an ancient evil from the unknowable depths of the Pacific Ocean is hot on their heels . . . and so is Christmas! In the midst of the madness, Billie does her best to arrange an improbable Saturnalia truce between the churches of England and Satan.

30 review for Steeple, Volume 2: The Silvery Moon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    John Allison takes us unexpectedly back to the small Cornish village of Tredregyn for an unheralded second volume of one of his least talked-about titles, Steeple. Billie and Mags are still pottering about, doing nowt much. Brian might be turning into a werewolf. Rev Penrose is still fighting mermen. And a new character, who’s basically Jaco the Galactic Patrolman from Dragon Ball, appears for some more nonsensical whimsy. And well done to you if you remembered who any of those names are! It’s i John Allison takes us unexpectedly back to the small Cornish village of Tredregyn for an unheralded second volume of one of his least talked-about titles, Steeple. Billie and Mags are still pottering about, doing nowt much. Brian might be turning into a werewolf. Rev Penrose is still fighting mermen. And a new character, who’s basically Jaco the Galactic Patrolman from Dragon Ball, appears for some more nonsensical whimsy. And well done to you if you remembered who any of those names are! It’s interesting how Dark Horse is handling some of their less popular titles (ie. everything non-Hellboy related). Christopher Cantwell and INJ Culbard’s second volume of Everything was published as a single volume, rather than as single issues first (the usual route for comics), which is how they’ve handled this second volume of Steeple (Allison’s unused thumbnails for the single issue covers to be drawn by Max Sarin are included at the back of this book). I’m speculating but I guess it’s because the profit (assuming there is any) of publishing the single issues first isn’t worth the bother so they’re skipping straight to the trade. Which I understand with Everything because the second volume completes the story established in the first; but there’s no story to conclude in Steeple. It’s just another mess of unfunny, pointless sketches. Billie was in the church of Jeebus but now she’s in the church of Satan and vice versa for Mags - not that this means anything, by the by, there’s no conflict in this series because of this. It just means Billie lives over there and Mags lives over here. Yawners. The Brian/werewolf thing had an amusing conclusion (what Brian actually turns into), though that makes the great Max Sarin front cover misleading in that regard. Allison’s art in this book is the best it’s ever been, which is to say, it’s fine. The dialogue is as cute as it always is but what worked so beautifully in Giant Days fails to enliven the pages here - maybe because the characters are lacking, the things they’re doing are unengaging, or maybe both. If you were a fan of the first book and John Allison’s assorted Scary Go Round/non-Giant Days stuff, you might get something out of Steeple, Volume 2: The Silvery Moon. But I found this to be an unnecessary and unentertaining addition to a weak title.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Even having Billie the priest from the Church of England become a priestess for the Church of Satan and her cohort Maggie switching back to the Church of England can't liven up this series. The stories are trying their damndest to be wacky but don't really succeed. The first story is about a friend turning into a werewolf while the 2nd is a Christmas story that's mostly about a Power Ranger. Yeah, the 2nd one is stupid. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. Even having Billie the priest from the Church of England become a priestess for the Church of Satan and her cohort Maggie switching back to the Church of England can't liven up this series. The stories are trying their damndest to be wacky but don't really succeed. The first story is about a friend turning into a werewolf while the 2nd is a Christmas story that's mostly about a Power Ranger. Yeah, the 2nd one is stupid. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    I didn't like the first volume of Steeple much. So why are you reviewing the second volume, you may ask. And the answer is that old stalwart "it might be better" and I do like John Allison's other work a lot - which basically means: always give him another chance. And it is better! This volume basically is two stories, while the first volume consisted of five seperate short stories, which made things feel inconsequential. This feels more robust, it has more teeth. At least the first story has more I didn't like the first volume of Steeple much. So why are you reviewing the second volume, you may ask. And the answer is that old stalwart "it might be better" and I do like John Allison's other work a lot - which basically means: always give him another chance. And it is better! This volume basically is two stories, while the first volume consisted of five seperate short stories, which made things feel inconsequential. This feels more robust, it has more teeth. At least the first story has more teeth (quite literally). The second story feels wholly inconsequential again - things happen, people quip, story ends tepidly. I know, I know, Steeple isn't about the stories, it's about the characters, and the jokes. I just find the characters kind of flat, it feels like the little change that happens doesn't have a lot of effect. And the jokes mostly don't work for me. Steeple still feels a bit like a party I just can't get in to. (Thanks to Dark Horse Books for providing me with an ARC through Edelweiss)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    UPDATE 10/22/2020 - Review of Steeple: The Silvery Moon webcomic: (Two stars) Well, between the first Steeple collection and this webcomic, the characters are starting to grow on me. It's basically a friendship tale between two women in the midst of reassessing their faiths. Some inconsequential, supernatural frivolity fills out the pages. It still hasn't charmed me the way it should, but I'm willing to try the next webcomic chapter as soon as it wraps up at the end of this month. The Silvery Moon UPDATE 10/22/2020 - Review of Steeple: The Silvery Moon webcomic: (Two stars) Well, between the first Steeple collection and this webcomic, the characters are starting to grow on me. It's basically a friendship tale between two women in the midst of reassessing their faiths. Some inconsequential, supernatural frivolity fills out the pages. It still hasn't charmed me the way it should, but I'm willing to try the next webcomic chapter as soon as it wraps up at the end of this month. The Silvery Moon arc is available here: https://steeple.church/comic/2020-02-17/ UPDATE 11/4/2020 - Review of Steeple: Secret Sentai webcomic: (Two stars) Nothin' but noodlin' here as Allison plays around with his Steeple characters, generating a few minor chuckles, rolling out yet another sea monster, and calling it a day without anything of consequence occurring. This adventure is available free online: https://steeple.church/comic/secret-s... The next one begins serialization online Nov. 9th and wraps up at Christmas: https://steeple.church/comic/christma... UPDATE 1/21/2021 - Review of Steeple #10: Christmas with Clovis webcomic: (Two stars) Maggie and Billie spend Christmas drinking and hanging out with Mrs. Clovis. There is also a small tussle with a minor supernatural being, but that is secondary to the imbibing and bonding. The web series is going on hiatus for a while, but I'm not sure I'll be coming back when it resumes. It's just too low-key to care about even if the characters are somewhat likable. Read it free online: https://steeple.church/comic/hes-such...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    Funnier, edgier, and wickeder than "Giant Days". An off-kilter and sharp treat populated with a wide array of engaging characters. Funnier, edgier, and wickeder than "Giant Days". An off-kilter and sharp treat populated with a wide array of engaging characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark Schlatter

    Fun, frothy goodness (although not near the wondrousness of the Bad Machinery series). You've got an incessantly cheerful and helpful Satanist priestess (organizing a "Sing along with Ringo" night), the healing power of "The Grand Tour" on certain middle-aged men, and a church youth group finding and hiding what looks to be a Power Ranger. Allison's cartooning is top notch as always, although I still prefer the joke-on-each-page format of Bad Machinery. Fun, frothy goodness (although not near the wondrousness of the Bad Machinery series). You've got an incessantly cheerful and helpful Satanist priestess (organizing a "Sing along with Ringo" night), the healing power of "The Grand Tour" on certain middle-aged men, and a church youth group finding and hiding what looks to be a Power Ranger. Allison's cartooning is top notch as always, although I still prefer the joke-on-each-page format of Bad Machinery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tabrizia

    Thank you Dark House Books and Edelweiss for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. What happens when someone from the Church of Satan and someone from the Church of England form an unlikely friendship? Hilarity ensues! Funny and creative, fans of "Giant Days" will love this new series by the creator! Thank you Dark House Books and Edelweiss for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. What happens when someone from the Church of Satan and someone from the Church of England form an unlikely friendship? Hilarity ensues! Funny and creative, fans of "Giant Days" will love this new series by the creator!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erica McGillivray

    Steeple continues to be fun, and I continue to be a Maggie/Billie shipper.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nico

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul Porry

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hunter

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chanchal Kumar

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hal Johnson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ross Duncan

  19. 5 out of 5

    Frank Harris

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tony

  21. 4 out of 5

    Francois Arsenault

  22. 4 out of 5

    S. Elizabeth

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  24. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hector Miray

  30. 4 out of 5

    alex

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