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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. 5 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. 5 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

    Steph Myers

    I really enjoyed volume 1. I like it when John Allison does his own illustrating, because the work is that much funnier (imho). But the campy shock humor worked once for me and when I went back to it, I wasn't really into it. That tells me I didn't get invested in teh characters. The books rely too much on "schtick" where as Giant Days had really likeable characters that developed. We'll see. I'll probably check out v 3 if there is one. I really enjoyed volume 1. I like it when John Allison does his own illustrating, because the work is that much funnier (imho). But the campy shock humor worked once for me and when I went back to it, I wasn't really into it. That tells me I didn't get invested in teh characters. The books rely too much on "schtick" where as Giant Days had really likeable characters that developed. We'll see. I'll probably check out v 3 if there is one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Daft, irreverent, and always hilarious. Steeple isn't my favourite of John Allison's creations, but it's got that patented English humour and sarcasm that just keeps me giggling all the way through. This volume collects The Silvery Moon, a werewolf(ish) story, and Secret Sentai, a holiday themed jaunt involving a giant kraken. Perfect for this time of year. My biggest complaint about the first volume of Steeple was that it didn't feel complete - and now it's continuing, so I don't have that compla Daft, irreverent, and always hilarious. Steeple isn't my favourite of John Allison's creations, but it's got that patented English humour and sarcasm that just keeps me giggling all the way through. This volume collects The Silvery Moon, a werewolf(ish) story, and Secret Sentai, a holiday themed jaunt involving a giant kraken. Perfect for this time of year. My biggest complaint about the first volume of Steeple was that it didn't feel complete - and now it's continuing, so I don't have that complaint anymore!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I found this graphic novel very entertaining. The premise of a good God-loving young woman helping out a Satan-loving young woman, and then they end up switching roles of their own choosing, is comical. And the God-loving woman turn Satan worshipper is doing her best to help the Satan-loving people by baking cakes shaped like the Deceiver, holding sing-alongs, and helping demons control their urges. Where the Satan-loving young woman turned God-loving is trying to tempt the priest. I know it's a I found this graphic novel very entertaining. The premise of a good God-loving young woman helping out a Satan-loving young woman, and then they end up switching roles of their own choosing, is comical. And the God-loving woman turn Satan worshipper is doing her best to help the Satan-loving people by baking cakes shaped like the Deceiver, holding sing-alongs, and helping demons control their urges. Where the Satan-loving young woman turned God-loving is trying to tempt the priest. I know it's a bit sacrilegious but it is funny. I want to thank the author, the publisher, and Edelweiss+ for giving me an e-copy of this book, in return for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    This one is more fun than the first. Goofier maybe, but just better, and there are more jokes. Really, that's how a good sequel should work. Always a little dumber, more jokes, and even though you're not sure why, you prefer it. This one is more fun than the first. Goofier maybe, but just better, and there are more jokes. Really, that's how a good sequel should work. Always a little dumber, more jokes, and even though you're not sure why, you prefer it.

  10. 5 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tim Nowotny

    Somehow this did not have the same magic as vol.1 for me. Maybe it was because I would have hoped for more of an arc. I still love the characters, but they seemed to just bumble around a bit here.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Corrie

    Steeple Volume 2: The Silvery Moon, script, art and letters by John Allison, published by Dark Horse Comics 2021. Former curate Billie Baker has moved on to a new path...as a priestess in the Church of Satan. Meanwhile, her friend Maggie Warren has made a similar switch—from Satanist to church-bound do-gooder. 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, Billi Steeple Volume 2: The Silvery Moon, script, art and letters by John Allison, published by Dark Horse Comics 2021. Former curate Billie Baker has moved on to a new path...as a priestess in the Church of Satan. Meanwhile, her friend Maggie Warren has made a similar switch—from Satanist to church-bound do-gooder. 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. Loads of British humor and dark drama. Love the art and the characters. A new favorite series to follow. Themes: Cornwall, Billie is ‘modernising’ devil worship, singing aloud, Maggie has some male company in the rectory, a visit from a church official, it’s a super moon and Brian isn’t himself, magus Tom does a bit of sabotage, saturnalia panto, a Sentai without a beltbuckle. 4 Stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Artur Coelho

    Na sua primeira temporada, Steeple era uma divertida comédia de terror, onde uma jovem e idealista seminarista é destacada para uma paróquia remota na Cornualha. Remota e bizarra. Há um culto satânico em plena vila, com bruxas, satanistas, sabbaths e orgias à mistura, e o padre tem como missão defender a terra de incursões noturnas de criaturas vindas do mar. É neste ambiente que a jovem aspirante a reverenda cai. Na continuação, mantém-se o humor, mas com algumas reviravoltas. A mais destacada Na sua primeira temporada, Steeple era uma divertida comédia de terror, onde uma jovem e idealista seminarista é destacada para uma paróquia remota na Cornualha. Remota e bizarra. Há um culto satânico em plena vila, com bruxas, satanistas, sabbaths e orgias à mistura, e o padre tem como missão defender a terra de incursões noturnas de criaturas vindas do mar. É neste ambiente que a jovem aspirante a reverenda cai. Na continuação, mantém-se o humor, mas com algumas reviravoltas. A mais destacada (e bela da aldeia) das satanistas decide abandonar o culto, enquanto que a jovem reverenda é enfeitiçada e junta-se aos adoradores do demo, que depressa começa a contaminar com a sua boa vontade de seminarista. Entretanto, a vila terá de se defender de ameaças como as de kaijus e alienígenas, ou um lobisomem semi-curado. A maior de todas? Uma visita do bispo que supervisiona as igrejas da região. Um comic divertido, desocmplexado, que merecia maior atenção dos leitores.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    The vicar is still mainly fighting sea monsters, and the magus of the local Satanic temple is still mostly being a bell-end, and neither of the leads are sure that swapping allegiances between the two at the end of the first volume was such a good idea after all. And if that sounds confusing, honestly, the illustrated Story So Far in here makes it much clearer, though all the same you'd probably be better off starting from the beginning. Still, even if you don't you'll get the usual John Allison The vicar is still mainly fighting sea monsters, and the magus of the local Satanic temple is still mostly being a bell-end, and neither of the leads are sure that swapping allegiances between the two at the end of the first volume was such a good idea after all. And if that sounds confusing, honestly, the illustrated Story So Far in here makes it much clearer, though all the same you'd probably be better off starting from the beginning. Still, even if you don't you'll get the usual John Allison way with an instantly appealing visual, a ridiculous plot, and some perfectly offbeat dialogue: "It's not Christian to dwell on another's misfortune, ladies. I'm only smiling because this fence post is...exceptionally level." Plus, the Satanic pantomime looks amazing.

  15. 5 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Rose

    more adventures from the charming seaside town where the local priest battles sea monsters that rise from the depths and the local chapter of the church of satan plots various nefarious deeds. idk i love this! i loved the first volume and this one was just as fun and delightful. the art style is cute and jaunty, the characters are all charming in their own ways, the plotlines are irreverent and absurd and the whole thing is so, so funny. definitely fucking recommend, 5/5

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    If you are hoping for a re-vamped conclusion for Steeple, this is not it. This volume collects a couple of one-off bonus issues presented as an unified comic; however, it creates an arc that feels more like a series of detours than a purposeful story. Treat this as a quirky, random glimpse of your favorite characters from Tredregyn and you’ll be fine.

  18. 5 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!

  19. 5 out of 5

    James Hyman

    Good fun, I really enjoyed Volume 1 (single issues) and was a bit sad to not have this in single issues too, but all fine in the end!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    3.5. I’d like to read more in this series, even if I enjoyed the first volume more than this one. Great premise that can be taken much farther.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Erica McGillivray

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

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Good fun. Second story didn't work so well for me but I applaud John's attempts to see what he can get away with. Many fine amusing touches you've come to expect. Good fun. Second story didn't work so well for me but I applaud John's attempts to see what he can get away with. Many fine amusing touches you've come to expect.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Ross

    I didn't care for Volume One. I didn't care for Volume Two. Bring on Volume Three. I didn't care for Volume One. I didn't care for Volume Two. Bring on Volume Three.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jason Scott

    It didn't really add anything to the story past volume 1. It didn't really add anything to the story past volume 1.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Estepp

    It’s nice to spend time with these characters, but there’s not a ton of plot here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I will read *any* John Allison comics. Any!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    3.5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I love the premise of this but I want to be as invested as I was in Giant Days and it’s just not happening.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bec

    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[blood and gore depiction, religious rituals, religious bigotry, death (hide spoiler)] Just like the first volume, this is a fun and interesting graphic novel exploring the nature of differences and religion. The storyline felt a little more forced than the original novel in this series, but enjoyable all the same. blog • trigger warning database • more links Happy reading! ❤ Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[blood and gore depiction, religious rituals, religious bigotry, death (hide spoiler)] Just like the first volume, this is a fun and interesting graphic novel exploring the nature of differences and religion. The storyline felt a little more forced than the original novel in this series, but enjoyable all the same. blog • trigger warning database • more links Happy reading! ❤

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First and foremost there's the switching of sides by Billie and Maggie. Then there is the on-going paranormal shenanigans. In the middle of all this is Mrs. Clovis trying to keep the rectory functional; the more I read, the more she reminds me of Mrs. McCarthy from Father Brown. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2022/comm... First and foremost there's the switching of sides by Billie and Maggie. Then there is the on-going paranormal shenanigans. In the middle of all this is Mrs. Clovis trying to keep the rectory functional; the more I read, the more she reminds me of Mrs. McCarthy from Father Brown. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2022/comm...

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