His run on X-Men was one of the most contrarian runs I've ever encountered. It bounced back and forth between being, at times, brilliant, and at other times almost unreadable. The team-up nature of the run was great in theory, but didn't always work out in execution.
This first issue of Kiss Me Satan! is oddly reminiscent of that X-Men run for me. While I like the concept (who doesn't love werewolves and witches?), it seems like it's going to be something full of retread and old ideas, but then again, it's just enticing enough to lure me back for another issue next month.
Though it has nothing to do with Gischler (outside of maybe direction for layouts?), I feel the exact same way about the art. There are some great panels in here, and the page 4 splash in particular is quite eye-popping, but other pages and panels are woefully drab and the art seems dialed-in, so to speak. If nothing else, I want to like this book for the gutsy title alone, I mean, c'mon, it takes a pair to name your book Kiss Me Satan! (exclamation Gischler's, not mine), but I think this story might be too old hat for me. Granted, this was only the first issue, and a lot could change between now and issue five (the final in this mini series), but I'll definitely be taking this series on an issue-by-issue basis.
This is a fence sitter for sure. It could be something great, or it could be just another monster story set in New Orleans, a tired site for fictional tales like this. I guess only time will tell. For now, I'll give issue two a read for sure, but I can't be sure how far I'll go after that, the story will dictate that next month.