Kiernan returns to writing comics, this series based on her first paranormal thriller heroine, Dancy Flammarion, the albino sixteen-year-old girl who roams the back roads of the South hunting demons, armed with a butcher knife, guided by a seraph that only she can see. She begins this adventure in an isolated werewolf town with her virtue intact, her conscience clean. She adheres to her pact with her angel. She does not believe that what she does is murder, although her opposition disagrees, and she has persuaded herself that it is OK to pilfer from the dead. She keeps her word - and follows the Word.
By the time this story ends, she has cheated and lied - and, arguably, killed - for personal gain. She has broken her pact with the seraph and refused to repent her sin, tired of the angel's refusal or inability to help. And she has absorbed a different book than the Holy Book, an evil books, and she is beginning to enjoy the power and freedom it gives her.
I have read very little about what Kiernan has said and written about the rural South she grew up in, save that she has little use for their religion and some aspects of their culture. That doesn't stop her from using that culture and religion very convincingly, or to create great characters who wouldn't exist without either - a talking black bird who could have walked out of a folk tale, a redneck werewolf girl, a crummy wizard who runs an equally crummy gas station, an aristocratic villain with old school charm. And, of course, poor Dancy, a religious fundamentalist who has lost contact with the beliefs she built her life on and is now on a dark road of self-discovery.