Sunday, July 3, 2022

Brendan McGinley:

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Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness + Texas Chainsaw Massacre: By Himself

Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness

Genre: Horror, Super-Hero

A title about a parallel universe full of zombified super-heroes crosses over with a universe-hopping expanded history of a cult horror hero. This book doesn’t waste a lot of time filling the reader in on the background story, and for once, that’s fine. Let’s face it, nobody’s buying this title who isn’t competently versed in either property. Army’s protagonist Ash bops into the Marvel Universe to stop the rise of the Deadites, right before the whole place goes down the tubes anyway owing to some zombie goodness spread by The Sentry. It’s historical fiction for the events of Marvel Zombies, so it dodges a lot of action to fill in the gaps, but… it’s geeky fun regardless, thanks to John Layman, artist Fabiano Neves and strong colors by June Chung.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: By Himself

Genre: Horror

A first-person perspective comic of a motorist kidnapped by Sheriff Hoyt, who then relates the origin of his cannibalism in a Korean POW camp to the poor schlub. The team of Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning script this one with enough character to even up the low drama, but then, it’s more of a character study than a plot-driven story. Artist Wes Craig and colorist Randy Myer make good mileage on the slight number of panels per page, and the point-of-view storytelling technique turns out very effective for a horror comic.

Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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