New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!
Ghostbusters No. 16
It's the holiday season, and Winston Zeddemore finally popped the question to his long-time girlfriend. But instead of spending the holidays upstate with her and the family, he goes head-first into a mission with the boys to save the ghost of a boy who's been kidnapped. Meanwhile, an old lackey gets used by ghosts once again, and big bad things are on the horizon for the Ghostbusters.
Bag it or board it up? I'm usually a bit hard on the Ghostbusters comics, but this issue is a lot of fun. I have to remember that even though the movies were quick, sharp-witted, and inventive, they still managed to cater to younger audiences as well. This comic does just that. You could let your kid read this comic, but this story arc seems to finally have enough meat for adults, too.
Criminal Macabre: Final Night - The 30 Days of Night Crossover No. 1
Horror comic/vampire fans rejoice! Here's the Steve Niles crossover you've been waiting for with Dark Horse Comics and IDW Publishing working together to tell this story. Cal McDonald, star of the Criminal Macabre franchise, has recently come back from the dead to continue his fight against the darkness. When he teams up with 30 Days' current hero, Alice Blood, the two begin an investigation into the whereabouts of Eben Olemaun, the-once-sheriff-now-scourge-of-mankind.
Bag it or board it up? This crossover is a no-brainer. The tone of Criminal Macabre, which is much lighter than the self-serious 30 Days, mixes nicely. Finally, a thrust of personality in a world full of sleepy vampires! The showdown between Cal and Eben is three issues away, but I'm already giddy with anticipation.
The Hollows No. 1
Craig lives in a super-tree city, genetically created to shelter the best and brightest high above the burnt out, radiated earth. Down below, hordes of ghosts (who exist only to feed on the living), swarm the streets. On a routine fly-by (he has giant, cybernetic wings) for supplies, he crashes into a sign and gets taken in and bandaged up by survivors. From there, a whole new world of struggle and strife is opened up before his eyes.
Bag it or board it up? The artwork in this comic is lovely. The attention to detail is all there while the penciling retains a sort of messy, honest feel to it. This is fine-art, full of expressionist strokes of color and gothic indulgences. The story feels ambitious, if a little young. I'm confident they'll hit their stride, find their voice, and create a powerful, creative comic. They're almost there, I can feel it.
30 Days of Night No. 12
Alice commandeers a sweet ride, follows a party-bus full of vampires into their underground lair, and watches Eben fight The Master, a gigantic, ancient vampire. The fight that ensues is epic, pages long, and full of knock-down-drag-out action.
Bag it or board it up? Whaaaat? Another 30 Days of Night entry on this list? Yes, another. Because this is the epic show-down between Eben and "The Master" we've been waiting for. I love how quiet this issue is. There is a lot of action, and great sprays of blood, but almost no dialogue. It's just Alice watching Eben fight The Master. The stakes are raising to unheard-of heights in this series. It's about to get messy. The question is, how will the Criminal Macabre crossover effect this comic as a stand-alone entity?