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SCREAMLAND #1 (Image Comics) returns for its second volume
to shed light on what happens when movie monsters run past their prime. With
CGI the norm in film, monsters find themselves unemployed and struggling to
find any type of work. But, who really wants to hire someone who looks like an
actual freak? SCREAMLAND is biting satire and a smart look at life as actors in
Gill-Man, the real fish monster from THE CREATURE FROM THE
BLACK LAGOON, has gotten himself ridiculously bloated and lazy. He spent his
last paycheck buying a wrecked houseboat. Because this sea creature squandered
his wealth, he can only afford to pay a hotel room. Feeling the weight of his
guilt on his shoulders, he agonizes over all the lies he told to the people
around him. Gill-Man sadly realizes no one is going to care about a washed-up
star committing suicide.
Elsewhere, Dr. Wolfman has recently made a new movie, which
has gone straight to DVD. He finds himself having a difficult time getting
through to his agent. These days, the audience just wants to see hipsters in
monster makeup. His long-time friend, Travis, used to be the Commander of the
SPACE PATH franchise, until he and his fellow crew were replaced by a younger
cast. Like they usually do, the two sit back and wonder what they are really
supposed to do with their lives. They ask themselves, “Why does anyone do
anything these days?”
To run away from their problems, the two find shelter and
relief at a horror convention. Travis and Dr. Wolfman walk around proudly as
kings, because they are fondly remembered for their previous work. As much as
they hate being crowded by annoying fans, this is the only way these hasbeens
can still make a profit. Even though these actors think they’re in paradise, a
hidden secret from their past is waiting to be exposed.
Author Harold Sipe and Christopher Sebela have crafted a
dialogue-driven drama, which also happens to be a murder mystery. The writers
cleverly have these characters ask many universal questions. These forgotten
protagonists are facing the horrors of growing old and wondering if they still
have a place in the world anymore. Once you think you know where the story is
going, the shocking ending will undoubtedly surprise many readers. After
reading the first time, you will have to reread the issue and find the clues
set up in the pages.
The art by Lee Leslie makes good use of creating caricatures
from classic horror movies. The Slasher, who has seen better days, resembles a
worn-out and beaten Jason Voorhees from FRIDAY THE 13th. The colors by Buster
Moody are faded and washed-out, creating a unique atmospheric vibe. The
illustrations capture the emotions and bleak humor within the dialogue
A definite must-read for comic book fans, SCREAMLAND #1
represents horror satire at its best. The story takes an ironic twist toward
the horror genre and portrays monsters as people with real problems. With the
setup established and characters fleshed out, the following issue takes a surprising
turn as a murder mystery. It’s available for previews this month; don’t miss
SCREAMLAND when it hits stores June 8.
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