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"Halloween Man #18" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Sugar Skull Media

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Written by Drew Edwards
Illustrated and lettered by Jason Wilson
Layouts and art direction by April Guadiana
2019, 23 Pages
Comic released on October 2nd, 2019

Review:

Halloween Man has taken on all kinds of monsters in his time as Solar City's resident super hero. Now, he's poised to take on the Red Guard, a group of degenerate white guys in robes looking to summon a demon to make America great again. Solomon Hitch isn't going to let that kind of crap stand in his town.

Yes, Halloween Man gets a little political with this issue with some not-so-subtle references to the President, his ties to Russia, and the KKK. It's all presented in a rather humorous tone with the Red Guard bumbling around in stupid costumes. Artist Jason Wilson adds a slight menacing tone to these villains, particularly with their gloves that appear to end in claws. Their costumes are less blood red and more like the shade of pink you might get if you washed a red hat with your white shirts. It adds to their pathetic nature.

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These idiots do manage to summon something, which causes all kinds of chaos during their hate rally. This creature is gigantic and frightening, even though it resembles an animal found in our world that's not particularly intimidating. This is where the colors really set it apart, depicting it as an unnatural purple beast with red beady eyes.

Writer Drew Edwards balances the horror with the humor in Halloween Man. There's a healthy dose of both, although it definitely leans towards the comedy side of things, especially with how this summoning plays out. The real funny thing about all this is that you can see how this might happen in our world if a certain group of people had access to a book of the dead. It's not that far-fetched.

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Much of this comes through in the design for Halloween Man himself. It's a classic look at this point with half of the hero's body appearing undead, complete with a skeletal hand. Armed with his trusty shovel, Solomon is not someone you want to bump into in a dark alley. Despite this horrific appearance, he fights for good.

This issue sets things up for the three part arc in a big way. With everything established, I have to wonder what kind of retaliation will hit Solomon later on. This is another solid entry in this indie comic that continues to innovate and delight.

Halloween Man #18 is currently available at ComiXology.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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