In Review: Edward Scissorhands #3

This book is a dream come true as it captures the emotion of the film yet tells its own hauntingly beautiful story.

The covers: Three sharp covers for you to snip up. Declan Shalvey has illustrated and Jordie Bellaire colored the A cover. This is a good representation of Edward examining a key plot device, while Eli is on the floor. There hasn’t been a realistic Edward next to Eli on any of the covers so far, so it’s good to finally get one. The coloring on this is also good with Bellaire making a slick selection of greys and writes to enhance the mood. The Hot Topic Variant is by Drew Rausch with Edward being besieged by the flora of his garden. Love the prickly vines and the look on his face. The Subscription cover is my favorite. It’s also by Rausch and is a close-up of Edward with his blades before his face. The blades on his right hand reflect Eli and those on this left show Megs. Edward looks as if he has to make a choice and he’s frightened by it. Great idea and execution of the cover. Overall grades: A A-, Variant A, and Subscription A+

The story: Megs has just come face to face with the title character. Edward believes he’s looking at Kim, Megs’s grandmother, until the teen shows him her grandmother’s diary. A rustle causes Edward to take her into his mansion because “It isn’t safe.” Her fears grow as she walks through the scary house and screams when she sees she has stepped on a dead rat. The blood on the wall makes her more frightened even though Edward says Eli did it. As she turns to run, he reaches to stop her and clips her backpack, causing its contents to spill out. “Please, don’t kill me,” she begs. “Please.” This rough beginning changes with each page, and it’s impossible not to be moved by Edward’s reactions on Pages 5 – 9. Kate Leth has crafted another superior installment in this sequel. Every character had me longing for their happiness: for Edward to help Eli, for Megs and her mom to reconcile (I couldn’t tell if it was my fondness for the film or being the father of a sixteen year old daughter, but Page 12 hit me hard!), and Phil…Well, you’ll have to read that for yourself. The ending of this issue is a perfectly horrible stopping point leaving me absolutely sweating bullets. I love you and hate you, Ms. Leth, for doing this to me! Overall grade: A+

The art: Sweet, scary, funny, and joyful are words I would use to describe the art by Drew Rausch. His visuals are sweet in that they show Edward to have such concern for others even when he’s silent: panel four, Page 4; panel four, Page 5; all of 6; and the bottom of Page 7. Things get really scary on Pages 14 – 17. The humor that Rausch brings can be found on practically every page. The most humorous pages included Megs’s father who dresses great and perfectly compliments his personality (Love breakfast!) and Page 18’s morning for Megs. As a father of two teenage girls, this was so familiar! There’s not too much joy in this issue, due to the tension increasing, but when it happens (the fourth panel on Page 5; the bottom of 7; the dad on 13; and Meg’s father–Who wouldn’t want a dad that looks and acts like that?) it has me beaming. Rausch is a joy. Overall grade: A+

The colors: Special attention really needs to be drawn to Jeremy Colwell’s contributions to this book because he’s so good if it’s not pointed out you may miss it. Colwell is doing an exceptional job creating some stunning shadow work on this book. Take a look at the shadows he’s putting onto Megs’s face on and hands to provide depth. Also, take a gander at the work he’s putting into the foliage. Page 10 is a real standout because a flashlight is employed and it casts highlights onto characters, especially the one in the lead in the final panel. The best page is 19 because it’s got some over-the-top panels from an expected source, yet the shadow work is, again, fantastic. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Dialogue, Ed speak, sounds, screams, and yells are done by Travis Lanham. I am in love with Edward’s dialogue font, and the sound on 18 is so factual. Overall grade: A+

The final line: This book is a dream come true as it captures the emotion of the film yet tells its own hauntingly beautiful story. Highest possible recommendation. Overall grade: A+

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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