In Review: Edward Scissorhands #4

Your chest is empty if you don't fall in love with this book.

The covers: A trio to happily cut into your wallet to collect. The A cover is a realistic execution of a scene, but it’s so cluttered and dimly colored it makes the entire image a blob with a focus difficult to find. Megan holds a book of urban legends tightly as she investigates the front yard of Edward’s home with a flashlight, with the title character barely hiding behind the wing of an angel statue. This needed Edward to be more brightly colored with the focus on the characters and less of the setting. The art is by Joe Quinones with colors by Maris Wicks. The B, which is a Hot Topic Variant, is by interior artist Drew Rausch showing a gorgeously gothic window exterior with a sad looking Edward peering out. This would be frightening to the uninitiated, but fans will look at this as a lonely character scared of those outside. The coloring on this is fantastic! Rausch also does the Subscription cover and it’s an abstract vision of Megan and Edward descending some stairs that spin around and eventually ascend into Eli’s open chest. Strange tentacles are projecting from the ceiling. I like the image but the coloring is so dim it lessens the art. Overall grades: A C+, Hot Topic Variant A+, and Subscription B-

The story: Megan has gone back to Edward’s, catching him trying to sop up the blood from the rat Eli killed. She wants Edward to go with her to look for Philip because she thinks Eli might have hurt him. Edward is afraid to go because “The people out there…They don’t like me. I scare them.” She understands his reluctance, and asks instead to borrow something from him. Megan goes to the police, a news studio, and her school, finding everyone gone. The news she receives on Page 11 shocks her. Kate Leth’s story continues to grow as Megan is fighting the town by herself and Philip is getting several creepy pages being held underground by Eli. This is an emotional ride for all four characters: Edward’s fear, Megan’s resolve, Philip’s confusion, and the indecipherable Eli, who does something disturbing to his face. Every one of them is in some sort of peril, leading to a cliffhanger that will begin next issue with a major confrontation. Overall grade: A+

The art: The line that Drew Rausch walks on this book is a fine one. He must make Edward and Eli scary, while endowing them with sweetness. I’m absolutely taken by all of Edward’s worrisome looks, such as on Page 2, and I, and all readers, would love Eli just as much if we weren’t puzzled by his actions. Even in the scary moments, such as when Eli and Philip share a scene, Rausch interjects exaggerated expressions to lighten the mood, as in the third panel of Page 11 and the bottom of 15. Megan continues to be a wonderful lead for readers to follow, with her looks adding so much to the story, as shown at the bottom of 3. There are several new adults and settings in this issue and they look amazing and are loaded with lots of fine detail; I especially like Megan’s visit to the police station. Overall grade: A+

The colors: Continuing the magnificent work are the colors from Jeremy Colwell. Edward’s castle is appropriately dark, but not to the point where Rausch’s work is lost. The red left behind by the rat is a startling color for this setting. Leaving Edward’s abode, Megan goes to a variety of locations that create many opportunities for Colwell to display his skills, with the Surveillance Room being wonderful in blue. Eli’s underground home is terrific in dark blues and luminescent greens. My favorite panel is the book’s final one for the orange backgrounds and red lettered signs magnifying Megan’s mood. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Travis Lanham provides dialogue, sounds, Edward speech, computer text, and eerie music. Often letterers provide a similar font style for all forms of communication, but Lanham separates Edward from all the others with his fantastic speech font. The music that’s played is an essential piece of the story and is great. Combined with the wonderful sounds, this is beautiful to read. Overall grade: A+

The final line: Save a friend or save an urban legend? Megan’s got to hurry if she wants to accomplish both! Your chest is empty if you don’t fall in love with this book. One of the best on the shelves. 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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