In Review: Edward Scissorhands #5

This is my pick for book of the week. Highest possible recommendation.

The covers: Artist Aaron Alexovich provides the art for the Regular cover featuring Edward and Megs crawling over a monstrous topiary to get to Eli, whose claw-like hands look to be covered in blood as he makes his way to the readers. This is occurring during a thunderstorm with a full moon still visible. Alexovich has captured the cute, Edward, and the creepy, Eli, well in his piece. It’s got a lot of emotional punch. The Hot Topic Variant is the illustration I’ve chosen to use for this review. Created by the fantastic Drew Rausch, who also does the book’s interior pages, Edward waves to the readers before a black and white setting, saying, “Hello.” It’s a beautiful solo shot of the title character that showcases his unique appearance. I love this! Rausch also does the Subscription cover, this time showing a gigantic bust of Edward looking down in dismay as Eli totters threateningly towards Megs in a cave. Good illustration of the three primary characters, establishing them visually as well as their emotional states. I like the rusty rose used to color the background and Edward’s hands. Overall grades: Regular A, Hot Topic Variant A+, and Subsciption A

The story: This chapter concludes the final arc of Edward’s new adventures chronicled by Kate Leth. Things start heatedly as Megs and her mom are having a confrontation at the gate to Edward’s mansion. Repeating history, a mob has gathered to impart justice on the individual for all the trouble that’s happened in town. Megs tries to set her mom straight, but the crowd is able to gain entrance and they swarm the path. While the throng goes to the house, Megs sees droplets of blood on the ground and proceeds to follow them in a different direction. She finds Edward and pleads with him to leave for his own safety. Spied through a window by Philip’s mom, the crowd bursts in to find the girl and the monster gone. As everyone searches for the couple, Megan’s mother finds something on the wall that sows a seed of doubt. Talk about a slam band unexpected conclusion! And there are several nice gasp-worthy moments before the climax. The first appears at the bottom of Page 5. I knew this would complicate Edward’s eventual meeting with the angry crowd. Yet, the always timid Edward provides some nice assistance on the following page, making Megs pretty rad looking in the process. The reveal on Page 8 was really creepy, and I love this character’s reaction to seeing Edward. The expected confrontation between Eli and Edward takes a physical turn before the shocking conclusion on 13 and 14. Wowie! Though the conflict ends, the story does not. After all, what’s to become of rediscovered Edward? That’s the subject of the last two pages, and, yes, I got a sniffle or two. An amazing story. Overall grade: A+

The art: The illustrations on this book by Drew Rausch are the perfect mix of comedy, horror, heart, and strangeness that a reader would want in a Tim Burton inspired comic. The opening mob makes monsters of the people screaming for Edward’s head. In earlier issues people’s mouths were humorous with their teeth exposed comedically, but now they appear as maniacal maws of broken, uneven teeth. Eyes also bug out in anger and fear. These people look terrifying. Edward’s frown at circumstances beyond his control continues to invite sympathy and his silent stares create pause because no words can soothe some people’s state. The reveal on 8 is the first visual shocker, and I was glad to see as the story progressed that the wounds were only superficial. Eli’s final two pages are jaw-dropping. For a silent character that could not emote facially, I knew exactly what he thought. The ability to have this come across to a reader is the work of a master artist, which Drew Rausch is. Overall grade: A+

The colors: Rikki Simons joins this issue as the new regular colorist, but there’s nothing novice about his skills. On the first page he shows considerable skill in creating subtle shading techniques to create mood. Check out of the darkness consuming Megs, her mother, and the crowd shown from the perspective of the gate. The sky behind them is beautiful. Notice the shading of the plants on the grounds of Edward’s house, slyly suggesting the darkness that’s flowing over every intruder. I love the violets that constitute the sky when Meg and Edward make their reemergence into the world. The sky is gorgeous in the fourth panel of Page 7, and the bright yellow on 8 spectacular. Yeah, I’m very happy Simons was allowed to set up shop on this book. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Dialogue, exclamations, some sounds, and Edward’s excellent speech are all crafted by Travis Lanham. It’s impossible not to hear Johnny Depp’s delivery with the font Lanham uses for Edward. I’m just amazed a font can echo that voice. Overall grade: A+

The final line: This is my pick for book of the week. This captures all the hopes, tears, and fears of the film and brings them to the present in a stunning tale. 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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