Synopsis: Your strange love is rewarded, as Elvira’s space odyssey gets a new shine! As the clockworks glow orange, the Mistress of the Dark dons her full metal jacket and follows the paths of glory with her eyes wide shut, awaiting a killer’s kiss!
Having gone Psycho in the last issue. This second installment of Elvira’s quest to find Federico Fellini’s TV Remote control. The Mistress of the dark finds herself transported into Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror movie ‘The Shining’.
As in the last issue. Things start off rather calmly until Elvira crosses paths with the movie’s villain Jack Torrance, who gets a slight name change for the purpose of this comic. As you’d expect much mayhem ensues as Elvira helps Jack’s onscreen wife and young Kenny make their escape from an Axe Weilding madman who is quoting lines from classic Jack Nicholson movies such as ‘Batman’, ‘A Few Good Men’ and we even get a brief reference to ‘The Witches of Eastwick’. and ‘Doctor Who’.
Silvia Califano continues to do a great job with the artwork and captures Jack Nicholson’s likeness fairly well. I particularly enjoyed a panel in which we see Elvira’s reflection in Jacks Axe, which is towards the end of the issue. That was beautifully drawn. The artists also did a great job of capturing the intense mood of the hotel corridors, which is a main feature of ‘The Shining’.
This was a really fun issue that managed to reference a great many of Kubrick’s movies including 2001 A Space Odyssey, Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange, and more. But most of the jokes and humor come from how many of Jack Nicholson’s movies get referenced throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed how Avallone made use of the classic “You Need Me on that Wall” speech from ‘A Few Good Men’, which is perhaps one of my favorite movies to come out of the 1990s.
Overall. A fantastic issue with lots of laughs.