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: Friday the 13th
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: Justin Gray
and Jimmy Palmiotti
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: Dave Caroleo
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) " You just can’t keep a good guy down."Review
You know him!! You love him!! The man… the legend… Mr. Jason Voorhies. You know how he died. You know how he came back. You even know how he got his mask. But do you know.. how many others have died at Crystal Lake? …Have drowned in her icy waters? Do you know how many others Crystal Lake has brought back? Do you know how long the killing has been going on? Do you know how it started? Do you know that it started waaaaaay before Jason??More info
This series answers these questions. And in doing so, adds to the Friday the 13th mythos. Sure there are naked chicks, teenage dialogue, and lots of juicy mutilations, (this is Friday the 13th after all). But there is something else here. Something deeper. Something darker. Legend. For the first time ever get a glimpse into the history of Crystal Lake; the atrocities that took place there centuries ago, and the vengeful spirits that reside there now, in the waters where Jason drowned as a boy. If this comic was developed into a Friday the 13th movie, it would easily be my favorite of the series. Hands down. No questions asked. Personally, this was the best of the horror series that Wildstorm released in 2oo6 outdoing both Texas Chainsaw Massacre, & Nightmare on Elm Street. Especially “Nightmare on Elm Street” I don’t know what happened with that series. They just don’t compare. Hell, not even Brian Pulido’s take on the Friday the 13th series, released by the Avatar label under the “House of Horror” moniker, can compare to this. Gray, Palmiotti, & Archer outdid everyone who’s ever touched this series with this installment. This is my opinion of course, not fact, so don’t get all up in arms just yet.
A new snobby entrepreneur, looking to cash in on the camp’s infamy, gets this idea in his thick skull to re-open “Camp Crystal Lake”, Jason’s old killing-ground, as “Camp Blood”, a tourist attraction. A sleepaway camp with a real boogeyman. What better way to make money than to exploit the deaths of hundreds. Even before the doors are open this guy’s got “I Survived Camp Crystal Lake” T-shirts made. I Survived Camp Crystal Lake (yeah like that’s ever happened). He brings in a group of teenagers to clean up the premises, get it ready for it’s grand opening in three weeks, and then like any given asshole takes off. It’s the usual rag-tag band of character-types who would never hang out together. The stoners, the survivor-girl, the jock, the badass, the nerd, the bitch, you know the rundown. The regular bunch that normally attracts slashers like moths to a light-bulb. Before work they decide to take a dip into the lake of legend. This is where this tale deviates from the myriad of redundant sequels. Something grabs survivor girls foot. I won’t say what, but I will say this is the greatest scene in the comic, and if they could commit this to film it would be astounding. Anyway this scene is the precursor to the violence that ensues. Jason, everyone’s favorite momma’s boy, eventually shows up, and starts hacking everybody to fun-size pieces. In business we call this a “financial complication”. That’s right the cash-cow has come home to slaughter the staff just like the good ole days.
As I’m sure you can imagine this title is extremely gory in the fashion of the “Friday the 13th” movies. It contains a whole shit load of deaths, but unlike the movies… you can stare at them as long as you want in fully lighted detail. I loved that it kinda did a mini-history piece on Camp Crystal Lake. It was an element that gave an extra edge to an already surprisingly competent entry into a thoroughly retreaded franchise. Just tidbits, mind you, that acted as a neat little intermission between bouts of blood. But if you love Friday the 13th for it’s death scenes you certainly won’t go dry. The gore was right up in your face… and so were the boobies. That’s right. On top of all the geysers of gore, it had bundles of naked boobies… scoff all you want, comic boobies are fantastic. I think anyone that’s a hardcore Voorhees fan needs to read this as soon as they can.
The art by Adam Archer, as his name suggests, is spot-on. William Tell on paper. Every panel is perfectly detailed. The guy’s a surgeon with a pencil instead of a scalpel. I love the way he illustrates character faces. It’s almost reminiscent of Billy Tan’s work. In fact I’d say the two are very comparable. In one scene Mr. Voorhies plunges a steak-knife into this kids mouth, and you see the shattered teeth, the severed tongue. the whole sha-bang. The characters are what you’ve come to love and expect. Their dialogue is juvenile, sure, but it’s surprisingly enjoyable. Horror heavies Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti (frequent collaborators) who worked on Hill Have Eyes: The Beginning for Fox Atomic, & Random Acts of Violence for Image never seem to disappoint. They know what horror fans want, and they deliver it like a pipe-bomb to your front door. To say the least; the writing has a natural flawless flow. It keeps things moving. It never gets stale for even so much as a panel. It keeps you guessing, as well as cheering.
As a long-time fan of the movies, I was expecting the same old song and dance here. And it is, don’t get me wrong. It’s got that nostalgic familiarity we all love. But damn has it got a few new moves it’ll surprise you with. It’s nice to see an old series that still has a few tricks up it’s sleeve; that Jason hasn’t gotten rusty with age. That his blades are as sharp as ever. If you’re a fan of the movies, you won’t be disappointed. And if you hated the movies…….well then what are you doing reading this?!?! So sharpen that old machette, and hang up the holiday corpses, ’cause Jason is back in town baby!!!!!!!!!!
MORAL OF THE STORY:
You just can’t keep a good guy down.
Written by: Justin Gray and Jimmy PalmiottiPublisher
Illustrated by: Adam Archer
|Post rewarded by Ojay on Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:55 am.
|Nice reviewed! 5 WRZ$ reward. Thanks Zach!