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Comic Review: Edward Scissorhands #1

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IDW’s new comic Edward Scissorhands, written by Kate Leth, will take fans back to one of their favorite movies from their teenage years.

Edward Scissorhands #1

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1
WRITER: Kate Leth
ARTIST: Drew Rausch
LETTERER: Travis Lanham
EDITOR: Sarah Gaydos
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2014

Don’t miss this comic! Buy Edward Scissorhands #1 (of 5) or get the beautiful cover of the Edward Scissorhands #1 (of 5) (Subscription Variant) too.

Edward is alone in his castle on the hill, but as he roams the halls he finds the plans for another experiment like him, but one that is a teenager. When he goes looking for him, he finds a “boy” with hollow eyes and what look like pincers for hands. Edward names him Eli and wants to care for him, but will Eli allow it? Down the hill, Kim’s granddaughter, Megs, longs to know more about the tales her grandmother used to tell her as a kid. Meg’s mother will have none of it, but that doesn’t stop Megs from stealing the keys to the storage shed where she finds Kim’s journal and the snow globe.

I will start by saying I am a HUGE fan of the Edward Scissorhands movie, so when I saw that IDW was going to publish a comic based on it but set after the end of the movie, I was all over that. My expectations were probably way too high, but I’ve got to say, this comic lived up to them. Like any fan of anything that ends, I always wondered what happened after the end of the movie. What happened to Edward left all alone in the castle on the hill?

I enjoyed Kate Leth’s imaginative answers to that question. Of course he’s still alone and sad, and the looks on his face (drawn by the talented Drew Rausch) when he finds the artificial boy were absolutely heartbreaking. The hope he has for this boy is vast. I’m looking forward to seeing how that ominous ending will play out. You can tell that Leth is really familiar with the movie as everything that happens, especially with Edward, feels genuine, like an extension of the movie.

I both liked and was put off by the artwork. I think the illustrations are wonderful and whimsical, and the portions of the comic with Edward and Eli are dark while still being fun. The illustrations that put me off somewhat were the ones with Megs and her mother. They reminded me of Cartoon Network animation. This really isn’t a bad thing and I’m not saying I didn’t like the illustrations, because I really did, but they were in a strange juxtaposition with the darker illustrations. This may have been intentional, as it does create an eerie, off-putting feel that the two sections are at war with one another.

All in all, a seriously awesome first issue that has me begging for next month. Pre-order Edward Scissorhands #2 (of 5).

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