Book Title: Creepshow #1
Book Description: “Creepshow” #1 gives us two chilling tales. The first story, “Take One”, tells what happens when three boys get too greedy when trick or treating. “Shingo” is about a little girl’s birthday party. Her parents are divorced. Dad was supposed to book the entertainment but he dropped the ball. Mom finds a business card for someone that will provide entertainment. Their rate is cheap. All they want is lunch.
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R Creative Team: Writer: Chris Burnham, Paul Dini, and Stephen Langford Artist: Chris Burnham and John McCrea Colors: Adriano Lucas and Mike Spicer Letters: Pat Brosseau Cover: Chris Burnham and Adriano Lucas Editor: Alex Antone and Jon Moisan Publisher: Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment Ratings: Story: 3.4 Stars Artwork: 3.6 Stars Cover Artwork: 3.6 Stars Dialogue: 3.4 Stars Mechanics: 3.5 Stars Editing: 3.4 Stars Reader’s Notes: Dad always loved Halloween. Along with Christmas and April Fool’s Day, it was his favorite holiday. He especially liked short stories with twists in them. I picked up “Creepshow” in part because it reminded me of him. I love how with both stories we get a more realistic perspective on some children. They aren’t all saints. Goodness knows I pulled a few stunts back in the day. I just had the luxury of not having cameras everywhere like we do now. We have all seen the behavior we see in “Shingo”. When parents separate it becomes a competition to buy a child’s love. Parents try to one up each other and get more extravagant gifts. This perpetuates the problem. The child will start pitting Mom and Dad against one another. Children need presence, not presents. This cover reminds me of the Crypt Keeper from the “Tales From the Crypt” television series. I don’t know if that was the intent. If so, well played! The fact that he’s laying down in a grave to read comics is a nice touch. I liked the artwork on the interior pages. Everything in “Take One” was so vivid. It earns the mature rating the book received. I liked how Mr. Xander was portrayed and the Marty McFly costume. I got a chuckle out of the entertainment the dad came up with for the party in “Shingo”. As a geek on a budget I would say “Creepshow” #1 isn’t for everyone. The amount of gore in this one may be too much for some. If that doesn’t describe you, you’re in for a treat!
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