"Edward Scissorhands #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by IDW Publishing
Written by Kate Leth
Illustrated by Drew Rausch
2014, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 22nd, 2014
Some of the kids that grew up watching movies and cartoons from the 1980s and 1990s are now high-powered executives in studios and publishers. This means that we get stuff like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen and a continuation of Edward Scissorhands in comic book form. I was pretty content with the ending of Tim Burton's 1990 film, but writer Kate Leth and artist Drew Rausch look to expand upon the story, setting it in the future. Not the future with jetpacks and robots. Instead, the comic picks up after Kim (played by Winona Ryder in the film) has passed away. Her granddaughter Megs, now a teenager, wonders if the stories she was told growing up were true.
What should be noted right off the bat is that this is a more light-hearted take on the character. He's still creepy, clad all in black leather, with ridiculously sharp blades instead of fingers, but there's an innocence in his face. This is mostly due to Rausch's artwork, which provides a cartoony look to the comic. It almost feels like the Saturday morning version of Edward Scissorhands, especially when you see some of the people living in the town and going to Megs' school.
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The locals have all but forgotten about the visit from Edward. Megs' mother doesn't like to talk about him and shushes her daughter when he's brought up. It seems like everyone went back to that perfect cookie cutter life they had before this strange man showed up in the neighborhood. Of course, the big gothic castle is still sitting there up on the hill for anyone to see. This is something that struck me as odd about the book. If this is taking place in present day (which I'm still not entirely sure if it is), the townsfolk would be burning that place to the ground and there would be pictures and stories all over the Internet about Edward. Instead he's turned into this local myth like the Jersey Devil.
Speaking of Edward, it seems that after living in this castle for decades, he finally decided to check out a few of the other rooms and discovers a prototype for a little boy version of himself, complete with razor sharp claw hands. Seriously, what was with this professor guy and knife fingers? The scenes with these two are interesting and add a level of quirkiness to the comic as Edward is suddenly thrust into the father role. Leth uses dialogue sparingly in these scenes, instead letting Rausch's artwork show the loneliness and naivety that these two characters possess.
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I'm hoping that this new creation, dubbed "Eli" by Edward, doesn't repeat the mistakes of his predecessor, however there's a darker streak within this smaller being. Aside from the fact that he looks like a creepy robot goth kid, he seems to lack the empathy that Edward has. This is seen not only in his actions (which come off rather shocking when he does finally get moving) but in his expressionless face. It's devoid of any emotion and the only real features are two dark holes where the eyes would be.
This first issue of Edward Scissorhands serves as a re-introduction to this strange world, albeit a more colorful version. The people witnessed something magical once, but that has mostly been forgotten or swept under the rug. From the looks of things, this small town is about to be shaken again by the would-be monster from the castle on the hill.