"Halloween Man: Hallowtide #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Sugar Skull Media
Written by Drew Edwards
Illustrated by Lucho Inzunza
Colored by April Guadiana
2018, 24 Pages
Solar City is under attack by a monster ripped right out of the Victorian age, Spring-Heeled Jack. Fortunately, this place has its own protector in Halloween Man, but this is unlike anything Solomon Hitch has ever faced. It will be a huge challenge that will shake him to his core. That doesn't mean his going to back down from this fight.
You can't deny how intriguing the very concept of Halloween Man is. Artist Lucho Inzunza uses just the right mix of horror and heroics in the design, making Solomon creepy yet cool. Half of the character's face is scarred, not unlike Two-Face, and he's got a skeleton arm. He also has long hair and a cool leather jacket covering a jack-o-lantern t-shirt. He’s everything you love about the Halloween season wrapped up in one character.
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If you're not familiar with Halloween Man, writer Drew Edwards gets you up to speed pretty quickly. There's a short cast of characters in the beginning of the issue and it's easy enough to follow along with the story. You don't need to have read every comic that came before it to dive into this one, although I'm sure longtime fans will get a bit more enjoyment out of Hallowtide.
The story wastes no time getting to the bloodshed as Spring-Heeled Jack is presented as a fearsome foe. When Halloween Man gets face-to-face with this monster, he's knocked for a loop. It's amazing to see how much damage our hero can take and still keep soldiering on. He's undead after all, so he can take a licking and keep on ticking.
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Colorist April Guadiana creates a nice contrast between the bright lights of Solar City and the gruesome look of Halloween Man. As cool as Solomon is, he seems a little out of place in this town, but that doesn't mean he's going to back down. His job is fighting monsters and that's what Solar City needs.
There's a cool scene towards the end of this issue where Solomon is digging through some memories. He's shown in full color, but the background is almost entirely devoid of it, showing as just black and white. It makes for a good effect that instantly explains what's going on and where he is.
Halloween Man: Hallowtide is a solid addition to the character's macabre adventures. This is the first half of a two-part tale and it moves at a breakneck pace. It's packed with story and a batch of character development that will give you a good idea of what makes Halloween Man so unique.
Halloween Man: Hallowtide #1 can be purchased digitally through ComiXology.