"Haunted High-Ons #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Source Point Press
Written by Dirk Manning
Illustrated by Marianna Pescosta
Colored by Alessandro De Fornasari
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 11th, 2018
The horror core rap duo, Twiztid, star in their own comic as part-time ghost hunters. The thing is, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide (aka Paul) aren't particularly good at this gig, so when they end up in over their heads with a killer demon, they have to act fast to survive.
I'm still a newbie when it comes to Twiztid, so I'm not that familiar with their work. Their personalities shine through in Haunted High-Ons, so after reading this, I definitely want to pick up their albums. They have a fun, joke-filled vibe and they totally embrace the supernatural. We see them with and without make-up in this issue. The face paint goes on when they enter ghost hunting mode.
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There's a definite Scooby Doo vibe to Haunted High-Ons, but a more mature version. These two guys are somewhat inept at this job and they poke fun at each other while doing it. The jokes are pretty funny and always land. The whole experience could have been ruined if the gags fell flat, but fortunately, writer Dirk Manning brings the laughs.
That humor is amplified with Marianna Pescosta's artwork. She has an expressive style with the characters, showing some a wide range of emotions such as surprise, delight, and annoyance. This especially comes out with Jamie and Paul and how they interact with one another. It's a bit like a cartoon in that sense, but not over-the-top or silly. There's a childlike wonder to Jamie and a snide cynicism to Paul that you can't help but love.
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We get a nice introduction to these two characters and what their lives are like. There's not a long origin story and it's unnecessary in this case. The basics are covered. They've clearly been friends for a while and they rib each other about almost everything. That's enough to get you interested. Throw in the ghosts and you've got a great tale.
Speaking of the ghosts, we've got a pair on display in Haunted High-Ons. The first is a more traditional affair, appearing as a translucent woman. Colorist Alessandro De Fornasari does a great job making her stand out on the page while also giving her an eerie quality. She's a spirit, but not a terrifying one. On the other end of the spectrum is a demonic entity, that's also somewhat see-through, but a whole lot scarier. This is a more traditional looking creature from Hell with hors, wings, and hooves. It's got a reddish hue that screams anger and violence.
Haunted High-Ons is the first of what I hope becomes many more adventures of Twiztid in comics. They seem tailor made for the medium. If this is how the duo handles a regular ghost, how would they deal with the wide variety of supernatural entities out in the wild?