"Killogy Halloween Special" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by IDW Publishing
Written and Illustrated by Alan Robert
2014, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 8th, 2014
You might think that a zombie apocalypse would be enough to destroy the world. That was only the beginning for Alan Robert's Killogy. The undead were a precursor for far darker things, ultimately leading to an ocean of blood destroying New York. Enough time has passed for the survivors to fall into a Mad Max-level of dystopian debauchery. They're eating human flesh and scavenging through what's left of the city.
One man is paddling through this filth in a tiny rowboat. You might recognize him if you're a Misfits fan. It's Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, the band's former guitarist. As with the original Killogy series, Robert has cast his main characters with real people, using their likenesses to tell his story. The first four issues starred Frank Vincent, Marky Ramone, and Brea Grant. This one focuses on Doyle's unnamed character.
Doyle's style certainly lends itself to the world of Killogy. He looks like a total badass and definitely not the kind of person you'd want to run into in a post-apocalyptic world. That's the mistake that some bandits make when they see him alone in his boat. They think he's an easy target, but that's the last mistake they'll ever make. After they confront Doyle, they're more concerned with how to get their intestines back into their bodies.
This isn't just another comic set in the same world. Robert continues the story from the original series in a very seamless way. Doyle doesn't tie directly to the previous characters, but he's aware of Antoinette Baptiste, the voodoo high priestess who was the cause of this mess in the first place. It's this knowledge that brings him to Mister Shakey's Kingdom Cum Flesh House, a bastion of depravity and excess that has been birthed as a result of the red flood. Doyle's motives are unclear and there's not enough room in this one-shot to fully explore them. He provides some closure for Killogy but opens doors for further possibilities within this universe.
My only real complaint regarding the issue is some of the dialogue. It can get a little lame at times. Case in point, the aforementioned bandit with his intestines pulled out yells "My insides are on my outside!" While his statement is accurate, it feels cheesy and out of place in this hardened version of the future.
Robert continues to impress with his artwork, keeping the style consistent with the original Killogy book. It's a grindhouse comic, filled to the brim with blood and gore. I'm surprised this comic wasn't dripping when I picked it up.
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Color is used fantastically throughout the issue, especially with all that blood. When Doyle finally gets to Mister Shakey's, there's an impressive two-page spread showcasing the variety of sin available. It comes across like a fever dream with bright colored lights, beautiful women, and dead or nearly dead bodies everywhere serving as food for the patrons.
An additional treat included with this issue is a 10-page preview of Robert's next comic, The Shunned One. This has been in the making for some time and is already being developed into a feature film. The preview pages show a man on the run with a dark creature prowling after him. The design for this thing will give anyone nightmares and it'll make you start counting the days until The Shunned One is released.
The Killogy Halloween Special is a welcome return to this world. I thought the ending of the series felt a little rushed, so I'm glad that Robert has come back to explore further elements to the story. Doyle is a great addition to Killogy. You don't need to have read the original series to enjoy this one-shot, but you'll appreciate it a lot more if you did. You should anyway because that was a damn fun comic. The series is currently being adapted into an animated TV show, so this is a perfect jumping on point to give you an idea of what to expect: blood, gore, and badassery.
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