"Vincent Price Presents #28" Comic Review

 

Written by James "Spez" Ferguson

 

Published by Bluewater Comics

 

 

Written by Paul H. Birch & Mel Smith
Illustrated by Mats Engesten
2011, 36 Pages, $3.99

Comic released on March 23rd, 2011

 

Review:


It's the Vincent Price Centennial and what better way to celebrate 100 years of the horror icon than with a comic book featuring a story from the man himself?  The latest issue of Vincent Price Presents is The Return of Dr. Phibes, a crazed murderer / composer who is killing people in strange ways across New York City.  Phibes is attempting to reach through to the other side to bring his dead wife back to life and he doesn't care who dies.  It's up to some hard-nosed detectives to put a stop to this lunatic before he can finish his dastardly plan.  

This issue has a quick, but fun, story.  It also features the most creative and entertaining deaths I've seen in any horror book.  Seriously, a guy gets killed by angry pigeons that crap on him and then fly right into his face.  I will never look at pigeons the same way again.  Please show me another comic featuring a panel like this:

 

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But that's not all!  A man also gets beheaded when he opens his umbrella.  I don't know exactly how that works, but Phibes was behind it and it looked awesome.  Plus the confused look of the man's dog is worth the price of admission.

While the story isn't bad, the dialogue is a little hokey.  This issue takes place in 1999, but the characters are talking like they're in the 1950s with lots of clichés and over-explanation.  No one talks like that and it hurt the book overall.

Mats Engesten's art is OK, but it's nothing to write home about.  It does have the feel of some of the old Tales from the Crypt books so that's a good fit for Vincent Price Presents.  Some of his characters look slightly unfinished, though.  

The Return of Dr. Phibes is a fast read, but it's a fun horror story.  Between the aforementioned creative murders and Phibes' elaborate final plan, the issue is a fitting tribute to Vincent Price on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

 

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James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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