Written by Drew Edwards
Drawn by Sergio Calvet
Edited by Russell Hillman
Published by Sugar Skull Media
Previously: Halloween Man: Superdeformed
Drew Edwards has now hooked up with the fine folks at Sugar Skull Media to publish comics of his awesome “superhero” Halloween Man, including this issue. To recap, Solomon Hitch is a zombie. He resides in the futuristic town of Solar City, which he attempts to protect from the various supernatural threats which arise on disturbingly regular basis, with the help of his intelligent wealthy and insanely devoted girlfriend, Dr. Lucy Chapin. Unfortunately, the good citizens of Solar City don’t always appreciate his efforts (because he’s a zombie), but he continues to fight the good fight. In this book a mysterious killer, dubbed “The Terror”, is stalking and killing the local dominatrix’s who work in fetish clubs. No one knows what he looks like, and there are never any witness, so a woman named Claudette, the owner of one of the fetish clubs, who happens to be an old acquaintance of Lucy’s, comes to her and Solomon for help. Lucy is reluctant, but Solomon insists, since the victims are seen as unworthy by many of the local authorities, which is an attitude that Solomon is all to familiar with. But neither he nor Lucy is a detective, so he’s initially @ a lose as to what to do, and The Terror quickly becomes more brazen, strangling another dominatrix to death right in the middle of the street and then later attacking Claudette’s partner, almost killing him as well. I don’t think this counts as a spoiler to say that the reason The Terror is so hard to find or identify is because he’s invisible (hence, the title of this book). So how the heck do Solomon and Lucy stop a killer whom they can’t even see?
Well, the answer to that would be a spoiler, so you’ll have to buy it yourself to find out. ^_^
I think the story flows very well. The witty banter between Solomon and Lucy reminds me of classic “Moonlighting”, and it feels natural. Despite the risque subject matter, dealing with the S&M fetish world, nothing feels forced or over the top, it’s all dealt with tastefully, I’d say. There is no nudity or swearing in this book. And the artwork by Sergio Calvet fits the tone of the story perfectly, giving it a cartoon-ish feel, even with scenes within dungeons where various men and women are chained to walls, I could see this as an animated feature. There’s also more of Sergio’s art in the back of the book, in the form of some character sketches and pin-ups, as an extra treat. The issue also includes a forward by Jason Henderson, a noted horror & comic-book writer himself.
It’s a nice big collection, 106 pages all available for only #1.99. Great value for a great book.