Review: EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1

EdSciss_01-prjpg_Page1EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1
Written by Kate Leth
Art by Drew Rausch
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: October 22, 2014

Edward Scissorhands #1 picks up at least a decade after the end of the movie. The granddaughter at the end of the film is now a teenager and is now wondering about the truth behind the legends of Edward that her grandmother told her over the years. Meanwhile, Edward Scissorhands has lived in isolation the entire time. Not once leaving the mansion on the hill following the events of the movie. Edward begins to explore more of his creator’s creations while in exile.

The writing, overall, is strong. Kate Leth made the choice to have the Edward sequences remain largely silent. It works great to capture the loneliness of the isolation of Edward’s exile and gives the artist, Drew Rausch, the ability to demonstrate his skills and showcase his art. Leth didn’t do a silent issue, though. She also demonstrated the ability to have dialog and show character that way. The scenes between Meg and her mom are good examples of how to build a world organically and without burying everything with exposition. It is quite effective and establishes the characters in a way that moves the story along.

The story structure is effective and uses cuts between Edward and Meg that helps keep the plot moving along. The Meg segments are great for building the world. The Edward moments provide some character moments, but merely set up a new story that is going to be built upon on the next issues. The establishment of an ongoing plot is one of the things I was pleasantly surprised by in this series. I wasn’t sure what direction the comic would take and the direction it is headed is sure to be a fun one.

The art on display from Drew Rausch is reminiscent of that of the Beetlejuice animated series (oddly enough another continuation of a Tim Burton film) and it works. Some might find the animated styling to be off putting but I think nothing can capture the nightmarish suburban world of Tim Burton better than Rausch’s style. Everything is exaggerated and allows for everything to be not only energetic but also emotive. It is a breath of fresh air in the world of comics to see an animated style on a major property. Rausch flexes his muscles during the largely silent Edward sequences. The sequential art tells a story with little to no text and does it with excellent precision. It is difficult to tell a story without words but Rausch shows he can do that no problem.

Overall, Edward Scissorhands #1 is a fun comic that continues the story from the movie while establishing a new direction that promises hope for a series of stories. The writing is fun and skilled at balancing the difficulty that comes with handling a beloved film such as Edward Scissorhands. The art while may make some turn their nose up at it is in reality something that captures the world of the bizarre that Tim Burton has built. Fans and the uninitiated will love Edward Scissorhands #1.

The Verdict: 8.0/10

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