EDITOR's NOTE: Scream Queen #3 will be in stores August 13, 2008.
Iíve said it before, Iíll say it again: Independent comics are keeping the horror genre alive in the medium. I realize that Vertigo will always publish books like Hellblazer to fit a certain type of horror comic, but for real variety you have to look at the smaller publishers. These days you can pretty much find any type of horror comic you could want, as long as you know where to look. Iím kind of torn on Scream Queen.
On one hand, for what it is, itís extremely well done. We have the misanthropic, somewhat deformed teenager who was raised in the basement of a mall by an abusive janitor. We have the object of his affections, Molly, a teenage girl who walks that line between wanting to be popular and wanting to be nice. We have the popular jock, who Molly has a crush on, and the dorky guy who works with Molly at the ďEverythingís GrapeĒ stand and silently pines away for her. Oh, and people around Molly keep turning up dead, and not in pleasant ways.
In this issue, our misfit slasher, now running rampant in a Rummy the Rhino get up, continues to pursue Molly. He decides he needs a makeover to appeal to her, so he kidnaps the popular jock and forces him to give up his secrets of trendiness. In the meantime, the rest of the school has begun to catch on to the fact that everyone around Molly is dying, and now sheís even more of an outcast than she was before.
Scream Queen is enjoyable. The dialogue is good and the art does a good job of telling the story. But three issues in and it mostly feels like a slasher movie that Iíve seen before. Thereís nothing wrong with that, of course, particularly since itís not as if itís a particularly over saturated side of the comic book marketplace. But, much like the movies itís emulating, Scream Queen feels a bit shallow. It doesnít really bring anything new to the genre, nor does it stray too much from the formula.
Scream Queen is fluff, but Iím not entirely sure that thatís a bad thing.
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