HALLOWEEN MAN #24 [Advance Review]

HALLOWEEN MAN #24/ Script by DREW EDWARDS/ Cover by JTA/ Art by ANDREA MONTANO/ Colors by KITTY PIERCE/ Letters by APRIL GUADIANA & REED HINCKLEY BARNES/ Layouts by APRIL GUADIANA/ Edited by RUSSELL HILLMAN & JAMIE BAHR/ Published by JB EDWARDS & SUGAR SKULL MEDIA

They say the dead rise from the grave on Halloween Night, but Solomon Hitch knows from personal experience that it doesn’t take much to make the restless dead… well, restless. Sometimes all it takes is the promise of a big party or a shot at revenge. Hence why Solly felt compelled to step in when he heard news reports of a fancy high-rise covered in slime and reports of undead greasers running amok. Just another night for your friendly neighborhood ghost fighter.

The gang at Sugar Skull Media seem to be working gangbusters this month, turning out another issue in the build up to Halloween 2020, the 25th monthly issue of Halloween Man and the 20th anniversary of the character’s creation. I’m not complaining. More Halloween Man is always welcome and there’s no dip in quality despite the speed with which the new issues have been coming out of late.

The story this time is simplicity itself, but quite enjoyable. The action is straight-forward but Drew Edwards dangles a few carrots regarding the on-going subplots regarding Solomon’s changing psychic abilities and the suggestion that something big is coming. What, exactly, that big thing is remains to be seen, but we can probably expect to see that tease explored more in the big anniversary issue in October.

The artwork is of equal quality to the story and Andrea Montano is fast becoming a favorite of mine. While this may be a superhero story, there’s something big and bold about Montano’s aesthetic that invites comparison to many of the EC comedy/horror comics of old. This feeling is aided by the vivid color palettes utilized by Kitty Pierce and the large letters of April Guadiana and Reed Hinckley Barnes.

All in all, I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror, humor or superheroes. A new reader could jump into this issue with little difficult, but I’d suggest catching up with the earlier issues on-line. This is a fantastic book that always leaves me wanting more.

Halloween Man #24 is now available on Comixology.

5-5

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