Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Friday the 13th (Wildstorm Comics)

Friday The 13th (Wildstorm Comics)

In this 2006 6-issue miniseries from Wildstorm Comics, a group of mostly-pretty young people arrive at Camp Crystal Lake for their summer jobs. They have three weeks to fix up the place before the Grand Reopening and the children start arriving. Like always, though, Jason Voorhees has other plans.

Okay, so when it's summed up like that, it sounds like it came from a plain white box labeled Generic Slasher Plot. But there's a little more to it than that. Not much, but a little.

There are new elements to the mythology at play here, which is refreshing when dealing with a franchise that grew a little stale towards the end of its run. For instance, we catch fleeting glimpses of a massive pile of dead bodies at the bottom of Crystal Lake...that don't seem all that dead at all. This is never fully explored, just hinted at in bits and pieces.

Also, the final issue begins with a flashback to 1850, and involves the slaughter of a tribe of Native Americans--possibly linked to the events depicted in the Bad Lands miniseries, in some way.

There's not a whole lot of story going on here, and most of the beautifully-rendered panels are showcases for gore and murder--or bickering and debauchery.

With the sex, drugs and brutal violence, this six-issue story arc more faithfully captures the vibe of the franchise than any other series I've read. It could easily have been just another Friday the 13th movie--which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your viewpoint.


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