By Stefan Hutchinson (writer), Tim Seeley (art), Elizabeth John (colors)
I’ll admit it, Halloween is my favorite horror franchise. The stuff John Carpenter did with the first and second movies was profound and groundbreaking. The later movies weren’t very good, but I did like the new characters introduced and the sense of continuity that played out. Rob Zombie’s remake? Eh, it was okay.
So how is Halloween: Night Dance? I wish I could say I liked it. From the opening pages it had problems. Writer Stefan Huchinson moves through his opening cast of characters so quickly it’s very hard to understand who is narrating, what’s going on, and who these people are. We’re introduced to Lisa, an 18 year old girl who narrates the story like a 13 year old; she says she feels like a freak, but she speaks like a child. Next, we have Ryan and Marcie whose expository dialogue feels trite, forced, and unnatural. Eventually their paths begin to intersect by way of Michael Myers and then we’re left with a “to be continued”.
Tim Seeley, the best penciler working at Devil’s Due, handles art chores. I enjoyed his art on the Forgotten Realms books, and his work here is good, but I really wish they’d give him an inker. As good as his pencils are, they’re not refined – there’s pencil marks all over the place and it looks tacky. So it falls upon colorist, Elizabeth John, to cover up as much of the imperfections as she can. Another odd thing about this book is the changing font sizes. Sometimes the lettering is small, other pages it’s two sizes bigger. What gives? It’s distracting!
There’s no tension in this book. No suspense. The main character is completely annoying and her narrative is overly written. There’s nothing here to like. However, if you must read this book, I highly suggest waiting for the trade. As it stands now, nothing happens in this book to hold your interest. And I know that there’s probably a lot of Halloween fans out there, but three different variant covers is a bit excessive. (Grade: F)
– J. Montes
A Second Opinion
I have to agree with Jay on this one. It’s hard to understand who is narrating. There are subtle changes in the color of the narration which are barely noticeable and if you’re not paying close attention to the color changes you’re going to lose track of who’s speaking. The script could have been better. The pacing is off, too; I guess Hutchinson is taking it slow.
I didn’t have any problems with the art, and I disagree with Jay when he says adding an inker will improve it. I said this before: I don’t like remakes or sequels with people who didn’t work with the original material. But, there will be always an audience. I won’t be picking up issue #2. (Grade: D-)