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Texas Chainsaw Massacre #4

Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2007
By: Bruce Logan



"Americarnivore (Part 4)"

Writers: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artist: Wes Craig, Randy Mayor (colors)

Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm


Man, this just keeps on getting more and more gory, doesn’t it? Kicking off with the rather sedate "man hung like a slab of meat" opening (issue #1), this series has progressively gotten more and more, uh, extreme, with this issue just being the latest and probably most expletive in terms of the aforementioned extremeness, with just about every character involved getting on with their rendition of the always impressive "chainsaw" act.

As sickeningly impressive as it is to see the characters go up against one another, it is their interactions (more than their individual identities) which interested me more. While A Nightmare on Elm Street has Freddy and Friday the 13th has Jason, Texas Chainsaw Massacre for me has always been about a nameless faceless chainsaw wielding giant of a man going around hacking the life (literally) out of anyone unfortunate enough to wander within his Range o’ Hacking. However, even though he is still the big-bad here, Mr. Chainsaw has the rest of his brood join in with a rather appreciable part (as against the relative "eye candy" part of the movies).

With the Chainsaw-family finally making its move against them, the F.B.I. agents get cut down soon enough, all except Banes and Hooper. From these two, Hooper is the one who gets off easy (for now), although given where he is now, even his time alive seems to be just about out. As for Banes, after a mishap in the underground tunnels and Hooper’s running out on him, he manages to get above ground only to chance upon the rendering just about to go at the Blair Meat Co. plant, (a carryover from the ending of the previous issue). Coming in between the distraught and panicking out of her mind Kim, Banes gets into an all out chainsaw-off, one which he wins, just barely. Not even as he catches his breath let alone tended to his wounds that he is confronted with, well, you know who, thus ending this issue.

There is a fluidity and pace to the artwork (Wes Craig, Randy Mayor) that not only adds visuals to Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s words, it also injects it with life, and I don’t mean that "gone in a slash of the saw" kind but one that grips the reader right at the outset and doesn’t let go until the last panel of the last page.

Conclusion: As far as reading tastes go, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the most serious of all three movie-horror titles currently being published by Wildstorm Productions.

You can find more reviews by Bruce Logan at www.xcave.net



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