Writer/Artist: Mark Kidwell
Publisher: Fangoria Comics
Bump #1 is my second slasher-horror movie-to-comic read in as many weeks. The other is David Arquette’s Tripper. Both comics/movies have quite a few (story, plot, character) elements common with each other. In addition, although both are aimed towards core slasher fans (I am not one of them), they are done well enough so as to interest even the passer-bys (of which I am one).
This story spans thirty years and as with any good, coughclichédcough, slasher movie/comic worth its salt, it begins with an aging 100%-overprotective 200%-crazy mother and her disfigured social outcast of a son. The boy nee man has a peculiar "hobby," one that ends up having the authorities barrel in through the front door. That he kidnapped the town Sheriff’s daughter (of all people) for his latest subject only serves to hammer the proverbial stone into his and his mamma’s coffin.
Cut to present day and the same Sheriff is retiring and having a party thrown for him. With the night being a particularly stormy one, this seems the ideal time for the dead to make a return, which they do. The only thing remaining is a batch of fresh unsuspecting victims and coincidences of coincidences we have not one but two groups of three drive in, all together making for a nice even half-dozen.
The stage is set for the hacking, slashing, gore and torture to begin (starting next issue).
Even though the plot failed to light the "blaze" of interest within me (it was like a candle), the characterizations did. Not the Sheriff mind you or even the "back from dead" killer and his mother but the new lambs to the slaughter and an old one. I look forward to (and hope for) the return of the Sheriff’s daughter, Abby, possibly the only person to survive the killer and definitely more than just her conversing over the phone with dead old dad.
The artwork of Bump is in keeping with the style usually employed for stories like this, which means it has respectable enough details, marked use of the color red and loads of black. Still, it’s more than enough to play its part in both setting up the mood and telling the story.
Conclusion: Although consisting of the instantly familiar (and some just too familiar), Bump #1 is a well written and illustrated tightly knit adequately paced series opener.
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