This is more like it. Here is something that can stand side by side with the original Lost Boys film. This is mostly due to all the connections issue #2 makes with the original source material. You will get camp, you will get cheese, but if you don’t expect that in Lost Boys, then you won’t enjoy the comic.
Issue #2 of Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs starts with the Frog Brothers returning to their home in Santa Carla to find Kiefer Sutherland, mullet and all, along with his blood sucking cronies ready to kill our less than heroic vampire slayers. For long time fans of Lost Boys, this is an instant hook to start an issue on. A showdown between all the big players of the first Lost Boys film, coupled with a ton of references to the events of that movie, then topped off with a surprise appearance by Corey Haim’s Sam to assist in the carnage. I think that is where the strength of issue #2 comes from. We are given one small sequence jumping to present day with Edgar Frog once again informing his apprentice of the Frog Brothers history, but besides that, everything else takes place in the past, right after the conclusion of the original film. This is a 100% turn around from last issue, and thusly, is 100% more interesting.
Looking over this review thus far I feel I have used the word “movie” or “film” more than “comic” which is what I’m actually suppose to be writing about. But the truth is, Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs is a fan service book. It isn’t anything ground breaking, the internet won’t crack in half with the cliffhanger at the end of issue #2, but for fans of the original film, and excited for this summer’s straight to DVD sequel, Lost Boys: Reign of Frogs will please. Also, to Hans Rodionoff’s credit, all the characters sound like their actor counterparts which I feel is essential to the series’ success. If Rodionoff screwed that up and these guys didn’t sound right, it would be hard to distinguish who is who without constant name drops because visually, the comics and film share no similarities.
I was all ready to bash this issue, much like I did last month’s. I even planned to use a quote from the film (“Maggots, Michael. You’re eating maggots. How do they taste?”) to describe my experience when cracking this issue open with fear in my eyes. But truth be told, I actually enjoyed issue #2 for what it was. Even the ridiculous cliffhanger that spoils the Emerson family name and the hilarious innocent of ole Grandpa was acceptable because it’s Lost Boys. Ridiculous shit happens within the walls of this franchise, it’s up to you to decide if you’re willing to go with the flow.
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