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Razorjack: The Collected Edition

Posted: Wednesday, November 25, 2009
By: Andre Lamar

John Higgins
John Higgins
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The female demon known as Razorjack is on the verge of entering Earth from the Twist Dimension. Serial killers Mr. Kahn and Mr. Jones prepare to sacrifice their next victim--until the female cop known as Frame saves the day. Meanwhile, college students quote a witches spell and accidentally allow the demon to possess one of their peers.

John Higgins establishes the mature tone of this supernatural-thriller early on by presenting a brief and bloody massacre in the alternate Twist Dimension. This lopsided display reveals Razorjack’s deranged minions as they find pleasure in chopping off the hands of their enemies--and beheading them, too.

Generally, in comic books, male characters are the frontrunners in conducting extreme acts of violence. However, there’s nothing like seeing a ruthless woman carryout such acts since she has the ability to seduce and murder. Higgins capitalizes off this concept and allows Razorjack to serve as the catalyst in providing edginess to this bone-chilling script. For instance, upon possessing a college student, Razorjack uses her host to carve a smile on the face of her murdered victim; amputates the hands; rips out the earrings; disembollows the body; then nails the eviscerated intestines to a wall with an amputated hand nailed in the middle.

Aside from this hellish female antagonist, Mr. Kahn and Mr. Jones lend this book a creepy and entertaining dynamic. The consistent nature of these serial killers to remain polite and poised during crucial moments is intriguing. For example, after the pair received bloody noses from the tough-as-nails cop, Ross, Jones calmly said to Kahn, “Both bloodied, Mr. Kahn.” To which Kahn replied, “But unbowed, Mr. Jones. Who would have thought such a small, moist creature would have such sharp claws?”

Although the art in Razorjack isn’t the flashiest, John Higgins does an efficient job in delivering effective visuals--not to mention, he has my respect for penciling, inking, and coloring this entire project. The interiors of this book are reminiscent of comics from the 90s as characters, even the college students, feature comb-over hair styles and straight-legged jeans. Yet, the violence in this book is detailed and gripping.

The shock value in seeing Higgins illustrate a pair of shot-out eyeballs left me speechless. I’m still engrossed by the image of the eviscerated intestines that were nailed to the wall.

As fascinating as this script is, I noticed a number of blemishes within in it too. First, I don’t recall reading the name of the place this story is set in. Additionally, the characters never appear traumatized or shocked by supernatural activity. Since there isn’t any indication these characters are used to seeing demon possessions, I’d expect Higgins to evoke terror into the hearts of his cast members.

Finally, the ending seems undeveloped and flat. There’s not enough supporting information to support the finale. All in all, though, Razorjack delivers a startling and entertaining experience with a few hiccups in the storytelling.



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