Issue: Deadmen and Poodleskirts #1
Writer: Chris McQuaid
Artists: Brain Typhair, Daniel Wong, Brian McKay, Jet Amago
Publisher: McHozer Comics
Release Date: September 2009
“In this issue: Dead Menace: Trevor James is your typical 1950’s family man. He has a wife, two kids, a picket fence and a steady job. His life would be perfect… if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s turning into a flesh eating zombie. Ripper: From the pages of Celtic Shaman comes Ripper. Someone or something is stalking the streets of downtown Toronto. But all is not as it seems. Who is the mysterious man the media have dubbed “The Ripper?” XUL The Gabriel Pope Diaries: How far can one person fall and still find redemption? In this special sneak peek of an upcoming graphic novel we meet Thomas Sanders, a man who is willing to sacrifice his humanity to hide from his guilt. Grim Origins: “Ducky” Bruce is a small time hood with a really big problem. What was supposed to be a routine pickup turns lethal when Death comes to collect a debt. Preview of an upcoming graphic novel. McHozers Comics presents Deadmen and Poodleskirts an all new horror anthology series that features a collection of original work from different artists and writers.“
Artwork: 3.8 out of 5
An awesome collection of artists in the nice looking first issue. The cover will grab enough of your attention that you won’t even notice you already bought it. Every style in this book is unique and can easily stand alone. I happen to lean more towards Wong’s stories just because of the detail and I like how realistic his characters are. Very awesome job and I want to see more by these guys soon.
Story: 3.6 out of 5
I loved the the first two stories. “Dead Menace” in particular really pulled that Tales From the Crypt vibe. Just a hopeless story that makes you feel for the guy only to have him spit in your face at the end. “The Ripper” was kinda strange in that I felt it was split in two but both halves had me so interested in the characters. The final two stories I didn’t think had the intensity to draw me in like the first two. However as a whole the stories are all solid.
Dying Breath: 3.7 out of 5
I think that the main thing to point out here is that it is a first issue in a large anthology driven genre. What it does, it does well. The stories are all good enough to stand on there own if they were separate books and they are all interesting. The artwork is what shines the most in my opinion, but all together you get your moneys worth. Check this one out because I see a lot of potential in its future.
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