[Comic Review] Halloween Eve (2012 One-Shot)

HalloweenEven001I read a handful of reviews of Image Comics’ Halloween Eve and I had high hopes. From what I read, the reviews where great. And, I am a fan of Amy Reeder’s previous work (Madam Xanadu and Batwoman, anyone?). So, I was rather excited when I ran scurrying to my local comic shop to nab a copy.

The concept of this work was great. Woman doesn’t like Halloween. Woman is a bit of a snob. Woman enters a world, gets set straight. Woman comes out changed for the better.

The problem with this is, it’s a one-shot and limited to only a handful of pages. Then it’s the one-shot aspect to consider.

The main character, Eve, works in a costume shop. It’s the night before Halloween (hence, the two-fer play on the title). She despises Halloween, and in the course of cleaning up for the night decides to try on a costume and ends up getting sucked into another world. Here, she meets a handful of…interesting creatures and comes out looking like Dorthy from The Wizard of Oz. When she comes out, she’s a happier “better” person for it.

Long-story short…is exactly the point here. There was so much more that could be done with this title. In this case, the sky would have been the limit. Instead, we’re stuck with a floppy that is shorted on pages and follow-up issues. The read was quick…a little too quick, and just when things start to get interesting, it was over. So in a way, the comic is hurting itself.

With the disappointment of the length aside, Reeder, however, does not fall short of her reputation. I have a tendency to go for more…grittier comics. I like dark, rough art. Reeder’s work is all but the opposite. It’s bright. It’s shiny. It’s…pleasing. Those familiar with her work won’t be sorry for picking up this title. Where the story might not fill you up, the eye candy will be more than enough to heap your plate.

Rating: 5/10 Gingered Digits.

Reasoning: Great art, ok story, ok character development, poor plot, not suited to one-shot format.

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