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Halloween: Nightdance (Comic Book)

Halloween NightdanceReviewed by Andrew Kasch

Artist: Tim Seeley

Author: Stefan Hutchinson

Distributed by Devil’s Due Publishing


Horror doesn’t usually translate well to comics. That goes double for movie-to-comic adaptations which, for the most part, are nothing more than cheap cash-ins. Most people – including this writer – would be too quick to pass over a Halloween comic book and place it into the junk heap of bad Ash/Jason/Freddy crossovers. But with Halloween: Nightdance, writer Stefan Hutchinson and artist Tim Seeley have done the impossible: They’ve restored dignity back to the character of Michael Myers. Just like Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 series, Nightdance feels like a genuine continuation of a legacy rather than glorified fan fiction.

Halloween NightdanceIssue #1 (of a 4-issue mini-series) introduces us to three different sets of characters whose paths inevitably cross with Myers in the eerie town of Russelville. A disturbed teenager deals with reocurring nightmares, while a couple sets out on a road trip and encounter a young woman escaping from The Shape. It’s a psychologically-driven story that focuses on fear instead of a body count and this first issue is all set-up with some truly effective set-pieces.

Hutchinson’s writing is smart and he doesn’t dumb the material down like all the atrocious Akkad-produced sequels. Mainly it’s because he understands what made Carpenter’s original classic work: He puts an emphasis on mood and characters, touches on themes of fate, and portrays The Shape as an enigmatic force instead of a slasher. No silly sister subplots, no trailer trash families, and no mystical druid bullshit – Myers is a blank menacing slate. This is complimented by Seeley’s gorgeous art, which does an uncanny job at capturing the atmosphere of Halloween.

The story may frustrate readers looking for blood and carnage, but for true Myers fans, this book is a cause for rejoice. Nightdance is everything you need to purge yourself of Rob Zombie and Busta Rhymes, showing the Halloween franchise as it should have been all along.

For more information, check out the official website at the Official Halloween Comics website.

4 out of 5

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8 Comments

  1. Blockbuster, this is classic Michael, the specter of death, the hand of doom, the merciless murderer. He’s not some long haired mongoloid pussy crying about his sister and smashing walls.

  2. Ok…gotta throw my 2 cents into the game…I personally was on the fence about Rob’s version. I mean…while a backstory would be cool for some flicks (it worked for Connor McLeod of the Clan McLeod)…I have to agree that what made Michael so scary in the first place was the fact that he was a complete mystery. He said nothing ever, and was just …. Death Incarnate. The new one took the franchise in a new direction, sure, much in the same way that the album Load took Metallica in a new direction. Sorry…that one always just burned me. Anyway, these comics look FUCKING AWESOME and the Flash intro on the official page is great too…I will have to buy these. Thanks Kasch!

  3. Also, can I point out that Halloween: Resurrection was deemed a modest success at the box office. Does that mean it doesn’t suck complete and total ass?

  4. “by the fact that everyone I know who’s seen it thinks it’s great”

    Wow, was this at your last MENSA meeting?

    “Does Harry Knowles control all you guys, or am I missing something?”

    You like a piece of crap overblown movie only adored by mental defectives, I’d say Knowles controls YOU.

    “Isn’t it surprising that the only people who didn’t like it were the critics, both legitimate and internet,”

    It’s NOT surprising that only the lot of truly intelligent IMDBers loved it.

    Kasch, your review rocked, the comic looks excellent, and the fact that it ignores Zombies piece of fucking shit only makes the deal sweeter.

  5. “Does Harry Knowles control all you guys, or am I missing something?”

    You’ve figured out our grand conspiracy. We’re part of a secret cabal controlled by Harry Knowles who dictates to us all what movies we must and must not like every year. Last year we all got together for our annual meeting at our submercible Legion of Doom style headquarters to hammer out our agenda to takedown Rob Zombie’s Halloween, praise Hatchet, and shun Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Oh, we were also the ones truly responsible for 9/11 and the Kennedy assassinations. You’ve uncovered our secret and now we, along with our entire brotherhood of film critics, legitimate and internet, must use our collective hive mindset to discover your true identity and destroy you before you expose us to the world. There is nowhere to hide. We will find you. Resistance is futile.

    Sigh.

  6. whats less surprising is you showing up to tell us all how good it was.

    box office doesnt equal praise or quality. horror movies appeal to the general masses, and they will pay to see any old shit because they arent fans of the genre and dont give a shit what they pay for. thats like calling Mc Donald’s fine cuisine because it makes more money than gourmet foods.

    hannah montanna is doing great at the box office too why dont you start campaigning for Rob to direct the sequel.

  7. As soon as I saw a review was up for this comic, I knew you guys would use it as another opportunity to slam Rob Zombie’s remake in some way.

    Isn’t it surprising that the only people who didn’t like it were the critics, both legitimate and internet, while pretty much everyone else did, as evident by the fact that everyone I know who’s seen it thinks it’s great, plus the fact that it was HUGELY successfull at the box office?

    Does Harry Knowles control all you guys, or am I missing something?

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