A Nightmare on Elm Street #2
Written: Chuck Dixon
Penciled: Kevin West
Inked: Bob Almond/Dan Davis
Colored: Tony Avina
Lettered: Wes Abbott
So, I’m still waiting for the typical Freddy type horror story. These comic books seem to be a milder version of what I know Freddy to be.
Jade is still chugging coffee and now, has added soda that’s chocked full of caffeine and sugar plus, she’s taking stay awake pills. She’s even doing research on sleep deprivation.
None of this can keep her awake forever. She eventually does fall asleep, as they all do, and runs into the mysterious little girl again.
She wakes up in the car with her father. They are on their way to the hospital. He wants a doctor to look at the slash marks on her back (left by Freddy last issue). While at the hospital, they stop by the children’s ward to look for the mysterious little girl. Jade is convinced that since the girl wears a white hospital gown, they will find her there. They don’t. There’s no one admitted there fitting her description and without a name there’s just no chance of knowing where she may be.
After the doctor visit, Jade and her Dad go have coffee and talk about Freddy. He tells her that in his military training he learned about how to deal with sleep deprivation and mental toughness in general, and that he may be able to help her.
Later, Jade hooks up with Kaylee after school. They discuss what to do about finding the little girl. They decide that Jade will go to sleep and look for her in her dream and set an alarm to wake her up. If the alarms don’t work, Kaylee is supposed to wake her up.
So, Jade goes to sleep and finds this little girl. They finally get to have a conversation and Jade asks her where she goes when she’s not appearing in dreams. The little girl says “I see you”. Jade is basically like, “Yeah that’s great but, where are you?” The kid repeats herself.
At the same time, Jade starts to sink into the ground as if it were quicksand and ends up at her brother’s grave site…with Freddy.
She starts believing she can fight him using the information her Dad shared with her but, Freddy clearly proves that it’s his turf and he’s in charge.
Suddenly, Kaylee appears and tries to attack Freddy. And she becomes our only victim of the issue.
Jade wakes up to alarms going off in her room and Kaylee dead, hacked and slashed, left to bleed in the chair in front of her bed.
The police are called, of course, and they take Jade to the hospital. Now, you might be thinking why don’t they take her to the police station. We’ve got a detective on the scene that seems to be familiar with what is going on.
While at the hospital, they pass by the ICU (I see you) and THERE is the little girl. She’s practically dead, waiting on a heart transplant, living in a chemical induced coma and only reaches REM sleep every so often.
Jade wants to stay for awhile and her Dad stays with her. Jade drifts off to sleep, leaning on her father’s shoulder. She floats off into a dream. Someone, a man, grabs for her hand. She turns and looks up to see her Dad. He’s in full military deployment gear and ready for war…with Freddy. Together, he intends for them to send Krueger back to Hell.
I’m feeling about 50/50 on this series so far. Freddy is not sarcastic like he is supposed to be. He doesn’t kill enough for me and we don’t see enough of him in general. This is such a focus on Jade and this little girl, I’m waiting for the focus to shift to Freddy, which is who this comic book is supposed to be about. I am going to give it a couple more issues before I give up on it. I’m hoping it will pick up.
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