Writer: Joe Brusha
Artwork: Sean Hill/Babisu Kourtis (pgs 13-23)
Colors: Fran Gamba with J.C. Ruiz/Valentina Cuomo (pgs 13-23)
Letters: Fabio Amelia
Zenescope has decided to do something different with this volume of the series. This year they are focusing on Urban Legends. The scary campfire and overnight party stories we have all told for generations have now been brought to life in full color in these issues.
The interesting thing about Urban Legends is that they are practically always rooted in some sort of fact. The story starts somewhere. Over time it gets embellished and more fictional but, somewhere in history there was an event or series of events that has inspired the legend that now exists. Now, I happen to have an encyclopedia of Urban Legends and nowhere in that huge book, nor online, can I find any information about the story behind this first issue. It’s also an Urban Legend I have never heard before. All that being said, it doesn’t mean the story doesn’t exist somewhere, I just don’t know where.
This story is about a group of three boys in high school. You can tell they aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box and they also have no respect for the female gender, no matter what age. It also involves a teacher, a new female student and a haunted high school.
The tale is twisted and a little complicated and since, I don’t’ have the knowledge of the original story, there’s only so much I can tell you because I don’t want to ruin the story, plus the events of this issue tie directly into the upcoming feature film that we are going to get from Zenescope sometime this year (at least that’s what I’ve read online).
These three boys (Evan, Steve and Bobby) are convinced to explore the supposedly haunted high school by the new girl, Trisha. Now, remember that these boys are narcissistic, chauvinistic and well, dumb. There are rumors about things that happen at the school after midnight such as blood running from the faucets in the chem lab, a teacher drowning in the pool and now haunts the halls and a boy being found hanging in the second-floor bathroom. As they are going through the school finding all the creepy spots they see cops pull up, get freaked and bolt. In the commotion, Evan and Trisha get separated from the other two boys. The Evan gets a text from Bobby that says they weren’t spotted by the police and they are heading home. After trying to make a move on Trisha and getting rebuffed and being separated from his friends who have now left to go home, Evan heads home and goes to bed.
The next morning, Evan’s mom frantically wakes him up saying that Steve’s parents and Bobby’s mother have all called and the boys didn’t make it home the previous night. Evan assures her that they did and goes to show her the text Bobby sent but, it’s not there.
Where did they go? What happened? I’m not going to tell you. That would ruin it for you. These are truly great comics and you really should go get this issue. It’s a good one.
I will say that, as always, I really enjoyed this issue. I loved the story and the way it played out. Especially since it was a story I had not heard before. They artwork is great, as usual, and like the other issues in this series, it did not disappoint.