Action Lab: Danger Zone/Full Moon Presents 2016
Written by Brockton McKinney
Illustrated by Sergio Rios
Coloured by Marcelo Costa
Upon his execution, the world thought they’d seen the last of convicted murderer Millard Findlemeyer. But his mother’s black magic and a vat of cookie dough changed all that when The Gingerdead Man was born!
Well with the title and the main cover you knew this was going to be silly and all kinds of gory fun, kind of along the lines of say Leprechaun. I came into this with no expectations I wanted to just sit back relax and enjoy and that’s exactly what I did. I had to look up Gingerdead Man to see what the source material was so colour me surprised that it was an actual movie now I kind of want to watch it. Honestly though if you’ve never seen it don’t worry because this issue does everything you need to enjoy as a new person to this character.
I was really impressed with the story as it opened. Troublemaker kid aside Synithia and her crew definitely make for a great catalyst to get this rolling. I like this crew and what they are doing adding in this whole drug runner scheme was a brilliant move and the way Brockton has it all play out was brilliantly done. While I know what kind of series this is meant to be and not everyone is going to survive but that isn’t going to stop me from already having favourites whom I’d like to see make through this first arc.
So we’re not only introduced to that crew but the business next door run by Kayla with her charge Billy, the young hooligan who likes to light firecrackers. Along with Mister Gill you immediately see that they balance out the bad of the crew with their innocence and goodness if you will. I’m super impressed with the sheer amount of characterization Brockton brings us. Not only that but also by Sergio and Marcelo. They manage to really infuse and bring out the personalities of these characters through what we see. Almost as if we’re getting a preview of who will be a major factor in bringing the Gingerdead Man down.
I’m also a huge fan of the fact that Brockton doesn’t waste any time in bringing Millard back to life this issue. The circumstances of that are fantastic and totally within the realm of what you would expect. Sure there’s this whole Chucky kind of vibe and there’s magic in his original creation that we don’t see of here but there’s always time for that later down the road. I look forward to seeing how that original origin along with this new mixture of how he was brought back comes into play.
The dialogue is cheesy and fun of that there’s no doubt and it makes for extremely entertaining reading. It has that whole 80’s horror movie vibe to it where there’s as much blood and gore mixed in with that tongue in cheek humour that stays with you for a long time. It’s memorable and has the right mixture of seriousness versus silliness to keep reader’s coming back time and again.
I’ve touched on the work of the interiors already but let’s expand on that. The use of pages and panel layouts keep things moving along and also really highlight just the right moments. Plus there is something about the Gingerdead Man that just embodies everything possible with this book. Oh and thanks to the dialogue the last page pin-up is one of those moments you live for!
This is a mature title but it’s easily accessible and is going to bring you back to this place where you can fall in love with B Horror flicks all over again.