they meet. Finally, their careers reach their nadir when comedians
enter the picture: think Abbott and Costello, who met Frankenstein,
Dracula, The Wolfman, and even Jack The Ripper (yep, that
one was heeee-larious).
is about to offer up a fifth phase for the film monsters:
retirement. In Grumpy Old Monsters, announced last week, writers
Anderson and Moesta explore the sunset years of creatures
who cannot seek the sunrise anyway.
in repose have all gathered at the Rest In Peace Retirement
Home, "…for mature monsters with special needs." Serving as
both a "where are they now" and vague parody of One Flew Over
The Cuckoo's Nest, the first issue mostly covers the new status
quo for the old creatures of the night.
Pu-Ho-Tep narrates, his sad state almost oxymoronic. Mice
nest within the confines of his body, and somehow his bandages
have developed a curved spine and a pot belly. He smiles as
he remembers his glory days, which is more than the aged Dracula
can do, stuck eating his buffered blood jello. Though the
vampire may wish for something more substantial to sink his
teeth into, those same choppers float in a glass for cleaning.
the Wolfman and Invisible Man fare better - only male pattern
baldness plagues the lycanthrope. But things have gotten so
stale, the workers so casual with their charges, that fake
excitement gets generated when a denizen appears to have drowned.
Helsings are on the scene, though, as they should be when
monsters are near. However, they've gone into real estate,
and their latest plan to rid the Earth of evil involves redeveloping
Castle Frankenstein into Transylvania Shores, a luxury condominium
the utmost respect for these monsters they've still reduced
to cartoons, the writers have set up a pretty good plot. It's
still not quite as funny as it should be, but there's a nostalgia
that carries the book further than it has a right to go. From
references the characters make, it's clear that Anderson and
Moesta treat every classic Universal film as canonical.
may be hard to reconcile with the art of Cavero and Mendoza.
It owes far more to Gold Key's Li'l Monsters than anything
from the Universal days. But it does establish a unique look.
Dracula has the sagging appearance of an owlish muppet. The
Frankenstein Monster's body bulges where clearly, his connections
are coming loose.
there's no way that cute little Tiffany Frankenstein, who
mobilizes the monsters, could be anything but a cousin to
Old Monsters makes a promising start - but it remains to be
seen if it has something of substance beneath its charming
Grumpy Old Monsters will be released in November,
a 4-issue mini-series retailing for $3.99 from IDW Publishing.