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Halloween Man Gets Superdeformed
The result? A cool-looking book...

I'll admit it. Years ago, Drew Edwards contacted us with his independent book Halloween Man. The idea was great -- a character stuck between life and death in a town where every bad 50's sci fi and horror movie was essentially true. But the xeroxed pamphlet we got didn't impress me nearly as much as the concept did, so I felt like I really couldn't give it the push Edwards was looking for.

In the intervening years, he turned it into a webcomic that gained steadily in popularity. What Edwards also gained was storytelling ability. With the release of the Silent Devil collection, Superdeformed, it's clear that the weaknesses I saw before have been erased. Already the "expanded, retold" origin of Halloween Man seems more coherent than the rushed story I read years ago. And I really, really want to give this book another shot.

He's also got more assured artists. How is it that Nicola Scott has not immediately vaulted into superstar status? This woman has chops, and I absolutely mean the drawing kind. That she's practically a supermodel makes her the kind of spokesperson the industry needs.

Sorry, Joe Quesada and Dan DiDio, but it's true.

From Silent Devil Productions:

Imagine a world filled where every piece of pulp fiction is true. Where superheroes fly through the sunlit sky and terrifying creatures go bump in the night. Where flying cars, robots and time travel are commonplace, and ancient evils plot to rise again. This is Solar City, Texas - home to a heroic monster and the brilliant woman by his side.

Halloween Man is a 21st Century Beauty and the Beast story that brings together the most amazing aspects of horror, superheroes, and science fiction. Come along for the ride, and meet our outlandish cast: There's Dr. Lucy Chaplin, a sex kitten of a mad scientist, Man-Goat, a superhero with the power of a Man-Sized Goat, and Morlack, an aged wizard turned beatnik.

All of whom pale in comparison to Solomon Hitch, the Halloween Man himself. A misunderstood monster with the power of the horror movie sequel, this hero has a heart of gold, and a taste for living flesh. Still, with his friends at his side he might just beat back the bad guys - and everyone else in his way.

Halloween Man - Superdeformed includes brand new stories and some of the best loved tales from the popular webcomic. Written by Drew Edwards, featuring art by Nicola (Birds of Prey) Scott, Benjamin (Dead@17: Protectorate) Hall and David (Blue Beetle) Baldeón. Covers by 666 Photography (featuring Jami Deadly as Lucy Chaplin) and Nicola Scott.

The Diamond order code is AUG07 3961, and it retails for the horrorifically low price of $9.99.
So, why should you buy this book? A better question would be why wouldn't you buy it? Let's ask Joe Fanboy what his concerns are.

"I don't know this comic!"
Not only is there a handy guide to the characters at the start of the book, but the first story is a revised and expanded retelling of Solomon's origin.

"I've never heard of any of the people working on it!"

Well, with a simple trip to your local comic book store you can find other works by the artists involved… or, just look at the pages shown here.

"I'm not sure about buying a trade of a comic book that I've never heard of – isn't it a bit expensive?"

Nope. It's $9.99 for over 100 pages. That's a bargain by most people's standards.

"Well, I suppose you've thought of everything. But wait - what if I don't like it?"

Do you not like good comics? This is a good comic. If you like good comics, you'll like this.

"I guess you've convinced me. So, what do I need to do now?"

Go to your local comic book store. Ask them to order you a copy of Halloween Man – Superdeformed. The order code from the current issue of Previews is AUG07 3961. Tell them to get their order in quickly.

"Go to my local comic book store? I'm the MANAGER!"

In which case, you can order a copy yourself. And a couple for the shelves. Maybe a couple for those slightly weird customers of yours that you think might be interested in the book.

Praise for Halloween Man:

Some of them are monsters and some of them are dead, but Drew Edwards never loses sight of his characters' essential humanity. HALLOWEEN MAN is old school Gothic romance with a post-Kirby twist. A cauldron of cool - Drew Melbourne (Writer, Archenemies)

Quite possibly one of the coolest concepts in comics. Good bad fun for bad readers with good taste, Halloween Man is highly recommended! – Gail Simone (Writer, Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman, Simpsons Comics, Justice League Unlimited)

This stuff is so weird it's almost as weird as certain Japanese webcomics I've come across. Edwards has distinct goals in mind. He wants the stories to FLY, and he wants the look - he employs several different artists - to all hearken back to old EC comics, which they do marvellously - Jason Henderson (Writer, Sword of Dracula, Psy-Comm)

'Halloween Man' remains one of the best of the web comic evolution. It's savvy, self aware, and bends genres at a whim, resulting in the coolest "Silver Age Superhero meets 80's Horror Sci-Fi Hooha Comic co -starring a Man Goat" that you will ever find - Tim Seeley (Writer Hack/Slash, Loaded Bible)



Derek McCaw

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