It’s a little known fact that I am a huge fan of comics. While I may lean more towards Deadpool and The Darkness, I have a huge place in my heart for horror comics. Anything based on an existing series, to any original story with a slight dark spin, I eat it all up. To start out I’d like to talk about Halloween 01.
While it started out intended to be a one shot (single issue), the Chaos Comics produced Halloween comic spawned two sequels, and together they tell the story of Tommy Doyle ( the kid that Laurie was babysitting) as he reads the diary of Sam Loomis, and learns more of the back story of Michael. The first issue involves Tommy getting the diary, and shows us the story of Michael’s stay at a Sanitarium under the watch of Dr. Loomis.
While Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake had a strong focus on Michael as a kid, the differences between the back stories presented play out quite different. In the movie Michael seemed like a happy, yet disturbed boy, while in the comic Michael is always silent, not showing emotion. In the movie, Michael also had his own room, while in the comic he shares a room with four other boys, who all seem to have terrible accidents or commit suicide. Dr. Loomis is the only person who suspects Michael though, and while I’d like to talk more on how the back story plays out, it’s all we’re given in this issue.
Back in the time of Tommy Doyle, who’s been reading about all this, Michael decides to come for a visit. The comic ends with a strikingly similar scene to the ending of the Original 1978 film. This time, instead of being shot out the window, Michael is lit on fire, and falls out, only to be missing when Tommy looks out to the ground below. With Tommy swearing to himself to see Michael dead no matter what, we’re left with a cliff hanger that almost begs you to grab for the next issue.
The artwork on display in this issue is very simple. There is not as much detail in the characters faces, or the objects in either the back or foreground. It’s not to be taken as a negative on the comic though, you won’t find yourself staring at the pictures, trying to make out what is happening, as you would with the art in some of the comics I will be talking about in the weeks to come. Because of this, your able to really read through the story as if your eyes were on fire, and soak it all in with relative ease.
So if your like me, a Myers fan boy, you owe it to yourselves to track down a copy of Chaos! Comic’s Halloween 01, and see a much more chilling, and much much more evil take on the childhood of Michael Myers.