Will this blast from the past impress fans? Or will it cut it’s own throat? Read on to find out.
The official description from IDW:
In castle just outside a sleepy suburban town, a brilliant inventor created Edward Scissorhands…but left him tragically unfinished. Two generations of exile have left Edward digging through abandoned experiments, but once he wakes up a creature left buried, he discovers he isn’t the only one missing a vital piece. As Edward tries to fix a grave mistake, he comes face to face with a teenage girl who was sure he was only myth… despite the stories her grandmother told her, about the man she could never touch.
There have been a few movie directors over the years to leave an impression on me, and amongst them is Tim Burton. Yes he may have produced the odd bummer, but generally his films are awesome, with Edward Scissorhands being amongst his best. So when IDW announced they’d be producing a series around the character I couldn’t wait to read it. And having now done so I have to say I’m rather disappointed.
Kate Leth manages to capture the tone of Edward Scissorhands, but so far the vibe is certainly not there. Though the writer gives us an intriguing look into what Edward is getting up to in years to come, discovering another of his inventors creations, there is little depth to the proceedings. There is however some form of emotion through Edward himself, but without any other characters to play off, this lands up feeling pretty stale. Despite this the outside world development was rather intriguing, with the look into Kim’s family being interesting.
The artwork on this issue also left me in two minds, as though it feels very Burton like, having a similar tone to Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie, there’s a small part of me that feels it doesn’t suit Edward Scissorhands. Drew Rausch does however help to make the emotional side of this tale stand out a little more, though unfortunately it’s not enough to make it sing. I did however love the way Rausch handled the scenery, with the other invention that Edward finds also being amazing. His colours also help capture the tone of the character, with there being some vibrant and dark tones throughout.
Edward Scissorhands #1 isn’t the best start for this film continuation, as though it shows some interesting elements, it fails to produce anything solid. Due to this I can only recommend this to fans of the film that are looking for a bit of nostalgia. As otherwise fan or not, this should be left on the shelf.