Friday, May 27, 2022

Halloween Girl, Volumes 1 and 2, Graphic Novel Review

Yep...horror!  Icky monsters, like giant spiders for example.  Ominous adventures leading into horrific lairs and ghostly settings.  But Richard T. Wilson has given us something much more...and fans of this blog are going to grab onto it and not let go.  Mr. Wilson's "Halloween Girl" comic book series intends to fill seven volumes.  We will look at the first two volumes today.  By the way...Mr. Wilson has created a sultry teen heroine, the amber haired Charlotte.  She's nubile, perky, quite a dish, and her spunk may be just what she needs to defeat monsters and an eerie enemy seeking to capture her soul.

Artist Stephen Mullan gives us Mr. Wilson's creation...the sultry Charlotte.  We first meet Charlotte, a ghost, sadly, in Volume 1 ("Promises to Keep").  She resides in a cemetery and instantly we see she is in awful danger from some force seeking to...well, whatever they want to do to her, it'll be so evil.  The beauty finds a jack-o-lantern filled with a monster spider and the adventure is on.  Next we see the benevolent sort of gal (or ghost) Charlotte is.  Her goodness, beauty, and desire to help the underdog will put her in danger of being picked apart and eaten. 

Volume 2 ("Charlotte's Web") gets creepier. Now Charlotte will be lured into deadly traps as her nemesis, known as "The Hollow," uses her vulnerabilities to exploit her.  Pulled into a monstrous lair, and forced to wander the labyrinth inside, Charlotte is pursued by giant spider creatures that seek to eat her...and worse...well, you'll see.  Mr. Wilson brings his heroine into terrifying danger as creatures converge to ravage and so completely destroy her.  Thank you to Mr. Mullan for his artwork in which the images of the nubile beauty in mortal danger fill our minds with allure and horror.  Horrific and fast-paced, a Young Adult audience will love the story.  I dare say, Charlotte may even bring some adolescents through puberty.  Never fear, Charlotte is one of the good guys...and the monsters are pertinent metaphors for many pitfalls our youngsters are in danger of falling into.

Richard T. Wilson's creation, enhanced by Stephen Mullan's artwork, have given us the most sultry horror heroine of the 21st century.  The story will appeal to Young Adult audiences and fans of hardcore inspiration and good morals to each audience.  Charlotte's beauty, naivete, and spunk exude in every frame even when it appears the evil and monsters are ready to devour her.  Do yourself a favor and start reading the "Halloween Girl" comics.     

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