Monday, May 1, 2017


JOHN CARPENTER'S ASYLUM VOL. 2 (Storm King, First Printing, 2016; Softcover)

Collects John Carpenter's Asylum #7-14 (cover dates July, 2014- May 25, 2016)

Writers: Sandy King and Trent Olsen
Artists: Tom Mandrake (#7, 8) and Leonardo Manco (#8-14)
Colorists: Sian Mandrake, Leonardo Manco, Marjana Sanzone, and Nick Percival

As anyone who watches Horror movies knows, John Carpenter is the cream of the crop. His audio and visual cues have become the standard in Horror that so many others have aped. It is appropriate that Asylum is cinematic in feel and tone. This could have just as easily been a television show on FX or Netflix, but it's in comic form instead. Religion and ultimate battles between good and evil are pet themes for Carpenter, and it's played out here on a more personal scale.

In the series' second arc Beckett and Duran arrive in a small town to root out the mystery of a pattern of child abductions which have been going on for decades. All signs point to a larger evil than just a child abductor, and it turns out that they are right. While the arc was finished with #14 it doesn't seem like this series has truly ended. Hopefully we'll see a return of this series someday. Time will tell.

John Carpenter came to Detroit this past summer for a rare live performance and I missed it. I was in the throes of a major upheaval in my personal life at that time and couldn't make it. I regret not seeing him live but at the end of the day there was no other choice. Such is life, and life goes on.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5.

The OCD zone- A hardcover version of this book exists but I must have missed the boat, as I was in the midst of relocating when this book was released and wasn't spending money on much of anything.
Paper stock: Glossy coated stock. Not super glossy but not matte, either.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Matte finish with spot varnish. The logo and creator names on the front cover are embossed, an elegant touch on a softcover. 

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