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Haunt #10

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Haunt #10

Credits

  • Words: Robert Kirkman
  • Art: Greg Capullo
  • Inks: Jonathan Glapion and Todd McFarlane
  • Colors: FCA Plascencia
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Oct 20, 2010

Nobody does spectacle like Todd McFarlane and make no mistake about it, despite a top-notch creative team, this is a Todd Mcfarlane comic.

It’s been quite some time since I last picked up an issue of either Spawn or Haunt and there’s a reason for that. I prefer my spectacle with a little side of substance. A comic by Todd is like a summer blockbuster movie from Jerry Bruckheimer or Michael Bay: bubblegum fare targeting audiences looking for an easy escape rather than an intellectual discourse.

And there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve had occasion to speak with McFarlane a handful of times and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say I know the man, I am fairly confident in stating he would be the first to admit he’s not in the business of creating literary comics. He’s in the business of making comics for money.

What this means for fans is when you crack a McFarlane book, you know you’re likely going to get more than your money’s worth of ball-busting action sequences, insanely detailed double-page spreads, jarring angles, and a ton of broken border panels. What you’re not likely to find is a strong story holding it all together.

Enter Robert Kirkman.

As one of the hottest and most influential names in the comics industry currently cranking out books, Kirkman has garnered a well-deserved reputation for strong character-driven plots, exciting action-comedy, and snappy dialogue. Unfortunately, all of that’s a little wasted on Haunt. You would think the Kirkman-McFarlane experiment would be a match made in heaven but any successful partnership in life – whether it’s personal, financial, or creative in nature – lives or dies by the balance achieved by the vested parties.

McFarlane’s artistic vision has always been very strong. That’s never been in question. The man is positively driven. What gives some fans and critics pause is the originality of that vision – especially when it comes to Haunt. McFarlane’s newest character feels like an amalgamation of previous works, a composite of Spawn and Spider-Man that never transcends the brilliance of either.

As a result, Haunt reads like a book that is constantly hedging its bets.

And that’s something snappy dialogue and clever plotting can’t fix.


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