At this point, IDW have pretty much cornered the market on film and TV show adaptations. Aside from Kaboom’s tie-ins, IDW have all the great shows, film adaptations and stories (Ghost Busters, Borderlands, and all the Cartoon Networks tie-ins you could ever want) as well as reprints of classic 2000AD strips. IDW always tend to have sleeper hits on their hands, and Edward Scissorhands by internet-and-comic queen Kate Leth and artist supreme Drew Rausch is one such title.
Edward Scissorhands #1 is a spiritual successor to the 1990 Tim Burton film, and follows the life of our title character as he continues trying to find a companion. No one in the neighbourhood believes that he’s still there, but Kim’s granddaughter does, and wants to believe in Edward and all the seemingly crazy stories her grandmother told her. The story takes a turn for the worse as Edward finds another broken boy left behind by the Inventor called Eli, and as Edward tries to bring him to life like him, he realises it’s harder than he first thought… Edward Scissorhands #1 has covers by Gabriel Rodriguez, Gabriel Hardman, Drew Rausch, with Rodriguez and Rausch also offering convention and Hot Topic variants respectfully.
I’ll begin my review by saying I am hugely biased in terms of Kate Leth. I’ve been following her online webcomic, Kate Or Die! for about a year or so, and I find her humour and her storytelling absolutely fantastic. She’s strong-minded, smart and funny, and I almost always end up loving her work, and I think that Edward Scissorhands is her best book yet. She captures the dream-like, modern fairytale feel that the original film has, while also making a completely new story within the story’s universe. Her dialogue and interactions are superb, and she manages two simultaneous story threads fantastically. Leth captures the childlike wonder of Edward’s character perfectly, and she handles the story twist excellently, matching a equal parts of horror and wonder. As for the storyline with Megs and her mother, the arguments between mother and daughter feel horribly realistic. They jar the comic by bringing it back to earth, and outside of the fairy tale that is Edward’s solitary life, and oddly complement it. While all Megs wants is to be alone with her thoughts and hear her Grandma’s stories, Edward has nothing but himself, and is wrapped in comfortable loneliness. Leth manages the themes with ease, and this dark fairy tale not only echoes the original, but it brings a fresh breath of life to it, complete with Leth’s trademark warmth and humour.
I’m a big fan of Tim Burton’s spoopy, gothic films, and I also enjoy his poetry (I read The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories when I was younger and fell in love with it) and his artwork. The art is dark, cute (in a weird way) and inimitable. Artist Drew Rausch’s art is all of this and more, and excellently suits Burton’s cinematography and filmic eye. Rausch’s art looks dark and cute, perfectly suiting the tone of Leth’s storytelling. His artwork is cartoonish in some place, with a hint of Rob Guillory and Roman Dirge for good measure. Rausch captures the world of Edward Scissorhands with a careful eye and creative style.
Edward Scissorhands #1 is the spiritual sequel to the film, and writer Kate Leth brings a unique take to the dark fairy tale, capturing the themes of the story perfectly. Leth has delivered a superb first issue which balances storylines and sets up on heck of a cliffhanger. The artwork from Rausch is excellent, and blends gothic with cute, perfectly complementing Leth’s story. Edward Scissorhands #1 is an exciting start to what is bound to be an interesting story, well told by Leth and Rausch.