Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This issue's cover is about Exterminator One and is by Ken Kelly. Berni Wrightson provides a cousin Eerie intro on the inside front cover.
First is part three of the Night of the Jackass series, "The Children's Hour", with art by Jose Ortiz and story by Bruce Bezaire. A group of children take the Hyde (25) drug, causing another rampage. Bishop and Garson once again arrive to help stop them and meet Berthe Astruc, a chemist who seeks to create a cure for the drug. During the fighting Garson realizes that Bishop's nearly as bloodthirsty and willing to kill as the Jackassers and is helping more out of a desire to output his rage upon them than save others. As the story ends they decide to help Berthe find a cure.
Second is the third part of Exterminator One, by Paul Neary (art) and Bill Dubay (story). The Exterminator is chased down by Slaughter, the assassin introduced in the previous part, who seeks to take revenge for his friend's death. Exterminator is hopelessly outmatched until Exterminator Two, a far more powerful Exterminator robot appears. Exterminator One however, willing to die and stop the Exterminator project, destroys Exterminator Two and willfully lets himself be destroyed by Slaughter.
Third is the second and final part of the Butcher, titled "Bye Bye Miss American Dream" by Richard Corben (art) and Bill Dubay (story). The mob war continues, with the youngest Gambino brother wiping out the leaders of both mobs and taking all the power for himself... only for the Butcher to arrive and kill him seconds later. Realizing he enjoys killing however, the Butcher retires.
"Daddy and the Pie" by Alex Toth (art) and Bill Dubay (story) is next. This story tells of an alien creature whose ship crashes to Earth. He is nursed back to health by a farm family, and the story is told from the perspective of the son in the family. Unfortunately the town becomes fearful of the alien and attack the father when he heads to town on his own. The alien saves him, but dies from his wounds. A terrific story which would eventually have a sequel made.
Fifth is "The Caul", part of The Spook series. Art is by Leopold Sanchez and story is by Budd Lewis. Crackermeyer and the Spook this time seek to help a group of slaves that are bought by a man and dissappear. It ends up the man is a vampire, buying them so he can drink their blood. Luckily Crackermeyer and the Spook are able to stop him.
Last is part three of The Apocalypse series, "The Plague" with art by Jose Ortiz and story by Budd Lewis. This story surrounds two lovers in a apocalyptic setting where they are fleeing from a plague that has wiped everyone out. Unfortunately even they are unable to escape it and succumb to it, becoming a part of it themselves. Like last issue's "The Famine", an amazing story and amazing art.