This is a review for Issue 4 for Edward Scissorhands. You can read the reviews of issue ONE, TWO and THREE by clicking on their links.
I’ve really enjoyed reading the new Edward Scissorhands series from IDW. Having had a love for the film for many-a-year, it’s exciting to read about the continuing adventures of Edward and to find out what happens after the events of the movie. Writer Kate Leth and artist Drew Rausch continue to impress in this fourth issue, as Megan attempts to get Edward to help with the investigation of the missing boy
who was captured by Eli.
One of the things that I really like about this series, something that continues to be apparent as issues go on; is the relationship between Megan and adults. Often times when you’re a teenager, you feel that adults are “bringing you down” and that you don’t feel understood. It’s one of the main themes in the Tim Burton film as well; as Megan’s grandmother, Kim, goes through the same thing with the townspeople. They don’t understand her all of the time, and they most certainly don’t understand Edward. I enjoy the parallels between the film and the comic as Megan must go through a similar problem when she discovers Edward and asks him for his help in tracking down Eli. He responds that the “People out there don’t like me. I scare them.” It’s sad and true.
Kate Leth continues to shine as she expertly writes Megan as being a believable and capable young adult. Megan attempts to get adults around her to help, but they are more focused on their own ideas about how to handle the kidnapping, rather than to listen to her. There’s a brilliant scene with one of the police officers who keeps ignoring her and brushing her off as he reaches for donuts and tells her that the case is in the very capable hands of the authorities.
Aside from that story, is what’s going on with the earlier robotic version of Edward, Eli. I’m still not sure if he’s evil or just not going about his new-found freedom the right way. His interactions with Philip Brosgol make it seem as if he’s just trying to find out what it’s like to be human; but with hands more deadly than Edward, he could end up harming more than just dogs and rats.
As usual Drew Rausch’s art only lends itself to Leth’s writing. The expressions of the characters, the eerie shadows and imagery of Edwards castle, Eli’s exploration into human anatomy; these things all blend together into a very fantastical and engaging comic. We’re about halfway through with this seven issue series, and I look forward to seeing what happens next with these characters. Before I forget, the ‘Clippings‘ section is still there and I encourage all of you who have been reading along to give feedback to the comic’s creators or just share your stories. Make sure you head to your local comic book shop today and pick up this great Issue #4!