I apologize Paper Cuts fans! We just got busy over here at Paper Cuts Central. So busy that we are reviewing a couple comics for all ages from last week to get you in the Halloween Spirit! You can still always pick these up from your local comic shop or digitally over on Comixology.
The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #22 (Bongo)
There is a very easy way to describe this book. Simpsons parody X. Repeat. In this anthology the Simpsons parody Ghostbusters, X-Files, Vampires and Looney Tunes.
Truthfully, there is nothing wrong with this comic. If you are a fan of the show, there may be some extra enjoyment, but as just a comics fan and occasional Simpsons viewer, this issue just felt a little flat. There was nothing especially clever about the jokes and the art is exactly what you would expect.
Ratings: 2 out 5
Adventure Time: 2016 Spooktacular #1 (Kaboom)
One of the best things about the Adventure Time show is that it strikes a nerve for children and adults for enjoyment.
I was pleasantly surprised that tone carried over into this Halloween special.
Kids who read this book will see some of their favorite characters and the bright colors and different art is sure to keep them entertained while diving through.
Upon a bit deeper reading though, you realize the very cute character of Gunter is put in some very strange and overall creepy tales. Also, art fans will enjoy the changing art styles throughout each story. It gives the overall comic the feel of a horror anthology movie that is enjoyable to see what each creator can do in a short time.
Ratings: 3.5 out of 5
Archie Comics Double Digest #272 (Archie)
It is hard to put my finger on what was so enjoyable about this book, but I’d try to say that this book had the same type of charm that the original Muppets TV show had.
The classic Archie style of art certainly grabs younger readers, but also gives the adult readers that nostalgic feeling of Sunday morning comics and standing in line at the grocery store.
Where Treehouse of Horror relied too heavily on its built-in fan base, Archie has a lot of laugh out loud jokes and clever nods that kept me engaged with each anthology story, despite the similar art running throughout.
As far as Halloween classics go, this is certainly one you want to keep around for yearly holiday read.
Ratings: 4 out of 5