Challenge 2: Day 136: Bubba Ho-Tep And The Cosmic Bloodsuckers #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Bubba Ho-Tep And The Cosmic Bloodsuckers #1 (2018)
Todd Galusha– Artist
Joshua Jabcuga– Writer
April 18, 2018
IDW Publishing

BubbaHoTep01_cvrABack in the day, Joe R. Lansdale was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for a short story he created in Bubba Ho-Tep which tells the world what really happened to Elvis Presley. The film is kind of legendary in the Cult Classic way as it starred Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead) as Elvis, but if you have never seen the film before then don’t worry cause neither have I. It’s one of the many films on my list to watch and to help is is IDW Publishing who are putting out the prequel to the film in Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Bloodsuckers which I have for you for today. The comic book was written by Joshua Jabcuga (The Mummy: The Rise and Fall of Xango’s Ax) and illustrated by Todd Galusha (Dream Thief). Elvis is living his life in secret now despite his distaste for the man who ended up portraying him in the end. It doesn’t matter much because the Colonel has returned with a mission straight from President Nixon because evil cosmic bloodsuckers are on the loose and Elvis may just be the man for the job after all. For more info on the comic and anything else IDW related, please click here.

Layout 1This is definitely one interesting comic that I will say is more suitable for mature audiences only so parents be aware if you’re looking at this for your kid. I have to say that overall the story definitely has me interested in continuing on to the next issue, but I had a couple of issues with this one. Dialogue wise, the comic is a little bit overwhelming at times because I am trying to understand what is going on because there is a lot going on. You’re first trying to understand the dynamics in this comic as far as relationships because I always thought that Col. Parker was his most trusted mate, butt he’s kind of a fat sleazeball manager that is using Elvis to get business done. Then you’re wondering well what era are we in right now and is President Nixon still the president? Other than that the comic is enjoyable and you can definitely tell they are opening us up for more action in the future because things are just getting started. I was a huge fan of the artwork in this one, I thought that Todd Galusha did a terrific job. The panels are definitely easy to follow along with so you shouldn’t have much of an issue. I kind of wish that I had seen the film first, but if this is a prequel then it should be a helpful tool going in.

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

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