Not too long before
Wildstorm won the right to publish crappy horror comics based on popular
movie franchises Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th,
and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Avatar Press (best known for
publishing what often amount to crappy adult comics with a "plot")
enjoyed that honorable privilege. So, in honor of Halloween, I'm going
to take a detailed look at one issue of each of these horror properties
written by Brian Pulido, the esteemed creator of such absurdly
ludicrous characters as the utterly vapid Evil Ernie and Lady Death.
I have to admit they were quite enjoyable on that same kind of
so-fucking-insanely-bad-it's-actually-good level that many of the more
hilarious horror movies exist on, but I figured I could do you guys a
favor and share the funnier moments with you so that you don't actually
have to go out and buy them yourselves. However, if you're feeling
masochistic, or if you're a fan of dark, muddy artwork that's hard to
interpret, by all means, go to your local comic store and seek them out!
The only horror that comes from these comics is
knowledge that you actually paid money for them.
Our story begins after the
events of Jason X the movie, as an
unidentified object hurtles through the atmosphere of Earth II and
crashes into a lake on the planet below.
Jason crashes and burns, much like any franchise Brian Pulido gets his grubby hands on.
A couple who happen to be camping on the lake notice the crash and
immediately decide to go check out this potentially dangerous meteorite.
Sorry chief, but since it landed around a camp where you
and your girl have been fucking,
there's a 90% chance that this is
actually some alien monster out to kill you instead.
However, immediately upon seeing the smoking crater in the ground, the
girl gets turned on and begins disrobing.
I hate to burst the bubble
of every hopeful Junior Scientist out there, but
this will never happen. Not to you, anyway. It'll
happen to the other smarter,
prettier scientist instead. CURSE YOU,
With a battle cry of "E equals MC squared", the fuckfest begins!
Hey, uhh...dude? What about that one-of-a-kind
scientific discovery over there you
were so excited about? The one
that's walking away and picking up a tree?
And Jason arrives just in
time to put a stop to that "naughty" nonsense! If Jason can't have the
pretty girls, no one can have the pretty
girls! So he smashes them both with a tree.
Oh ho ho! That was some
climax, huh? I'd say Jason rocked both their worlds!
Yes, a fucking tree. I said it. Not just part of a tree, not a
large branch. A WHOLE FUCKING TREE. Cybernetic Jason has been souped-up
quite a bit, you see. He marches over to survey his handiwork as he is
fully revealed for the first time.
"Dead people make me horny! Tee hee!"
Jason kills a few other people on his way to visit his mother's
graveówait, I thought this was Earth II? What in the hell is his
mother's grave doing on Earth II? Anyway, he stands over his mother's
grave looking sad (as sad as a man in a mask can look), when he is
randomly struck by lightning, because God hates him and made him ugly
Struck by a one-in-a-million cosmic lightning bolt,
Jason Voorhees was imbued
with the power to control electricity and
became the hero known as Lightning Lad!
Meanwhile, we see that
some women who work for the Crystal Lake Gene Farmówoah woah woah, they
actually named a place on Earth II "Crystal Lake"!? What did they
think was gonna happen? Anyway, these women detect Jason's presence
(they know about him and they still named
the place Crystal Lake!??) and send out the "infantry-nites" (the
dumbest named robots not created by George Lucas) to dispatch him.
We soon see that the infantry-nites are tiny robotic bugs that swarm
over Jason, and apparently short out all of his cybernetic circuitry,
incapacitating him. When next we see Jason, he is hooked up to a bunch
of machinery at the Crystal Lake Gene Farm, and Kristen, the woman in
charge of the facility, wants to sample his DNA and use his regenerative
properties to help fight against some unexplained disease that has been
ravaging the planet.
Those Germans and their crazy porn videos...
As they are about to cut into Jason, he hears his mother's voice talking
to him, telling him he has to escape. Somehow she manages to control the
machines and enables him to break free from his confinement.
For a while, Jason was content to be poked and prodded
by their machines.
But when it came time for the anal probe, he drew the
Though Jason didn't arrive from space with his machete, fortunately
there just happened to have one lying around in their lab, which allows
him to go on a killing spree with his preferred weapon of choice.
Robots who don't follow
their programming may find themselves in the fiery hell
where Jason cuts them up with his machete and then makes fun of them a
Jason starts cutting people apart only to discover to his disappointment
that many of them are androids, which aren't nearly as bloody or fun to
kill. He cuts a swath of destruction throughout the lab before breaking
out, where he discovers a bunch of people casually lounging on the shore
of Crystal Lake. Don't you think they could have, oh I don't know, maybe
evacuated the area when they brought Jason into the facility?
"Ohmigod! The crazy killer
got loose!?? But that never happens!!"
Naturally, Jason becomes further enraged at the site of young,
attractive, half-naked people enjoying themselves, so he sets out to
kill them all. Wherever they run, wherever they hide, none are safe from
Who would have ever guessed that hiding
THE DOOR of your cabin wasn't the best idea??
He later discovers that all of these people are robots too. But these
robots bleed and apparently have sex, so they're different from the ones
in the lab. But does the story ever explain that? Of course not!
Eventually Jason makes his way back to the lab and confronts Kristen,
the woman in charge of everything.
In the most heartwarming scene in the entire book, Jason
waves goodbye to his loved ones as his train leaves the station.
Kristen tricks him however and locks him inside a spaceship and rockets
him off into space. She gets her comeuppance though, as she later
discovers her lover who is dying from the still-unexplained disease has
somehow been possessed by infantry-nites that have in turn been
possessed by Jason's mom, and he kills Kristen before turning his
machete-out-of-nowhere on himself.
Jason, meanwhile finds his way to a ship called the "Fun Club".
"Fun Club"? They may as well have a sign that says
Space Pirates, come rape and kill us!" on the side of the damn thing.
They let him dock with their ship with no questions whatsoever,
apparently inviting anyone and everyone on board to party with them.
"We're completely inebriated and vulnerable and trusting
to a fault! What can possibly go wrong?"
The party animals on board wonder aloud who their new visitors must be,
hoping that there are some real cuties on board. Imagine their
disappointment however when all they find is a pissed-off asshole who
That Jason sure knows how to make an entrance!
This book opens up with a narrator opening with all the melodrama you'd
expect from a "dark and stormy night" story, talking about a tragedy
that befell a group of six choir girls some time ago, and the events
were too horrific to be revealed... until now! This opening segment
occurs in black-and-white and shows a bunch of random pictures of inbred
rednecks who are never seen again later in the story, so I have no idea
what they have to do with anything, except that they're probably still
more relatives of Leatherface we haven't heard about yet.
"It was the worst Thanksgiving ever..."
We then cut to the actual events of the story, where we see a group of
choir girls making fun of the one lonely "different" girl in the back of
I've seen plenty of bad acting in movies, but in a comic
book? This is a first.
They never really explain why she's different except that she sits in
the back of the bus away from all the others. And she has black hair, so
she must be a witch or something. They don't travel too long before a
tire blows out on the bus.
"Oh my god, somebody put a banana peel on the road!"
Mr. Milsap, the head of the choir and driver of the bus, decides he'd
better go look for help since they don't have a spare. He quickly finds
himself at the Blair Meat plant, and of course he goes inside calling
for help and finds no one. He's walking around in a large open room when
suddenly a drop of blood falls from the ceiling and hits him directly in
"Oh god, what did I step on? A tampon!?"
He freaks out over something he sees at that point and starts running.
Eventually he sticks his head through a small hole in a door (always a
good idea when running for your life) and gets stuck, at which point
Leatherface comes along and kills him.
Not even Santa Claus takes such delight in his
After several hours go by and Mr. Milsap doesn't return, his wife
decides to go off looking for him, leaving the girls by themselves on
the side of the road. At this point an evil cop shows up and starts
giving the girls a bunch of grief. He insists on searching the bus and
plants a bag of marijuana (or "mary-jo-wanna" as he calls it) on the
ground, "finds" it, and then exits the bus saying he's going to have to
arrest the girls. He didn't have to bother actually planting the bag
however, as none of the girls were with him on the bus to see what he
was doing, so evidently he's just stupid. Naturally, the girls aren't
too happy with the idea of being arrested over something they didn't do,
and immediately resist (and blame Julie Ann, the "freak" girl).
This cop knows all too well that if a hippie bites or
scratches you, you too will become a hippie.
Meanwhile, we cut back to Mrs. Milsap, who has found her way inside the
same meat packing plant her husband was killed in. Leatherface finds her
quickly enough and attacks her. She runs away, and happens to discover
her husband's disembodied head on the ground, causing her to freak out
Look at that! There's like six knives lying right
next to her!
How many other victims get a chance like that?
Which makes her another easy kill for Leatherface (the fact that she's
old and fat probably contributed something to that as well).
Seriously. Look at how happy this guy is.
Shortly thereafter, the corrupt cop brings the girls to "jail", which
happens to be a meat freezer at the Blair Meat plant. After locking them
inside, he selects one girl to set loose in the plant for Leatherface to
chase around and kill.
Welcome to the 2006 "America's Next Top Model" tryouts!
Leatherface chases her around for a short while before carving her up
like a pumpkin (which they don't even show). We only see the other
girls' reactions as they look out the small glass window of the meet
"Oh my GAWD, that
asshole totally made me break a nail!"
After their friend is dead, the cop enters the room and asks who's gonna
be next. And that's pretty much the end of the first issue. I won't be
getting the second, as I don't give half a rat's shit how this ends.
Nightmare on Elm Street
This story opens with a girl named Claire having a nightmare, and of
course you know what that means when Freddy Krueger's involved. Claire
sees all kinds of freaky things in her dream, including a vision of her
dead friend Lindsay, who warns her that everything she's seeing is real
and that she's in terrible danger.
A girl made out of pancakes!?? At last my dream has come
Claire freaks out upon seeing this and runs away, only to find herself
running directly into Freddy's waiting arms.
"Aww, man! Freddy's hugs
are such a drag! He always gets
blood all over me, and that sweater itches like crazy!"
While Freddy grabs her, several more of her friends appear, warning her
that they didn't die the way she was told, but they were rather killed
by Freddy in their dreams. Claire breaks away again, and Freddy tells
her about how all the kids being doped up on Hypnocil to prevent
dreaming and their no longer being afraid of him has weakened his power.
So he explains to her that he needs her to be his messenger and tell
everyone about him so they all get scared again.
Uncle Freddy was always the creepiest, what with
that big bloody glove of his and his "Roman Hands".
Rather than notice the fairly obvious flaw in Freddy's plan where he
pretty much told her flat out how to defeat him, she decides to do
exactly what he told her, and begins freaking out and telling everyone
about Freddy. Initially she tells her father and gets into an argument
with him, insisting that Freddy is real and that she has to warn
everyone in Springwood about him, thus ensuring their doom.
"You secretly replaced my coffee with Folgers
Crystals!?? Fuck you, Dad! FUCK YOU!!"
Her father then calls the mayor, who assures him that a fresh shipment
of Hypnocil is on the way. We then cut to outside Springwood High
School, where Claire is busy telling all of her friends about Freddy and
to be sure to be afraid of him so he can come into their dreams and kill
them too. But a couple of her more meat-headed friends are a bit
skeptical about it.
This use of slang is just downright embarrassing.
A short time later one of Claire's friends, Tia, falls asleep and has a
dream where the school nurse confronts her about her binging and purging
eating habits. At this point Tia starts vomiting all over the place.
Yeah, no one ever thinks of the janitor who has to clean it up
they just decide to puke wherever they damn well feel like...
She can't stop vomiting, and eventually the entire room fills with fresh
vomit, threatening to drown her.
I can think of worse ways to die...no, wait. That's not
true. I really can't.
As she finally sinks under the vomit, she suddenly finds herself dry and
vomit-free in a room with Freddy Krueger. He starts poking her with his
finger blades and makes a cheesy one-liner about how enjoying take-out
(because she's asian, and because he's about to rip her heart right out
of her! Oh Freddy, master of the double entendre!).
Tia thought the stupid joke was kind of funny, but didn't
quite think it was appropriate to laugh.
Then of course he stabs her in the chest and she totally bleeds out and
dies, in her sleep, further confirming everyone's fears that Freddy is
"Hey Tia, let's play doctor! Whoops!"
That same night Claire gets all of her friends together in one house
with the idea that they are going to help keep each other awake so that
they can avoid Freddy. She gives this one guy in the group pretty much
an entire bottle of Hypnocil, leaving the rest of her friends to fend
for themselves on simple caffeinated beverages.
"Hey guys, I've got a plan! If we overdose on these
pills, we'll die and then Freddy can't kill us!"
One girl, Donna, goes out on the front porch for some "fresh air" and
inevitably falls asleep on the swing. She then has a dream about
graduating high school and walks forward to accept her diploma.
Donna always had the same recurring nightmare: She
graduated, and then all of
her idiot friends thought she was a big nerd
because she learned how to read.
Unfortunately for her, she's actually sleepwalking in the middle of the
street and gets hit by the truck carrying the Hypnocil (which is clearly
labeled as such on the side, something that's sure to prevent
crazy druggies from trying to rob or hijack the truck).
Wait a minute! That truck's not carrying Hypnocil at
all! It's carrying milk!
And they labeled it "Hypnocil" so that milk
bandits wouldn't steal it! Genius!
Normally, this would be a problem for Donna, but not for the shipment of
Hypnocil, except that the truck slides into a power station and
explodes, taking all of the fresh Hypnocil drug with it, making the
score now Freddy 2, Idiot Teenagers 0.
"That's right, kids! We've got roofies and plenty of
loose women at this party! Hot-cha-cha-cha!"
Finally we see Freddy holding the limp body of Donna and shouting to no
one in particular that the party has only just begun! To be continued.
Also, no, I won't be finding out how this one ends either.
So there you have a taste
of the horror that Avatar Press has to
offer. I haven't yet seen what kind of cheesy take on these franchises Wildstorm has to offer, but if I hear that it's half as funny as these,
perhaps I'll take a gander at those for next Halloween.
Found any weird, bizarre, stupid or funny comics that
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