Charles Band’s long running cult classic horror film series makes its way to the comic page! When a group of friends set out to use the abandoned Bodega Bay Inn as a party spot, they find out first hand that the bizarre local folklore is more truth than fantasy… as an army of twisted autonomous Puppets have their way with the trespassing teens! The Puppets are back, and they’re out for blood!
Of the many classic horror series out there, this is one I’ve admittedly never watched any of. Not for lack of interest, more so the timing and that I’ve just never gotten around to it since. After reading the first volume in Puppet Master: The Offering, maybe it’s a good thing I did so as an adult…..in daylight.
In typical slasher film fashion, this first arc involves a group of college kids heading off to an abandoned and reportedly haunted hotel. Not long after they settle in, get in some boozing and screwing, do they find out the stories about evil puppets are true. One by one they start dropping, and when the remaining go to leave, another terrible truth is discovered about one kid among the group. The end scene is such a classic and dark way to finish up the book, it was absolutely perfect.
Unlike the era when the original film hails from, the artwork is anything but cheesy 80s. The lineart is clear and strong throughout the whole book, and is complimented by excellent coloring work, especially given the lighting in most scenes. All of the deaths were done gruesomely well, and damn those puppets are as creepy on paper as they must have been on screen.
Are there any survivors in this round and what happens in the closing scene? That will remain a mystery until you go out and pick up this book, which I definitely suggest you do. You probably will want to read it in the middle of the day like I did.
For more information on Puppet Master: The Offering or other Danger Zone titles, check out Action Lab/Danger Zone.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.