- Posted by Johanna on March 14, 2007 at 3:43 pm
- Category: Comic News
Although they call it “updating their publishing plans”, the fact is, the licensed horror movie comics are ending their ongoing runs. Nightmare on Elm Street‘s last issue is #8; the other two end with #6. Press release follows.
Starting in June, WildStorm’s titles based on popular horror movies from New Line Cinema – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FRIDAY THE 13TH, and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE – will change from monthly comics to a series of specials and miniseries.
“This new approach to these franchises should provide retailers with more opportunities to introduce them to new readers,” says Hank Kanalz, VP – General Manager, WildStorm.
The first of the specials will be TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: CUT!, coming in June. Written by Will Pfeifer, with art by Stefano Raffaele and a cover by Darick Robertson, CUT! takes place thirty years after the gruesome events of the infamous “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” as film school grads come to Travis County to document the Hewitt clan. But has the terror really ended? Has Leatherface really faded into urban myth? TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: CUT! will be solicited in the April Previews.
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE comes to end as an ongoing series with issue #6 (FEB070342), scheduled to arrive in stores on April 18.
Also in June, the eighth and final issue of the ongoing A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series will arrive in stores. WildStorm will continue publishing A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, starting with a six-part mini-series scheduled for later this year.
FRIDAY THE 13TH comes to an end as an ongoing series with issue #6 (MAR070260), scheduled to arrive in stores on May 9. WildStorm will continue publishing FRIDAY THE 13TH, starting with a two-part Special, “Pamela’s Tale” scheduled to begin in July.
I suspect that, contrary to executive opinion, new readers don’t want an introduction. Comics just can’t provide the visceral thrill that movies do — I’ve never jumped out of my seat because something in a comic scared me. Comic horror, I think, works better on the intellectual, creepy, having-to-think-about-it level, and that doesn’t really apply to slasher films. The alternative is going for pure gross-out, and we know DC may not be comfortable with that type of excess.
I also fear that Avatar’s previous comics for these franchises have poisoned the well for these titles. Retailers dislike anything Avatar touches, you see, because of their smaller-than-usual discounts, too many alternate covers, and misleading solicitations. (I don’t like their publications because I still remember the publisher threatening to sue anyone who disagreed publicly with him when he published freelancer work that he hadn’t paid for. He was that generation’s Rick Olney.) Moving to a bigger, more respected publisher should have addressed those concerns, but maybe the audience is glutted.