Like a barroom brawl between drunken pugilists--lurching into every corner of the tavern, knocking over tables, eventually spilling through the front glass window onto the pavement outside--Jason and Brian careening from medium to medium to medium. First films. Then literature. Then the sideshow. And now they stagger into the realm of comics.
Much of modern horror owes a debt of gratitude to those pioneering "funny books" of the 40's and 50's. Movie directors concerned themselves primarily with lurid makeup, well-known actors, and shocking gimmicks; plot was often an afterthought, if it was thought of at all. Kill your antagonist in the third act? No worries. Just gin up some excuse to revive him before the opening credits of the inevitable sequel.
But to draw an audience, publishers like E.C. Comics actually had to spin true tales of horror, and rely almost solely on the well-crafted yarns. Modern peddlers of horror fiction are as much heir to the legacy of Tales From The Crypt and Value of Horror as anything penned by Poe.
A masterful play on Jason's return, this. Take the eyes, add two more. Frame them in a face awash with fear. Re-establish the narrative with a single word and a ellipsis.
These last two volleys have been my favorite thus far. Now we enter endgame.
Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Matthew Baldwin.
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