Edward Scissorhands Vol. 1 Parts Unknown by Kate Leth
Published May 19th 2015 by IDW Publishing
An all-new adventure revisiting Edward Scissorhands’ two decades after the end of the fan-favorite movie! In a castle just outside a sleepy suburban town, a brilliant inventor created Edward Scissorhands… but left him tragically unfinished. Two generations of exile have left Edward digging through abandoned experiments, but once he wakes up a creature left buried, he discovers he isn’t the only one missing a vital piece. As Edward tries to fix a grave mistake, he comes face-to-face with a teenage girl who was sure he was only myth… despite the stories her grandmother told her about the man she could never touch. (Goodreads)
This graphic novel was not on my radar until I ran across it one evening in Barnes & Noble. I have loved Edward Scissorhands since 1990 when the movie released. Yes, it’s been that long. A quick flip through and I instantly became a fan of Drew Rausch. Seriously. He is that talented. His art style mixed with the colorists who worked on this volume set the tone of the story, but also the atmosphere of Edward Scissorhands so perfectly. I attempted to do a video review, but it became a fangirling episode rather than a critical look at the story and the graphic novel as a whole.
This story picks up decades after the movie so I would recommend watching the movie first if at all possible (recommended, but not necessary). We start by finding out a bit of what Edward has been up to and then we return to the Boggs family. In this all new adventure Megs goes digging in a storage locker after her mother refuses to visit her grandmother’s headstone. In a box she finds a bunch of stuff linked to Edward Scissorhands. When she presents the stuff to her mom, her mom encourages her to forget it. She reads her grandmother’s diary anyway and her curiosity gets the better of her. She goes to visit Edward Scissorhands. From there she finds out that Edward accidentally released a previously decommissioned experiment that is wrecking havoc on the neighborhood. Together with Edward Megs hunts down the heartless Eli.
Characters – the characters really come alive thanks to the amazing art of Drew Rausch. The facial expressions are hilarious. If you liked Edward Scissorhands in the movie you will like him in this story as well. Megs is the typical 16-year old outcast which fits perfectly with Edward.
Setting – same as the movie, quaint neighborhood
Plot – well thought out and planned, fast paced. Makes you want to find out what happens next.
Conflict – Edward brings to life a decommissioned experiment who ends up kidnapping one of the neighborhood children.
Resolution – With the help of Megs, Edward is seen as more than a monster.
Art – Fan-fricking-tastic! Seriously some of the best I have seen.
I loved this so much. Now I am completely invested in the series. Luck for me Volume 2: Whole Again releases Oct 22nd! Volume 1 gets 5 stars from me.