So a strange thing happened to me while I looked over the comics that came out this week. As I scanned each row of comic books at my local store, Royal Collectibles, I started hearing a voice. The voice was clearly coming from my head and it sounded oddly enough like Vincent Price. More so like the mad scientist from a Tim Burton/ Johnny Depp movie than “The Last Man on Earth”, I heard this voice tell me to “Look at the third shelf. Pick me up and buy me.” I wasn’t freaked out by any means because, after all, if you’re going to start hearing voices in your mid-twenties and it sounds like Vincent Price, how bad could it be? But, I was mainly not freaked out because the voices led me to a magical first issue called “Edward Scissorhands” released by IDW.
IDW, short for Idea and Design Works, started in 1999 and quickly developed a niche for attracting well-loved properties such as ‘Ghostbusters”, “Star Trek”, and “Transformers.” Their most recent addition is this week’s debut issue of “Edward Scissorhands.” A title written by Kate Leth and drawn by Drew Rausch, this series takes place years after the movie, and finds the granddaughter (Megs) whom Winona Ryder relayed the story of Edward to, now a teenager.
The story is wonderfully told in a bittersweet way. The artwork is so cute it screams “why haven’t they made an Edward Scissorhands cartoon when they had Beetlejuice?”, so cute that it actually may make your eyes tear. Writer, Kate Leth reintroduces us to Edward, we find him exactly as he was left off in the Tim Burton film, alone. Edward is alone in his castle, “more reclusive than ever” and time has almost stopped for him since the passing of his true love, Kimberly Ann Boggs (Winona Ryder). While passing time, he comes across his creator’s book of inventions and learns of a creation entitled “Miscellany?” Miscellany appears to be a robotic, young boy with literally a keyhole to his heart. Drawn in an alarmingly reminiscent way to Burton’s other creation, Jack Skellington of “Nightmare Before Christmas”, Miscellany soon becomes Edward’s only friend; an only friend whom he names Eli. The artwork by Drew Rausch is very animated and pays direct tribute to the haunting and kooky stylings of Tim Burton. This is even more evident as we meet Megs, the granddaughter to Kimberly. A gothic, teenage girl drawn to look like a gothic, teenage Winona Ryder, is a social outcast and sole believer to the story of Edward Scissorhands. And with that we are now acclimated to a series that will surely become a welcome read to those that love the film, Tim Burton, and Johnny Depp.
The odd charm and kooky appeal of “Edward Scissorhands” is one of those rare treats that you don’t see too often in comic books. But when you do, you’re sure to be swept away as it’s brought to life by the exceptional creativity of the writer and artist. The team of Kate Leth and Drew Rausch is sure to become a hit and I personally can’t wait for more!
IDW’s “Edward Scissorhands” gets five out of five topiary stars!
Edward Scissorhands #1 (of 5)
Writer: Leth, Kate
Artist: Rausch, Drew
Cover Artist: Rodriguez, Gabriel
An all-new adventure revisiting Edward Scissorhands five decades after the end of the fan-favorite movie! In castle just outside a sleepy suburban town, a brilliant inventor created Edward Scissorhands
Format: LIMITED SERIES