By Christine Caprilozzi , Sr. Editor
“The Living Corpse: Haunted” One Shot Review
Writer: Ken Haeser & Buz Hasson
Artist: Ken Haeser, Buz Hasson, &Blair Smith
Release Date: August 21, 2013
Synopsis: An all new fright-filled, knuckle-biting, pants-wetting one-shot inspired by this summer's Amazing Adventures Of The Living Corpse animated movie from Shoreline Entertainment and Anchor Bay! A haunting at an abandoned mental institution brings THE LIVING CORPSE out to investigate! Our intrepid, undead hero must fight his way through an army of feeble-minded ghosts to unlock the secret of the evil Doctor Death!
Our Thoughts: Long time fans of “The Living Corpse” will notice that this seems to really tie into the movie version of “The Amazing Adventures of The Living Corpse.” The surroundings are similar, and we also see the first appearance of “Murk” in the comic, as well as how the Corpse obtains his signature coat. “Haunted” is pretty much a collection of three separate stories. The first one features Dr. Hardquannone, who sports a plague mask, and turns pretty gruesome. There are also pretty solid backup stories including one where The Living Corpse meets Edgar Allan Poe and a certain Mr. King.
The standout of the issue for me is the grand finale,“The Living Corpse meeting Mumbles the Clown” (a creation of Rob Dimension). This story shows a ton of humor, grit, as well as a lot of promise for Mumbles to have somewhat of a recurring place in future comics.
I don’t want to give too much away on the plot of these stories. I will, however, comment on the artwork. For fans of The Living Corpse, the combination of Haeser and Hasson has always been like peanut butter and chocolate. However, the addition of colorist Blair Smith seems to make the Living Corpse really jump off some of these pages. Fans of the comic will certainly not be disappointed. Those who aren’t fans yet, will most definitely get their money’s worth. “The Living Corpse: Haunted” hits stores Wednesday, August 21st.