Sunday, September 18, 2011

Amazing Screw-On Head HC

What a delightful collection of short stories from Mike Mignola. It shouldn't surprise anyone that this whole book is right up my alley, I'm a huge Mignola fan at this point.

The lead story has Screw-On Head (on a mission for Abraham Lincoln) taking on a zombie mastermind. S-O Head is a sentient head attached to a screw that can mount himself onto different robotic bodies, including his favorite, "lucky 13." If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will.

The backups are just as good, with a fantastically twisted take on Jack and the Beanstalk, and the surprisingly touching Magician and his Snake story written by Mignola's daughter.

A bundle of fun pin-ups and one more short story about an alien invasion wrap up the collection. I found it tremendously freeing to read some of Mignola's mad ideas without the filter of Hellboy and BPRD. Both of Mignola's core titles have that palpable aura of sadness, from all the deaths in BPRD and Hellboy's eventual fate in his own title. This book has the crazy stories at full blast and raw, no complicated emotions coloring the delight of the madness.


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