Halloween Week 2011: Jason Vs Leatherface #2-3 – That saw ain’t family
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I'll be posting both issues #2 and #3 together because the former is mostly character "development".

Like the previous post, the contents are not safe for work due to violence. The cover's... confusing.

Censor Kirby to the rescue!
Simon Bisley on cover duty once more, with the wrong character dressed in drag.

Who knew mindless serial killers were capable of having long, inner monologues like this.
Remember when I said there'd be character development? This book is wordy. Very wordy. Cook goes to wake Jason up so they can have breakfast, but Hitchhiker makes an ass of himself and gets punished, so he takes it out on Leatherface, which... causes this flashback.

When did this turn into a family drama?
RUN TO MAMA IT'S NOT LIKE SHE'S A SERIAL KILLER

Subtle.

Cook shows him around, then Hitchhiker takes him on the hunt for food. And by food I mean people. Once they're done, he shows off his collection of Ed Gein inspired furniture (the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre movie was inspired by Ed Gein's crimes.)

Now I can have nachos AND checkers at the same time!

But of course, Leatherface comes in and breaks a rocking chair that Hitchhiker was making for their grandfather. This doesn't please him.

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT CLEANSES THE SOUL

Which leads to MORE CHARACTER DEVELOPING FLASHBACKS

Yeah, lemme punish you for being mentally and physically disabled by no fault of yours!
*afterschoolspecial.mp3*

You know, when I started reading this, I was hoping to see more fighting, not just SERIAL MURDERERS BONDING OVER THEIR CHILDHOOD ABUSE. Jason is as confused as we are, as this monologue shows:

'What is this feeling?' 'Love.' 'How do I get rid of it?!'
Dear Livejournal, I think I have feelings and I'm not sure what they mean...

Not inspired by British royalty.
And why, oh why do you need to explain the Sawyer family's backstory? WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYY. Knowing that they're a bunch of inbred rednecks who eat other people is enough, WE DON'T NEED TO HAVE THEIR STORY SPELLED OUT LIKE THIS

Ugh. Well, issue 3 can't be that bad...

MUSCLES UPON MUSCLES

The family's getting together for supper, but Hitchhiker notices that Leatherface's been reading his "funny books"...

And yes, that's Invincible Iron Man #1, from 1968!

Hitch starts hurting Leatherface, but Jason steps in to defend him - which makes Cook get involved.

'Tis but a flesh wound!

Jason gets pissed off, and starts chasing them around the house. Cook and Hitch make it to the freezer --
You said Aluminum doors would be strong enough, NOW LOOK WHAT HAPPENED

JASON CARES NOT FOR DIPLOMACY

But here comes Leatherface to save the day!

Stay cool bro, we cool bro, see?
JASON SMASH

YEAH, HE MUST KILL ALL THAT HE LOVES wait what

An epic battle ensues, and I had to leave a two page spread because it wouldn't fit...
I'mma cut you now bit--
Oh no, Leatherface is down, the champeen moves in for the kill --

BONK
... that's it? Beaten with a sledgehammer? Yeesh. Hitchhiker asks if they can eat him, but Cook decides to give him a proper sendoff - with cement blocks. 'Sides, he's too tough to eat.

I'm not sure if that flower is supposed to imply something or what
(...)
SCREW YOU GUYS, I'M GOING HOME

Yes, you did just see Leatherface drop a flower in the water. And yes, that's how it ends. No true victor, a much lower bodycount than the fans had hoped for. A total letdown.

Final thoughts:
The covers are GORGEOUS. Simon Bisley's talents are unfortunately wasted on such a trainwreck of a comic - no pun intended. The story's out of continuity with both the Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre series, but then again, both series have their own share of continuity errors. The coloring work on all three issues isn't bad, and the flashbacks having that blue tint to them is a nice touch. The writer tried hard to make both series work, but by making the main characters relate to one another over FAMILY VIOLENCE... just seems tasteless. Yes, I know, the movies are about maniacs killing people. It still counts as tasteless. You're not supposed to humanize monsters like them. That's part of their appeal, and what makes them scary. They aren't like normal people. By giving Jason "feelings", he loses his appeal. In my opinion, anyway.

More stuff tomorrow!

(Scans from Jason Vs. Leatherface #2 and #3, written by Nancy Collins, plot by Nancy Collins and David Imhoff, art by Jeff Butler, cover by Jeff Bisley. Published by Topps Comics in November and December 1995.)

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