The Lost Boys #1 (DC/Vertigo)

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CREDIT: DC/Vertigo

Rating: 4/5 – A Worthy Sequel to a Fan favorite Movie!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

The movie The Lost Boys came along for me at just the right time. I still wasn’t a teenager, but I was old enough to start enjoying and wanting to watch scary movies. Whether it was the first Nightmare on Elm Street, Fright Night or, at the time, Halloween 4, I couldn’t get enough. The Lost Boys had and extra layer of coolness though. It had the Coreys of course (Haim & Feldman), but the entire cast was perfectly selected and it had a memorable soundtrack that turned the Vampire film into a hit and fan favorite. Now, DC/Vertigo has brought the property back in a sequel to the movie written by Tim Seeley, who is no stranger to horror comics, along with art by Scott Godlewski.

All the main characters are back in this first issue including the Frog brothers, Michael, and the grandpa who plays a much larger role in this book than he did in the movie. Most of this issue’s storyline revolves around the grandpa and the two Frog brothers which is a perfect choice to start with as it sets the stage for the story ahead. After reintroducing us to the main characters we haven’t seen in over twenty years (well, unless you’ve rewatched the movie on DVD more recently), we see the grandpa at a secret meeting of the Santa Clara (Vampire) Hunters Union. It’s here where the action starts as the union is attacked by a whole new group of Vampires that seem more powerful than what we’ve seen before. We don’t know too much yet about this new group of Vampires, but I’m sure Seeley has a plan in place to give them each an identity.

The art by Godlewski is a perfect match for this book and he makes each character instantly recognizable without ever looking as though he copied them from screen shots. That’s a tough thing to pull off, but he does it with ease and the art immediately brought me back to my multiple viewings of the film. My only complaint with this first issue is the Tony Harris cover which looks just awful with it’s odd layout and awkward anatomy.

The first issue of The Lost Boys was a worthy sequel to the fan-favorite movie that I loved.  Seely and Godlewski have created a really strong setup for this sequel and I can’t wait to read more.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
(shawn@comicspectrum.com
)
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