Book Review: When Drive-ins Attack – Issue 4

WHEN DRIVE-INS ATTACK- ISSUE#4 (COMIC)
Author : Rich Stahnke
Pencils: Rich Stahnke, Chris Moreno, Brian Wisniewski, Douglas Draper Jr.
Colors: Rich Stahnke
Letters: Ken Nuttal
Publisher: Tin Star Studios
Publication Date: 2009
Format: B/W – 32 pages
Price: $4.50

When Drive-Ins Attack! #4 kinda took me by surprise. The description of the title “An anthology series featuring stories inspired by grindhouse cinema,” really didn’t sell to me what I was in for. Now if it said that great B-Movie in comic book form I would have been more prepared. Now I should mention I have not read #’s 1-3 yet, but #4 was easily accessible. I was brought into a brand new story that just had me hooked from the first page.

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5
Starting with the main story “The Pack” I think Stahnke did a good job. Very easy to follow. Nothing was confusing, I knew what was what. The only downside to me was I thougt it was too bright, the colors didn’t bring me into the atmosphere of the story. The main standouts though for the art are the Vintage style posters (which should be for sale so I can get one). I mean from my graphic designer stand point they are just phenominal. The best part is I don’t have a favorite. Each is great in it’s own way!

Story: 5 out of 5
Like I mentioned already. I was not expecting this type of story to come from this book. You would think writing like this should come from Marvel or DC. The interactions might not read to your average comic reader as good, but to someone who has seen way to many bad horror movies, this is nailed right on the head. Flat out great. The ending of the story was the definite selling point. Then on top of the story you get the humor of the Mock posters. A solid 5 out of 5.

Dying Breath: 4.8 out of 5
The only reason I am not giving this the full 5 out of 5 is because I wanted more. When I say that I mean when I here anthology I typically think 2 or more stories. But the writing is solid, the art is spectacular, and the whole package is worth every penny. Now I have to go and get my hands on #’s 1-3. Well done guys. I will be coming back to the Drive In.

All four issues are on sale at www.indyplanet.com

For more info on When Drive-In’s Attack please go to http://www.mikehoffman.com/

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