Elvira in Horrorland #2
Written by David Avallone
Art by Silvia Califano
Colors by Walter Pereyra
Letters by Taylor Esposito
The Rundown: Elvira moves onto another world and finds herself in a Kubrickian nightmare.
After finally escaping her Psycho nightmare, Elvira arrives in the snow covered woods around a very familiar hotel. Unable to find the remote that she can use to escape, Elvira enters and has a run in with some of the hotel patrons as she tries to stay out of the way of the plot. After attempting to dodge the more creepy elements, including some pretty dramatic title cards, Elvira finds herself face to face with the hotel’s caretaker and his baseball bat swinging wife.
Things get more intense when the director decides to step in and move the plot forward his own way. A move that will have Elvira on the run as she makes a few changes to the story and winds up face to face with another character from the director’s filmography.
The Story: Fun, campy and charming from start to finish. Avallone not only gets the character of Elvira, but also the tone she uses to both revere and lambast movies. I’ve always loved the respectful way Elvira can make you laugh at something you love and that tone is perfectly captured in this issue. The scene where Jack rattles off lines from his other films as he starts losing it made me laugh out loud.
The Art: Califano beautifully captures the character of Elvira and her personality in the issue. The details in the panels are brilliantly done. I love the look and feel of this issue a lot.