Review: Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight #2
Just because Grindhouse #1 was the most messed-up comic you’ve read this year, don’t think #2 can’t top it! The bee vixens’ queen is ten feet of pissed-off buzzing stinger, and the only one left to stop her is shotgun-wielding, motorcycle-straddling Deputy Garcia. Good thing she don’t take no bull!
The Grindhouse doors are opening up again this week as the first story in the new Dark Horse series that’s a love letter to Grindhouse cinema and the sleazy movies that played in them comes to a close. Bee Vixens From Mars is written and lettered by Alex De Campi with art by Chris Peterson. Nolan Woodward rounds out the cast with colors. So is Bee Vixens From Mars worth checking out or should you wait for the matinee?
Strange things happened in a small town when honey started dripping on tombstones up on Cemetery Hill. A body had been found decapitated inside of a car up on the hill. The Sheriff and Deputy Garcia, a silver haired, motorcycle riding, shotgun-wielding woman went to check it out. Weird bees started coming out a midnight, a bad sign according to stories Garcia’s grandmother told her. The Sheriff went missing and now it’s up to Garcia to go destroy the bee creatures hanging out in the old church up on the hill. She’s going to need a lot of firepower to pull it off, but she may not make it out alive. Can Garcia take down a whole swarm of trouble? Will she ride off in the sunset on her motorcycle or in a body bag?
De Campi writes an action packed conclusion. This is all-out action from the first panel to the final page. The first issue was setting everything up and this one tears it down and sets it on fire. There’s not much in the way of story, it’s just bee-killing action scene after bee-killing action scene in the way only Grindhouse movies can do. Peterson’s art is great. The bee drones are all very shapely, the Queen Bee is very grotesque, and all the action/explosions would make Michael Bay weep with inadequacy. Woodward’s colors help sell the Grindhouse vibe. The first several pages look like some of the trippiest black light posters you’ve ever seen.
Bottom Line: This is a comic that does everything it tells you in the title. The story is fast and loose, the action is hard hitting, and the situations are crazy. If you’re a fan of the genre you’ll absolutely love this, and if you’re not you’ll still have fun reading an insane story. This is Machete Kills in 22 pages. 3/5