Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers!
How could I walk into a comic book store and not buy this book? C’mon! Elvis fighting monsters!?! Shut up and take my money!!!
Now out through IDW is a prequel series to the 2002 (Bruce Campbell classic) feature film, Bubba Ho-tep! Written by Joshua Jabcuga, with art by Tadd Galusha, Bubba Ho-tep and the Cosmic-Blood Suckers pits the king of rock against an unknown alien threat! Here’s a proper synopsis:
From the mind of creator Joe R. Lansdale comes a prequel to the cult-classic film! President Nixon has discovered an alien threat, and he knows there’s only one man he can reach out to for help: Elvis Presley. But will Elvis be enough to defeat a horde of Cosmic Blood-Suckers?
I tend to treat any comic book, book, or movie, review like an art review in college, and anybody who has ever been to art school knows how bad it sucks to have your work thrown up on a wall and discussed by 29 other people who don’t share your interests. So, let’s do just that and start with the good then end with the bad.
I thought the art work (both cover and inside) was pretty incredible, and they did a great job of recreating a slightly past prime Elvis. Even characters like Nixon and the Colonel came off great, and the books colorist (Ryan Hill) did a fantastic job. I also really dig that this is much more of an adult comic book, and mostly free of a lot the politically correct bullshit bogging down modern comics. On the downside, I thought the story was a little lacking. It just seemed weird to me the book is called “Bubba Ho-tep”, when that was a specific monster Elvis fought in that one film. I don’t want to rip on the title too much (hell “Bubba Ho-tep” got me to buy the book), but I would have also paid for “Elvis and the Cosmic Blood Suckers” and it would make more sense. I also felt that elements like the bodyguard/narrator could’ve been eliminated, and more focus given to Elvis to create a less convoluted narrative. However, this is only a first issue, and maybe the bodyguards roll expands later. My only other criticism is that the pacing felt weird in the book. That is the story seemed to jump around unnecessarily between scenes, and it felt a bit rushed. Overall though, I’m probably (budget pending) going to pick up an issue #2 and see where this goes!
I was going to post some sample pages below, but if you click this Bubba Ho-Tep link, you can download the first 5 pages of Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers for Free! You can also buy the comic online from there for $3.99, but we hope you go buy it from a local store where it should be available.