Old 06-29-2011, 11:31 PM
SPECIES (1 of 4, June 1995)

Taken from Random Reviews.

This was one of the first comic books I ever bought. I kept seeing TV spots for a monster movie called Species, and since I had low standards as a child, I was highly anticipating what was sure to be a science fiction classic. Ha! Actually, I do enjoy the film for what it is. It's a lightweight exploitation reel with a sweet H.R. Giger design and capable actors on board. Even the sequels are fun. Of course, I didn't know the meaning of "mindless entertainment" in 1995. That didn't stop me from squealing when I spotted a Species comic at the mall.

This is a standard screen-to-page retelling of the events in the motion picture. The plot is stretched out over four issues, three of which are in my possession. I won't bother with a synopsis, but I will say that this issue covers the first twenty minutes of the film. It's a fast read. In retrospect, it was the perfect book for an embyronic comic nerd to pick up. The dialogue is sparse, the narration is concise and the artwork is expressive enough to tell the story on its own legs. Everything is penciled and inked with atmosphere in mind. Dark, shadowy...and we haven't gotten to the violence yet!

The gore doesn't kick in until the second issue. We don't see much of the creature, which is a good thing. I was going to gripe about the character flaws, but writer Dennis Feldman didn't have a lot of room to work with. I can blame him for the film's screenplay, though. The scene where Ben Kingsley attempts to put a young Sil to sleep always vexed the hell out of me. He was too quick to the draw. It seems to me that he would have put more thought into flushing countless hours of hard work and research down the toilet.

But I digress. All in all, this is a decent comic book. Hope you enjoyed the first issue of Panels From Beyond the Grave. This is new territory for me, so cut me some slack, you ungrateful bastard.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:43 PM
Never seen the Species films, but that cover is great! And the fact that they made a comic movie out of it pleases my interest.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:00 PM
Yeah, all of the covers are cool. You should check out the first two Species flicks. The second one is one of the goriest mainstream horror pictures that I've ever seen.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:26 AM
Really? I've always seen it as the prototype for the typical SyFy garbage and just sort of mainstream in the I Know What You Did Last Summer sense. Perhaps it was just the fact that Wal-Mart shoves those dvds down my throat as I wade through the island of $5 dvds, but I s'pose that my initial judgement (read: prejudism) could have been wrong! And if anything can bring the mainstream a little closer to the heart, it's some well done gore (of the prosthetic variety).
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:32 PM
Parts 3 and 4 are SyFy by-products, but no, the first two are fun monster mashes. They are definitely worth $5.
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