Review: The End For ‘Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #12’

by Benjamin Hall

This final issue has quite a few jokes that rely on either references or loving characters breaking the fourth wall. Obviously this means that some jokes will hit and some will miss. Yet the dialogue that is not an attempt at joking is quasi-realistic. Meaning that it is absurd in tone, but in a way that is still believable in terms of the various characterizations. Not to mention writer David Avallone actually treads some slightly fresh ground via the follow-through of the villains’ plans.

While the writing is mostly commendable, the lettering could have done with a little less bolding for emphasis because bolding every third or fourth word gives a sense that there is no real sense of importance. However, the rest of the lettering is finely done, particularly when it comes to font size and placement of text. So kudos to letterers Taylor Esposito and Rieanna Bates for making this issue readable.

The interior art by artist Dave Acosta has a few problems. One problem is how one panel with a bird’s eye view has an obviously ugly minimalist depiction of characters. Another problem Acosta needs to work on is the proportion of legs and the seeming lack of inclusion of certain joints. Yet, this is not to say the interiors are not good just that Acosta has room to improve. Though some of the goodness of the visuals are due to colorist Walter Pereyras brilliant use of color that add to characterization and atmosphere. Lastly, while the covers are fine in terms of aesthetic quality they lack anything to truly grab a potential buyer’s attention. In conclusion, this is a relatively high to medium quality issue that should please fans of Cassandra Peterson alias Elvira, or even just fans of any of the creative team.

Benjamin Hall

Among Benjamin Hall's many credits he is the creator and writer of the comic Time Trio; a writer/editor of various works for Sequart Organization; Blogger for Rippersspot.blogspot.com; a columnist for Comicon. He holds a Bachelor's in film studies and a Master's Degree in Media Communications. He is also an Aspie.

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