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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Comic Review: GRINDHOUSE: DRIVE IN, BLEED OUT #2 Dark Horse

Writer: Alex de Campi

Colorist: Giulia Brusco
Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: December 24, 2014
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC:7 61568 26746 4 00211
Scalped artist R. M. Guéra!
When you think of comics that really bring the Christmas spirit, put Grindhouse at the top of your naughty list! We’re leaving sex and violence under your tree this year, as the desolate plains of the West fall victim to a terrifying quartet of cold-hearted demons, in “Slay Ride”’s gory climax!
* The nasty holiday gem “Slay Ride” concludes!
* Alex de Campi (Smoke/Ashes, Lady Zorro) is back with a vengeance!
* R. M. Guéra (Scalped, Django Unchained) paints the snow red!

Shayla, when last we saw her, was being buried alive in the snow while demonic children watched on with fiendish glee. Well, sufficed to say the brash anti-hero ain't going out like that, so where does the second half of Slay Ride go once she's free and back to whooping the snow demons?

I actually mistook this as an ongoing series, unlike the first run's 2-parter format, but this was the second part and a grand finale to this story, and it wasted no time in getting right back into the action and setting up the final showdown. It's where that showdown pays off on an emotional level that I didn't see coming, though.

I had my heart set on a more visceral, bare-knuckled free-for-all with a demonic bent to cap off this storyline, but the focus wound up having a more emotional, more familial core to it. In a strict story sense, it gave me what I needed more than what I wanted. Shayla was a gloriously bad-ass, defiantly flawed character, and if any of Alex de Campi's characters make a comeback in future issues, I hope it's her.

With Slay Ride #1 & #2 in the books, I now find myself chomping at the bit for whatever fiendishly pulpy extravaganza de Campi and company have cooked up next.

4 1/2 stars

Gef Fox

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