The return to Richard T. Wilson’s Halloween Girl will no doubt make fans happy. The second in the series continues the heroine Charlotte’s story, the graphic novels themselves existing in the same universe as the excellent web series Under the Flowers.
With the first in the series being a horrifying delight, and following on from the high standard set by Under the Flowers, I will admit I approached the second instalment with a little trepidation; the worry being that the standards set previously would not be met. I needn’t have worried.
Once again Richard T Wilson’s writing is superb. The story is gripping and the characters engaging. Horror relies upon you feeling empathy for the leads, our writer knows how to do this. I felt invested in Charlotte’s wellbeing, feeling her fear and willing her to succeed.
Stylistically the artwork takes its queues from the Warren, Skywald, and Marvel horror comics of the 1970’s & 80’s. There is an emotional tone, with the panels focusing on the eyes reminding me of the expression filled close-ups of the silent horror films of the early 20th century. The hellish cover art is something that will haunt my nightmares for years to come.
If you’re not overly familiar with the Under the Flowers universe, there is still plenty here for you. Those who have followed the story from season one will not be disappointed.