Written: Chuck Dixon
Art: Kevin West
Story Comments: There are 2 stories in the first volume of Wildstorm’s Nightmare series of comics. The first chronicling the story of a young girl who is new to Freddy’s stomping grounds and is the latest on his hit list.
If you ever saw the show Freddy’s Nightmares, then you know what to expect with this one. It feels similar to that in the light that it’s really just the typical “Freddy stalks, Freddy kills, Freddy is a jackass” story. While the movies often did this, at least some of them, like Dream Warriors, tried to shake things up a bit.
This is all standard stuff, there is little to no real character work with the character of Jade. She’s an all right girl, but we don’t delve far enough into her character to really care. The character of
While there are some nice moments, and the first part when Jade is just starting to see Freddy is fairly good in how it pays tribute to the first film, by stories end, it all falls apart and ends up like Dream Master, a crazy mess that has absolutely no suspense. I also didn’t like how
While I enjoyed the bare basics of this story, it really just does nothing to advance the Nightmare mythos or add anything interesting. Seeing as
The second story isn’t much better; again,
This story however, similar to the last one, goes the way of “What the hell was that?” fast. While the opening death was kind of cool, and I liked most of the creative uses of the Dream World, when the main character finally comes into conflict with Freddy, things take a turn for the weird.
While I can appreciate that
This story is far gorier than the previous one, guys get smashed by rocks, there is a guy who gets cut in half and it’s all fairly sick.
Art comments: I have no problem with Kevin West’s art. It’s all fine art and he does a good job. However, it’s all the same to me as far as his work is concerned. While he makes a great looking Freddy, his art doesn’t stand out much against others. Compared to some of the art seen in the Friday the 13th book, I feel it was rather unfair to pare such a blasé artist on Nightmare.
Final Comments: I doubt that if you’re not a big fan of the series, that you’ll really enjoy this series. It has all the good elements of what a Nightmare story should be, but it’s just lacking the punch that the first and second film had and since they’d promised to deliver on that, I feel more than disappointed.
Week’s End is tomorrow and I have a new edition of the Andrenn Channel to post soon. Also, working on some ideas for a new Andrenn’s Game Shelf. Also I know I forgot to post the Red Snow report Card, expect that on Sunday. My apologies, again, really busy over here.
Until we meet again, sweet dreams.