♦Tripwire gave its editor-in-chief JOEL MEADOWS the job of reviewing IDW’s The Amazing Screw-on Head And Other Curious Objects Artist’s Edition, written and drawn by Mike Mignola…
The Amazing Screw-on Head And Other Curious Objects Artist’s Edition
Writer/ Artist: Mike Mignola
Mignola of course has been best known as the writer-artist/ creator of Dark Horse’s Hellboy for more than twenty years. But The Amazing Screw-on Head was an attempt for him to create something else when it was published in 2002. Many of these Artist’s Editions are story-driven like the Hellboy volumes by Mignola but The Amazing Screw-on Head is a book that is all about the art. The main story only runs for 31 pages and we don’t learn a huge amount about bizarre investigator Screw-on Head and his adversary Emperor Zombie. In a way, it doesn’t really matter as Mignola has always been one of the best modern comic artists when it comes to composition and so despite the fact that the plot here feels pretty light, you are able to luxuriate in his stunning comic pages and single image illos. As well as The Amazing Screw-on Head, the book also includes a series of short curios like Abu Gung, Prisoner of Mars and Rusty Razorclam and a chunk of pages reprinting his cover images from books like Hellboy, BPRD, Sir Edward Grey and Baltimore.
His art looks magnificent at this size and even though it lacks the overarching story development of a Hellboy collection, it is lovely to have his more eclectic work in one place and in black and white too. No offense to his regular colourist Dave Stewart who is a very talented man but there is an immediacy to Mignola’s work in monochrome.
There is no other comic creator currently working in the industry who is able to synthesise odd Victorian penny dreadfuls and gothic horror with 1950s sci fi, throwing in a dash of classic fairy tales. For fans of Hellboy who want to see more, The Amazing Screw-on Head and Other Curious Objects Artist’s Edition fits perfectly onto your oversized book shelves. Editor Scott Dunbier has yet again shown his not inconsiderable talents as an editor to create an artifact that celebrates Mignola’s work while also offering a more reasonably priced way to own an original piece of Mignola. A great addition to the burgeoning Artist’s Edition library.