Review: Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown

Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown Kate Leth (Author), Drew Rausch (Illustrator)

Science Fiction, Graphic Novel
Release Date: June 15th, 2015
Print (124 pages, IDW)
An all-new adventure revisiting Edward Scissorhands' two decades after the end of the fan-favorite movie! In a castle just outside a sleepy suburban town, a brilliant inventor created Edward Scissorhands... but left him tragically unfinished. Two generations of exile have left Edward digging through abandoned experiments, but once he wakes up a creature left buried, he discovers he isn't the only one missing a vital piece. As Edward tries to fix a grave mistake, he comes face-to-face with a teenage girl who was sure he was only myth... despite the stories her grandmother told her about the man she could never touch.

A charming revisiting of a childhood favorite. (4 stars)

When it comes to Edward Scissorhands I am of the mind that either you love it or you're wrong. So I was really excited to dive into a new adventure with one of my childhood favorite characters. I anticipated something a bit darker than Parts Unknown turned out to be and yet I love that it's just spooky enough but not scary enough that I could hand this to an 8-year-old to read.

The story is surprisingly endearing. There was a page in particular that made me misty in which Megan unwittingly says something hurtful to Edward and when she apologizes she says, "I don't mean to hurt anybody on purpose, either". It was so real and relatable and in the spirit of the film I was instantly sold from there on. Drew Rausch was a perfect choice for this book. While I don't really dig his style it's Burton-esque enough to really work perfectly here.

Overall, a really charming revisitation of an old friend that's a great way to share it with your own kid.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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