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The Halloween Legion: The Great Goblin Invasion [Hardcover]

Martin Powell
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24 Sep 2013 The Halloween Legion
A mysterious team of extraordinary guardians from a place of eternal October protect the sleepy, rural town of Woodland from supernatural menaces - but can the Skeleton, the Witch, the Ghost, and the Devil defend against a full-on UFO invasion? This pulpy, all-ages adventure, spooky yet whimsical, is sure to stir up breezy, autumnal memories of Halloweens past. Also includes the autobiographical short comic "Once Upon a Halloween."

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (24 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616552824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616552824
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 17 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to the prose novel. 31 Dec 2013
Format:Hardcover
This review is based on an advance pdf copy, supplied by the publisher.

This book had a lot to live up to. I read the previous release from Sequential Pulp Comics, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', which was also written by Martin Powell, and gave it a very good review. I also read and reviewed Martin Powell's prose novel introduction to the 'Halloween Legion', which I again praised highly.

I admit to approaching this one with a little trepidation. I liked the prose novel so much that I feared the writing might lose something in the comic strip format. I really shouldn't have worried. Martin Powell has a great deal of experience in both prose and comics writing and made the transition flawlessly. I might have further worried that Diana Leto, who designed all the characters, didn't handle all the artwork for this book, but I actually preferred Thomas Boatwright's art, based on Ms Leto's designs, to her own work on the bonus strip, which is not in any way intended as a criticism of Ms Leto's excellent work.

I probably shouldn't give away too much of the story. Suffice to say that it concerns an alien invasion attempt, which our heroes have to foil. We learn a little more about the abilities and limitations of the Halloween Legion along the way.

As I previously mentioned, there's a short bonus strip, with art by Diane Leto, which tells the true story of the events that happened to Martin Powell one Halloween, when he was just six years old. Events which would inspire the creation of these characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Halloween Super Heroes? You Better Believe I'm There! 24 Sep 2013
By Orrin Grey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's really hard to go far wrong with a book that's got a mummy, a zombie alligator, and flying shrunken heads all within the first two pages.

The Halloween Legion is basically the Fantastic Four with a skeleton, a witch, a pyrokinetic girl in a devil costume, and a ghost with tennis shoes (and a black cat). In this inaugural volume, they're fighting off the titular "Great Goblin Invasion," which is adorable space goblins in 50s sci-fi movie standard flying saucers. The storytelling is incredibly straightforward, in keeping with the pulp tradition that the book is emulating. (It's part of Dark Horse's Sequential Pulp line, which mostly produces adaptations and pastiches of great pulp works.) The dialogue is pretty thoroughly in the "gee whiz" camp, and the whole thing reads rather like a cross between a golden age sci-fi story, a superhero book, and one of those live-action Disney movies from the 70s. (Although those Disney movies never had enough shrunken heads or space goblins.) But it all works, somehow. (The space goblins are a particularly nice touch, with their electro-wands and all, combining standard 50s little green men with something more suitably Halloween-y.)

The big standout for me was Thomas Boatwright's art. I've been a fan of his stuff for a while now, and he does some fantastic work here. The whole package is also pretty attractively put together in a nice, affordable hardcover that's great for seasonally appropriate reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to the prose novel. 31 Dec 2013
By David L. Brzeski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This review is based on an advance pdf copy, supplied by the publisher.

This book had a lot to live up to. I read the previous release from Sequential Pulp Comics, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', which was also written by Martin Powell, and gave it a very good review. I also read and reviewed Martin Powell's prose novel introduction to the 'Halloween Legion', which I again praised highly.

I admit to approaching this one with a little trepidation. I liked the prose novel so much that I feared the writing might lose something in the comic strip format. I really shouldn't have worried. Martin Powell has a great deal of experience in both prose and comics writing and made the transition flawlessly. I might have further worried that Diana Leto, who designed all the characters, didn't handle all the artwork for this book, but I actually preferred Thomas Boatwright's art, based on Ms Leto's designs, to her own work on the bonus strip, which is not in any way intended as a criticism of Ms Leto's excellent work.

I probably shouldn't give away too much of the story. Suffice to say that it concerns an alien invasion attempt, which our heroes have to foil. We learn a little more about the abilities and limitations of the Halloween Legion along the way.

As I previously mentioned, there's a short bonus strip, with art by Diane Leto, which tells the true story of the events that happened to Martin Powell one Halloween, when he was just six years old. Events which would inspire the creation of these characters.

Like the prose novel that preceded it, this graphic novel is perfectly suitable for young children (unless you're one of those religious nuts, who think any mention of magic in fiction is the road to damnation) yet it's still a really entertaining read for jaded adults.

I generally like to include some criticism to balance out my reviews, as I sometimes worry that overwhelmingly positive reviews might not get taken seriously. Mr Powell seems set on making this impossible to achieve.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Boatwright's art 12 Oct 2013
By A. Hii - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm a fan of Boatwright's art so this was a no brainer. The lack of any lengthy dialogue doesn't bother me as the art easily tells the story.. I like the fact this is hardcover ensuring it will last for sometime. Will there be a volume two?
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