Review: Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #1

Sex.  Violence.  An outta-this-world premise.  This comic book has it all. Just like the name implies, the Grindhouse mode of exploitation of all the above harkens back to those wonderful movies from the 70’s that were so risqué that they had to be relegated to midnight showings.

The first issue deals with a small town having a problem with some bees.  Officer Jimmy leaves his lovely ladies to enjoy their honey while he goes off to investigate some kids causing trouble on lover’s lane.  From there, the invading alien bee colony wreaks havoc.

Grindhouse Doors Open At Midnight #1 CoverChris Peterson’s artwork tempts with its salacious depiction of buxom ladies savoring the fruits of bees while also grossing readers with blood and guts aplenty.  His work depicted in a full moon setting never leaves you guess to the action or the monstrosities waiting in the shadows.

Alex De Campi’s writing puts you in the story immediately, setting a world under invasion by Martian bees.  Discovering the premise takes no time, and you will find her dialogue and characterizations as entertaining as the premise.

A perfect kickoff to your October reads, Grindhouse shows great promise with its opening and even more potential in the variety of scandalous entertainment waiting to be explored in future issues.

Score: 4/5

Writer: Alex De Campi Artist: Chris Peterson Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 10/2/13