By Damien Becton
In my previous review of Marc Andreyko and Dynamite Entertainment’s adaptation of the 2001 horror movie, I stated that if you were a fan of the film like I am, then you would probably enjoy the book. I also stated that if you weren’t a fan of the cult classic, then you would have a hard time getting into the issue. With issue number three, the previous statements still hold true. But now even fans of the book may feel this book grow just a little bit tiresome and repetitive.
The book picks up as the protagonist, Devon, recovers from his hallucinations that had taken place in the previous issue. He wakes up in a daze, confused, and bewildered - which ends up being some good foreshadowing for much of remainder of the book for me. The confusion stems from the constant ping-ponging of points of view. The perspective would continuously change from Devon to The Creepers, and I wasn’t sure what was happening - not until Devon explicitly says it: Devon and The Creeper now have a psychic connection.
Other than this new twist into the Jeepers Creepers canon, there is no progression in the story. For the most part, this book ends with Devon and The Creeper in the same position that they were in the previous two issues. Devon is on the road to look for The Creeper while The Creeper is doing Creeper things. The book is focused on the setting up of The Creeper terrorizing citizens, and this wouldn’t be a bad thing if we hadn’t had two issues doing the same thing. The star of the book needs to be The Creeper - I think it’s time that we have had more of him.
Again, the art in this issue is pretty good. It shines brightest when, like in the previous two issues, The Creeper is on the panels. Other than Mr. Jeepers Creepers himself, the art can be quite forgettable - nothing sticks out other than The Creeper. This brings me back to my previous point: More Creeper, please.
Overall, the book suffers from the repetition and monotony of the previous two issues. It feels like Andreyko is trying to push out a few more issues before finally getting to the REALLY good stuff - the stuff that we are truly hungry for The Creeper. It’s not a bad book, by any means, especially if you liked the movies. But I anticipate even fans of the films might soon be feeling fed up with the constant spinning tires of this narrative without any significant progression forward.
Jeepers Creepers #3