The Surgeon #1 and #2 (of 2)
Formulaic stuff, this. A group of disparate characters find themselves trapped in an enclosed space with an evil entity on the prowl. And get this: it's bent on their destruction!
"Based on the screenplay from Parade Films", THE SURGEON is a comics adaptation of a film that hasn't yet happened. With its join-the-dots plotline and attempt at establishing another iconic horror figure, it has play it safe stamped on every cliche-ridden scene throughout. The artwork, however, mixes Talbot with Lloyd, and with a lucid enough scripting, it's not terrible; just derivative beyond maintaining consciousness. (Unless you're 15 or under.)
Pretty much a poor kind of Prince of Darkness then, THE SURGEON is just as appealing as the majority of mainstream titles to be found on your local specialist's comics rack; and no less original or dead-bodied than the recent Jeepers Creepers. US format, glossy painted cover, B/W interior, two pounds. Check availability with Rough Cut Comics Limited, 129 Langmuirhead Road, Glasgow G66 5DL, Scotland. Or/and visit www.roughcutcomics.com.
(Review by John Robbins)