Svetlana Fedotov hails from the wild woods of the Pacific Northwest. She loves horror and comic books, and does her best to combine those two together at any cost. She also writes for the horror site Brutal as Hell and sometimes for the magazine Delirium. Svetlana has recently released her first novel, Guts and Glory, under the pen name S.V. Fedotov on Amazon digital.
“WEIRD LOVE #13” (Comic Book Review)Book and Comic Reviews,Books/Art/Culture,News Svetlana Fedotov
Love is weird enough as it is, what with the feelings and the touching and the general anxiety of being that close to another sack of skin and meat, but it’s even worse when it’s cursed! Heralding the thirteenth issue of the WEIRD LOVE genre re-prints, IDW has selected a collection of works all centered around love and curses. Whether it be black cats or spilling salt, you better believe these lovely ladies are avoiding any possibility of losing their men to the murky shadows of bad luck. WEIRD LOVE #13 has collected comics from long forgotten love tomes of the ‘50s-’60s and while perhaps some of the comics could have used a quick run through the color cleaners, its vintage vibe makes it a great addition to any classic horror lovers (and horrific lovers) collection.
The anthology features a wide-array of tales; starting off with “Superstition Made Me Afraid to Love!” This mouthful of a title focuses on a young girl who can’t do anything unless she had checked the cards and the stars and it’s killing her love life! Mixed in with the tales is another titled “Jinx Girl” about a woman who is cursed at love and “I Was Born Unlucky” and let me tell you, she sure was. If you’re feeling particularly morbid, there’s a titillating little story called “My Kisses Brought Death,” as a woman struggles with the idea of her love being literally poison. And this but a mere selection of delectable tales of romance that wait for you in the pages of the comic.
WEIRD LOVE is definitely not the most serious or horrifying comic on the shelves today and all that “pining for a man” is about as a scary a bowl of cold noodles, but there is definitely something interesting about seeing how horror and love was handled 60 years back. At the time when these comics were originally printed, horror anthologies were a huge business and this is the result of attempting to merge the two together. While the romance aspect was certainly the more prominent feature, the addition of horror had given the medium a new twist and helped open the door for what could be done in ‘girls’ comics, especially in terms of the woman being an active protagonist in her own story. To be fair, not all the comics in this feature a strong female lead, but it’s still something different than what was offered in that era.
WEIRD LOVE is only one work in the staggering collection of old comic reprints helmed by IDW and its partner YOE comics. In traditional YOE fashion, the work attempts to credit the illustrator and publisher for each comic but, like many comics from the era, does not provide writing credits as they were most likely pulled off a stack of already pre-approved scripts. They also keep as close as they can to the original printed quality, a choice that may be off-putting to younger readers, but in keeping with the original inks, WEIRD LOVE provides a more authentic experience. Of course, if you’re only in it for the free fashion tips and corny one-liners, there’s plenty in there as well.