The Midnite Show #2 Review: Let’s Run Out To The Lobby

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Movie monsters are coming to life and viciously murdering everyone in The Midnite Show #2, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Brian Hurtt, from Dark Horse Comics.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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The Midnite Show #2 Review:

After a showing of the lost, classic monster movie God of Monsters, everyone from Dracula to The Mummy is attacking a small town. And in the second issue, everyone runs for their lives from the movie theater… But not everyone is getting out of this alive.

Host Alex Zalben was pleasantly surprised by how hard the second issue went, as characters get “eliminated very quickly in shocking ways… Bloody, gruesome, and surprising. I am loving this book so far.”

Justin Tyler agreed, and thought the second issue “finished the premise and really set us up going forward in a great way, explored all the actual monsters and… made them actually scary.” Tyler noted that these sorts of classic monsters aren’t always terrifying, but The Midnite Show is “more successful than even a lot of the movies that are trying to make these” horrifying. Calling the monsters here “legit scary,” Tyler added, “this is great.”

Pete LePage thought the second issue “took it to another level.” In particular, he was impressed how creatures like mummies which are usually “like a joke” were not only scary, but that “the design of the monsters was so cool… I’m really impressed with where they took this in the second issue.”

Continuing on the art, Zalben wasn’t sure whether this idea was in Bunn’s script or came from Hurtt’s layouts, but he lauded the “cinematic” feel to the book, cutting between scenes of dialogue and action scenes elsewhere. It’s “something you don’t really see in comics, so I was very impressed,” said Zalben.

The Midnite Show #2 Official Synopsis:

The most infamous cinematic monsters are manifesting in the sleepy town of Cedar Bluffs. As the world changes, becoming more and more like the gothic settings of classic horror films, a group of would-be victims struggles to survive. It’s the most fun you can have getting scared!

Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, Bill Crabtree, and Jim Campbell unleash this tale of terror. Popcorn not included.

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