Issue by Issue – Puppet Master #1

Writer – Dave Devries
Artist – Glenn Lumsden
Colours – Tom Smith, Dave Devries
Letters – Glenn Lumsden

The first issue from Eternity’s Puppet Master series released in 1990 is a look back at the origins of Andre Toulon and his puppets and how the latter came to be. It begins with a knock at the door in the present before it flashes back to the past where once again, there is a knock at the door. Both represent danger in the strictest of senses and Toulon knows that if he opens the door, nothing good can follow. As it is, and with a fair warning from his wife who is worried that they are doing too much in their puppet shows that might cross the line with those in power, Toulon opens that front door and is confronted by the German police. They are not happy, especially when they see the puppet resembling the Führer, so they destroy every puppet within their sight. Toulon’s wife tries to stop them to no avail and that intervention ends in tragedy. Toulon is devastated and he uses her death to bring her back, at least in a sense, infusing her essence if not her soul into the puppet who readers and viewers of the films would come to know as the Leech Woman. What follows is bloody revenge, enacted by his puppet now come to life but it is not only the Leech Woman, formerly Elsa, who does as such but with a partner, a puppet named Blade who Toulon also brought to life with his formula. Devries does a great job with the material, the man having a good grasp on this world, of Toulon and what makes him tick. Working hand-in-hand with the man is Glenn Lumsden whose pencils make this world of horror and tragedy a reality on the page and it is good to see a man who knows how to make these puppets look as creepy as possible while stressing the dramatic tension throughout. If one had to take a negative away from it, it would simply be the fact that those who are fans of the films have seen this all before. Still, one does have to remember that every comic book is someone’s first and it is nice to revisit the material in order to refamiliarize oneself with it before the book hopefully jumps into newer adventures. When the book ends, it has already cut back to the present and it leaves off in yet more tragedy – or does it? Altogether, this issue had everything one would both expect and want from the property making it a good read overall.

3 out of 5

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