Comic Review: The Amazing Screw-On Head (Dark Horse, 2002)

The Amazing Screw-On Head


Mike Mignola

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not much to say – this is an entry into the world of comic-icon Mike Mignola. However unlike the many other entrants in his ‘verse, this ones very much his visual style but the story is an odd mix of being most unlike and yet sharing a feeling with his others.

This is one I’ve had in my to-read pile forever and finally checked it out.

It’s set in the era when apparently Abraham Lincoln is present and there’s video calling tech that seems to exist and we meet our hero, the Amazing Screw-On Head. And he’s literally a head on a screw that bounces around and talks and it turns out, has a whole slew of bodies that the head can attach to and from the little info provided, I’m assuming that they all have different uses, not unlike the toys we used to get back in the day that had the same character with a whole array of “costumes” for different specialty moments – or actually a bit like Iron Man in a sense. He’s got a dog that acts a bit like some kind of magic radar (?) and he travels by some kind of bullet-shuttle and he has a nemesis who was a world class language expert and is now a zombie that hangs out with a vampire and it’s all quite confoundingly amusing and silly.

The look of the comic is as mentioned, very much in keeping with the Mignola style which is great to see, but honestly it’s a bit weird in this quirky little tale and there are more than a few frames that make it seem like this comic was a tad rushed maybe – a problem I had with the overall script as well which I left me in a conundrum as a reviewer, because it feels very rushed through but at the same time, I felt like that may have been for the best because it might not hold up so well if fleshed out any further.

It’s fun enough if you’re curious but otherwise I would really recommend it mainly if you’re a Mignola-verse fan.

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