Release Day Review: Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown (Edward Scissorhands, #1) by Kate Leth and Drew Rausch

May 19, 2015 Book 11 ★★★★

Release Day Review: Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown (Edward Scissorhands, #1) by  Kate Leth and Drew RauschEdward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown by Drew Rausch, Kate Leth
Genres: Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Sequential Art, Suspense, Young Adult
Series: Edward Scissorhands #1
Published by IDW Publishing on May 19th 2015
Source: Netgalley
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An all-new adventure revisiting Edward Scissorhands' two decades after the end of the fan-favorite movie! In a castle just outside a sleepy suburban town, a brilliant inventor created Edward Scissorhands... but left him tragically unfinished. Two generations of exile have left Edward digging through abandoned experiments, but once he wakes up a creature left buried, he discovers he isn't the only one missing a vital piece. As Edward tries to fix a grave mistake, he comes face-to-face with a teenage girl who was sure he was only myth... despite the stories her grandmother told her about the man she could never touch.

I’m not a huge Edward Scissorhands fan, but I can say this graphic novel sparked in me an interest with the whole story and what happened years after the movie took place. After the tragic events that happened in the movie that forced Edward to become a recluse in the castle once again, he lived through each day doing things around the big place as well as look around for the unfinished projects of his creator. One day though, he finds one of the experiments and decides to wake him up. But Edward later discovers that it was a grave mistake and has to find him before he does something horrible to the town.

Meanwhile we have Megan, the granddaughter of the late Kim, a girl who knew Edward. Curious about the old myths and legends of this creature, Megan decides to investigate through newspaper clippings, things her mom remember’s Kim telling her about when she was younger, and diary entries. Soon after, both Megan and Edward have to find a way to stop this heartless creature that is set on finding his own missing piece any way he can.

I will start by expressing how much I loved the artwork here. It was all so full of color yet drawn in a raw and crude way. It reminded me a bit of how Tim Burton makes his own art that looks spooky yet appealing, but this artist had a style of her own that I loved. And this comic contain images that were bound to give nightmares to kids who read them with some of the gore that surges due to the awakened invention.

The story was great and interesting. Simple things here and there added to the big picture that would result in either fixing the invention or the town’s demise kept me wanting to fly through the pages. I also loved how the story presented the prejudice and misjudgment the whole town had regarding Edward, something that was passed down from their ancestors. They instantly thought he was dangerous because of the rumors, not even bothering to put themselves in his shoes and understand him. Megan, however scared she might have been with these same rumors, trusted Edward and didn’t run away. Instead, she sided with him to help contain the rogue invention and defended him when the town wanted to get rid of him with an angry mob. It was great of her to get to know him first before having an opinion of him based on what were lies and fears of the townspeople.

It was intriguing, insightful, humorous at times and very imaginative. Before reading this I never even thought about what might have happened to both Edward and Kim after the movie ended, but I enjoyed reading this to know even more. Hopefully, more adventures will come with Megan and Edward after this installment with all those inventions in that castle, or maybe one about Edward getting hands! Who knows. The possibilities are endless.

Rating: 4 stars



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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂

    Edward Scissorhands is one of my all time favourite movies, and I always wondered what happened to my precious after the credits rolled. So I am so super excited to read this! Although I will always want Kim and Edward to end up together <3

    Thank you for reviewing this one, Jennifer! Otherwise I may have never known about it – how very sad D:

    • jmmbookworm

      Yay! I do hope you like it <3 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Karen

    This is awesome! I did love the movie and I think it’s perfect for the graphic novel format!

    I second Chiara below – EEP

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • jmmbookworm

      haha yes to that! I’m so excited you gals added this great graphic novel <3 Even though, it seems, the intended audience is children, I'm sure all fans will enjoy it regardless of age. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m glad that you liked this one. I didn’t realize they had made a graphic novel, but i love the premise. I’ll have to watch the film again before reading!


    • jmmbookworm

      I kept wishing I could watch the movie while reading this, so maybe watching it beforehand can help with a few things. Hope you enjoy it if you ever read it. Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

  • I enjoyed this too! LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the illustrations (thought the style was different and original and appropriate to the setting and story) but I must admit the MC wasn’t that interesting. Looking still forward to a sequel though. Great review! 🙂

    • jmmbookworm

      Yay another lover! Those illustrations were fantastic <3 For me the MC was okay but didn't have much depth since it didn't seem she was that important I guess. Maybe in future publications the author makes her better. Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

  • This is actually one of my favorite stories. I think I need to have this book in my collection!

    • jmmbookworm

      Yay! haha I hope you like it. Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

  • Ooooh! I have never heard of that movie, but I would love to read this if the book is anything like it. I’m already intrigued, especially with that quirky and unique art style. Especially the fact that it seems this book is also going to talk about societal issues like ostracization and prejudice. Amazing review, Jennifer!

    Faye at The Social Potato