Review: Charles Band And Co Have Some Fun In DOLLMAN KILLS THE FULL MOON UNIVERSE
What does one expect from Charles Band and Full Moon? Crazy plot lines, a little sleaze, and a whole lot of fun! Dollman Kills the Full Moon Universe definitely delivers that while bringing to the forefront some of Full Moon’s characters that don’t get a ton of attention.
In Charles Band’s Dollman Kills the Full Moon Universe, “Dollman [or Brick Bardo as he is known on his home planet], a diminutive space-cop, is dead-set on destroying the overflowing evil creatures that inhabit his galaxy! First up? The Demonic Toys! It's a miniature maniac versus a toy box of evil in what could be the beginning of the end for the Full Moon Universe!”
Issue #1 of Dollman Kills the Full Moon Universe reintroduces readers to Brick Bardo from the Dollman films and comics (a 4 issue mini-series put out by Eternity Comics). If you aren’t familiar with the character, he stands 13 inches tall and though it isn’t mentioned by name, he mainly uses his Kruger Blaster (the most powerful gun in the universe). Obviously, as the comic’s namesake, Dollman will be present through most if not all of the future issues of the comic.
It appears that each comic will feature Dollman battling a different enemy from The Full Moon Universe. The villains introduced in Issue #1 are The Demonic Toys (who coincidentally battled Dollman in 1993’s Dollman vs. The Demonic Toys) and Myron, The Head of the Family. The comic is broken into 2 stories, featuring each villain respectively. In this issue the Demonic Toys storyline is the main attraction while The Head of the Family serves more as a short.
As I mentioned in the introduction above, the comic is exactly what you’d expect out of Full Moon. In fact, it reads like the movies play.
The art style in Dollman Kills the Full Moon Universe is fairly standard comic art. There isn’t really anything bad about it, but it isn’t jaw dropping either. What does stand out however, are the covers. The Ben Templesmith and Robert Hack covers are really fantastic.
Overall, if you are a Full Moon fan I think you’ll likely enjoy this comic. Heck, I think most horror fans would enjoy this. Admittedly, I have not seen most Full Moon features outside of the Puppet Master series, so this is more of an education for me but it was an enjoyable one! Issue #2 comes out next month and will feature the puppets from Puppet Master. You can bet I’ll be picking it up!