Mr. Crypt #2: Mr. Crypt and the Vampire Menace, from Alterna Comics, is a great follow-up to the first issue and the perfect comic for anyone whose Halloween sensibilities run more Great Pumpkin than The Exorcist.
Written by Troy Vevasis, with art by Aleksandar Jovic, Mr. Crypt can’t catch a break when, who should walk into the library where he works, then Godfrey, hunter of the undead. Dressed in caped attire that hilariously makes him the spitting, iconic image of the creature he hunts, vampires, Godfrey is such a good hunter that he doesn’t realize who he’s talking to, an undead skeleton. In his haste to keep it that way, Mr. Crypt volunteers to join him on his hunt. While nerves could take all the credit, it’s also a PR move. It bothers Mr. Crypt that people run away scared when they find out the truth about him. He wants to prove himself a nice skeleton and maybe, slowly, through acts of kindness towards the villagers who would persecute him, he can change their minds and not have to wear his disguise anymore. Mr. Crypt could use some of his own advice, for while he caught himself last issue starting to judge Baron Rat unfairly, he is too quick to take Godfrey on his word about vampires. That Godfrey is right—they are evil—is besides the point.
Similar to the first issue, Mr. Crypt and the Vampire Menace is divided into seven mini chapters that are more serialized this time around. There’s also more action, with an amusing new motif of a yellow burst, whenever a character strikes a heroic, dramatic pose. Baron Rat steals the show in my favorite chapter, “Mr. Crypt and the Rising Darkness,” proving, like silent comedian best friends, Snoopy and Woodstock, before him, that you don’t have to talk to get the biggest laugh. I hope he gets his own solo chapter or issue one day, so we can learn about what he does by himself, when Mr. Crypt’s not around.
Clock towers remain the best settings for confrontation, with some fun sight gags around vampire and horror traditions. Add in a possible Hitchcock author cameo, and another skeleton on the loose, and Mr. Crypt #2 continues to up the ante, for a real Halloween treat.
Available for download here, Wed. 10/12.