The Infernal Man-Thing #1 is a direct sequel to “Song-Cry of the Living Dead Man!”, a Man-Thing story written by Steve Gerber in the 1970′s. It tells of Brian Lazarus, a failed television writer, on a vision quest of sorts to the swamps of Florida to rediscover his creative genius. The empathic Man-Thing is fueled by emotions, emotions that Brian has nearly lost control of, making the Man-Thing and the events surrounding him unpredictable.
This book was initially a project, started many years ago by Steve Gerber but sadly never finished because of his passing. It was thought that this book would never see the light of day, but with the help of Ralph Macchio, Mark Paniccia, and the beautiful art of Kevin Nowlan, The Infernal Man-Thing written by Steve Gerber was born and can arguably be called a work of art. Like a Strange Tales book you would read back in the 1950′s and 60′s, The Infernal Man-Thing wanders into the weird and unusual world of horror fiction. Gerber was known for creating these fantastically insane books, and Man-Thing was always one of them. It’s said that it took Nowlan four days to complete each page of this book, and with every panel in every page you can see why. The painting from Nowlan is gorgeous and something to be admired. The colors, the shades, the completely different art style of creatures that should be figments of anyone’s imagination, pop from every page. The style reminds me a lot of the old science fiction cartoons of the 70′s and 80′s like Heavy Metal, Fire and Ice, and Wizards.
I was completely blown away by The Infernal Man-Thing #1. I find it funny that I was joking about it before I left Cosmic Comics!, and ended up falling deeply in love with it. Brian was nice enough to lead me over to their collection of Man-Thing back issues and Giant Sized issues, somehow I think he knew I would enjoy this book way too much. I plan to read much more of Gerber’s work, and The Infernal Man-Thing feels like a perfect love story ending to his life.
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