Book Reviews

Review: Deluxe Trick ‘r Treat Omnibus (2020)

Fans of TRICK ‘R TREAT (2007) owe it to themselves to dive into this compendium of lore & artistry that makes the spooky season even more enjoyable.

Michael Dougherty, director and creator of Sam, summarizes it best:

Even if we can’t have Halloween parties or go trick or treating this year, I hope this compilation will help readers conjure Sam and that special spooky season magic he brings,” said Dougherty. “Because as much as the holiday has become about costumes and candy, Halloween was always meant to be a celebration of those who’ve passed, so I can’t think of a better time to gather around a glowing jack-o’-lantern sharing stories that honor the best night of the year.

This omnibus combines the storyline of the film (in comic form) and 4 additional stories, previously published as ‘Trick ‘r Treat: Days of the Dead’, with a new forward by Dougherty and additional artwork.

Writers include Zach Shields (Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Krampus) and Todd Casey (Krampus); Eisner Award-winning writer Marc Andreyko (Batwoman); Eisner Award-winning artist Fiona Staples (SAGA); ZID (Skull Island: Birth of Kong; Lost in Space: Countdown To Danger); Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship); Stephen Byrne (Green Arrow); Grant Bond (Supernatural); Mike Huddleston (Man Bat); and Christopher Gugliotti (Texas Chainsaw Massacre). 

It goes without saying that if you love the movie, you’ll love this collection. That includes the 4 other stories, which are front-to-back Halloween horror masterpieces. Each one is thick with the spirit (Sam) and ghosts, witches, curses, monsters, and murderers running rampant in true Trick ‘r Treat fashion. Every book blogger needs to add this to their TBR pile for October; it’s a Halloween anthology unlike any other.

The artwork and imagery is the very definition of autumnal & sinister. And with such a range in styles and visions, it’s guaranteed to enchant every reader, a much needed reprieve from the reality that was 2020.

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