By Marc Andreyko & Patric Reynolds
Dark Horse Comics, $14.99, 128 pages
Fans of the 2010 film Let Me In (which was inspired by John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel Let the Right One In) are in for a real treat. Writer Marc Andreyko and artist Patric Reynolds have created the official prequel to the movie. Let Me In: Crossroads takes place directly before the events depicted in the film. A reader new to the entire story can still enjoy the four chapter comic as a stand-alone story. Abby and her guardian Thomas have established a home in Indiana. Each night Thomas must hunt for Abby’s dinner. The reader soon discovers that Abby is a dangerous vampire, stuck in the body of a young girl. Thomas is careful who he captures for food – hitchhikers, runaways; people with no connections. But when the murder rate jumps drastically and public killings alert the authorities, Abby’s and Thomas’ safety is in jeopardy. A new monster is loose and there is no room for it in town if Abby wants to keep her home. Reynolds’ artwork sets a horrifying mood for the story. He includes a section called Sketchbook that provides a glimpse into his creative process. Movie and comic books fans will thoroughly enjoy this prequel.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin