ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES 1

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES 1
Written by Dale Mettam and Drawn by Erich Owen
Published by
Black Mamba/Viper Comics

Traverse City, Michigan is known for many things. Such as… well, okay, not really. It’s more the type of place that gets populated by the Federal Witness Protection Program. It also exists to give Akron, Ohio something to aspire to. But beyond that? Nada. Except Killer Tomatoes. And whether it’s an innocent boy attempting to flee in his wheelchair or a nubile young woman going for a dip in the lake, the vicious vegetables seemingly cannot be stopped on their rolling rampage of death. It’s a feeding frenzy, but this time, it’s the tomatoes turning humans into sauce.

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES is renowned for being one of the worst movies ever made, but it’s also considered a classic in its own strange way. Ludicrous beyond any ability to take it seriously, it, and the comic it now spawns, must be looked at solely as a comedy. And as it turns out, the comic is pretty funny. Mettam and Owen take the original film and turn it into a series of storyboards that maximize the gags contained in the script- given an actual “budget” (which, God knows, the movie didn’t have), they make the rolling red tide of death a bit more sinister, but they also enhance some of the funnier moments in ways film cannot. They also manage to adjust the timing of scenes and dialogue to give them a bit more “oomph.”

Don’t go into this one looking for story logic or brilliance of any sort- it is ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES, after all. But if you’re in the mood for a lengthy, absurdist non-sequitor that never lets up from beginning to end, or you’re just a fan of the movie, then I think you’ll dig this.

Marc Mason