Written By: Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Illustrated By: M.J. Erickson
Colored By: Brittany Peer
Lettered By: Mike Fiorentino
The Thrilling Adventure Hour’s Beyond Belief always feels like someone trying to tell a traditional ghost story whilst its audience loudly interjects at how positively tedious the tropes and details are. In issue #3 of this series Frank and Sadie Doyle are required to listen to exposition by both the victim and culprit of the murder they have just successfully solved. And they are not having any of it.
Having just been told that, besides their protestations, vampires are indeed real, they have no patience or sympathy for the vampire’s backstory as it is laid out in this issue. This is the through line of all of the Beyond Belief canon; Frank and Sadie Doyle are interested only in each other and the contents of their drinks cabinet, the supernatural merely tends to distract them from that. As the Doyles successfully solved the problem of the ghost in the haunted house in issue #2, they’re honestly outraged that a vampire dares to hold them up any longer.
And once again Erickson and Peer do a wonderful job with clean lines and muted tones to set an appropriate scene for a haunted house. Although I am very familiar with the audio version of Beyond Belief, I think Acker & Blacker have done a great job translating to comics with this series. It’s hard to read these comics without hearing Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster’s inflection, although I am not sure if that is a compliment to the writing or the acting.
Issue #4 will finalise this run of Beyond Belief, but I really hope Boom Studios has cued up more of the Thrilling Adventure Hour in the near future, because the world is a sadder place without the Doyles.
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