Michael Myers: The Forgotten Comic Book Hero
Since it exploded onto silver screens back in 1978, the _Halloween _movie franchise has established itself as a perennial favorite among horror fans. And at long last, a new entry in the series is on the way. The Shatner-masked Michael Myers will be returning to our screens later in 2021. But if your hankering for holiday-themed bloodshed just can’t be denied, then why not take a trip down memory lane with the largely forgotten _Halloween _comic books?
Published by Chaos Comics between 2000 and 2001, this three-part miniseries provided all kinds of back story about- you guessed it- Haddonfield’s favorite son, Michael Myers. It also serves to bridge the gap between the cult storyline of _Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers _and _Halloween H20_, which was a reboot to the franchise and brought back iconic heroine and “final girl” Laurie Strode (Jamie-Lee Curtis). Unlike many comic book spinoffs, the _Halloween _miniseries is very carefully plotted so that it fits neatly into the continuity of the movies, and provides backstories and fresh developments concerning some of the more enigmatic ancillary characters.
The storyline focuses on Tommy Doyle, who made his first appearance in the original movie as the little kid whom Laurie Strode is babysitting on the “night he came home.” Tommy then returned in _Part 6 _as an adult haunted by the trauma of that fateful night. Issue #1 of the comic book miniseries picks up his story in the aftermath of that movie, with the young man getting hold of the journal of Dr. Sam Loomis, who is so memorably played in the movies by beloved character actor Donald Pleasance. In the journal, Tommy discovers the true history of Michael’s long-term residency at the Smith’s Grove sanitarium. Along the way, Tommy finds himself stalked by the boiler suit wearing serial killer himself.
Issue #2, subtitled “The Blackest Eyes” after a quote from Dr. Loomis, sees Tommy vowing to destroy Michael once and for all, but not before he must do battle with some of his own personal demons. This issue also features the return of Tommy’s childhood bully Richie, another character who featured briefly in the original film.
Issue #3, “The Devil’s Eyes,” is the culmination of the comic book series that unites all the tangled plot strands from the movie series and other _Halloween _media. In it, Tommy himself is committed to Smith’s Grove, where he hears the news about the bloody events of _Halloween H20. _Unable to believe that Michael Myers is finally, really dead, he escapes from the mental hospital and heads for Haddonfield. There he finds that Michael- “the shape”- is apparently back, and wreaking havoc once more. This leads to a horrifying showdown at the long-abandoned Myers house.
The _Halloween _comic books are a fun addition to the canon, and provide answers to some of the great unanswered questions from the movies. So, in the run-up to the release of the brand new movie, why not take a trip down memory lane and revisit this largely (and unjustly) forgotten comic book series?