Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X #2

Friday, March 21st, 2008 @ 3:15 am | Comic Books, Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X #2
Written by Mike Wolfer
Art by Mike Wolfer
Released: 2006
Publisher: Avatar Press

Premise: In 2005, Avatar Press began releasing titles from New Line Cinema’s “House of Horror” license, which includes A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dune’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

It’s the battle royale as the regenerated Jason Voorhees and the futuristic Jason X fight to the death in a gut-spilling horror spectacle! As the titanic clash cuts down all those around them, the pilotless space cruiser that serves as the Jasons’ battle arena descends toward Earth 2 and an impact that neither combatant can hope to survive. But will a fiery and certain death halt the terrifying showdown, as both Jason and Jason X struggle to rip their most vital secret from the undead corpse of the other? Only one shall survive in a shocking and horrifying finale as you have never seen or dared to guess!

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): Jason and Jason X battle, each wanting what the other possesses. Melda, stunned by what she is witnessing, manages to escape the bloody scene and tries to find help among the S.S. Fun Club’s flight crew. While she searches for assistance, the two Jasons continue their conflict, killing spectators, bystanders, and any others who get in their way. When the ship’s android captain is destroyed, Melda is forced to take control of the vessel, and with the help of android attendant “Alice”, forces it to crash land on nearby Earth 2. Both Melda and Alice survive the devastating crash however, as does the warring Jasons. With the ship exploding behind them, Melda and Alice escape into the woods unnoticed, leaving the two villains to their fates. Jason and Jason X fight inexhaustibly, until Jason X gains the advantage and rips off Jason’s head. Jason X tears open Jason’s skull and takes out the part of his brain he is missing. He then absorbs the missing piece, completing a memory of him and his mother. Now whole, Jason X sets his sights on his new killing ground.

The Good: Fight!!! This issue is essentially one big throw down, with lots of blood, gore, and nudity. Fitting its namesake, Jason vs. Jason X is what you would expect to see and is exactly what you get. Wolfer’s writing and artwork continues to be solid here, with the only rational result providing a conclusive ending to the “vs.” debate.

The Bad: As mentioned above, this issue is one big fight sequence, which leaves little room for character development, etc. Also, casual readers may be lost or lack interest in such a thinly fan-centric premise.

Final Comments: A fitting conclusion to this short mini-series, with solid writing and artwork. Friday fans may have wanted to see this premise in action, but casual readers might not be so interested.
Grade: C+

– Cover Gallery –

Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X #2Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X #2 (Gore Cover)Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X #2 (Terror Cover)Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X #2 (Nano-Steel Cover)
Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X #2 (Wraparound Cover)



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