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Gingerdead Man: Baking Bad #1

Written by Brockton McKinney
Artwork by Sergio Rios
Colors by Marcelo Costa

The Action Lab: Danger Zone imprint has been having a ball with licensed properties from Full Moon Entertainment. The Puppet Master series has brought the horror icons back with stories that mix jumps and gore with clever plots that would work as direct-to-video sequels. For the next comic adaptation of the kinds of movies we’d rent again and again (they were called video stores, ask your parents), Ultimate’s own Brockton McKinney is setting aside the foul-mouthed kittens of Ehmm Theory and putting words in Gary Busey’s mouth as The Gingerdead Man.

I used to love the video boxes for the Gingerdead Man series, the silly excesses of a serial killer brought back to life as a cookie, but I haven’t actually seen any of them. Luckily, this book doesn’t require you to do any homework. Our story begins with a street gang (in playful punk caricature like only existed in cheap movies of the 80s and 90s) preparing to use an abandoned bakery to distribute a new drug called Confection. Two of the gang mix it into a batch of cookie dough they found and inadvertently resurrect “the cookie man with the deadly plan.” Commence page after page of slaughter with various baking supplies, silly puns, and infinite variations on poop-related swearing. The final page is such a bizarre blend of gore and adolescent erotic creativity that I can’t in good conscience spoil it, but I promise, you have never seen a visual like this and will never play Cards Against Humanity the same way again.

This series continues the B-movie fun we have come to expect from Full Moon features and the Action Lab Danger Zone. It’s a Did-They-Do-THAT hoot, and readers are going to love it.

Make sure to come to Ultimate Comics for a beautiful exclusive variant cover by Tommy Lee Edwards and head out to the Raleigh location Saturday from 11-2 for a signing by the writer and cover artist!

-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics