Innovation’s Nightmares on Elm Street #6
And the conclusion is upon us.
It turns out Neil’s old patients aren’t there to exact some form of revenge on him for failing them, they just want to be freed of a cruel existence, and they know that means ridding all realities from Krueger, once and for all.
So Neil joins the kids, tracking Freddy. Meanwhile, Krueger is having his own fun with Alice, and he’s been playing up an Alice in Wonderland nightmare scenario that even she grows weary of.
We continue to bounce around as everyone not named Freddy Krueger is now on the hunt for the beast, desperate to get Jacob back safely and end Krueger’s dominant run as the world’s most frightening killer of children.
Krueger’s final attempt at encouraging Jacob to use his mental powers to pull Krueger from the dream world and into ours goes interrupted in the nick of time, as Nancy shows up intent on ending this chaos.
What follows is a somewhat rushed conclusion. We certainly get some fine warfare in the darker realms, and Freddy will indeed toe the line with Alice and Nancy. It’s got all the makings of a genius piece of work. It isn’t perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but there are far more rewarding moments throughout the comic run than one might expect, and the constant homages to the film franchise (so many tiny Easter eggs, references and props) really feels like a passionate personalized note from author
For such an amazing tale, I admit I had hopes higher than the contributors of this book had planned. For such a riveting story, loaded with nightmares and death, I felt there were some amazing things left to be done. In this run, especially.
Instead we see the post card, recycled stuff we’ve seen from the films and other books. It’s not particularly memorable, but there are high points held in every issue, and it’s always a blast to see Freddy in action. Overall, this is a solid four-star production, and Andy Mangels, Tony Harris and Tony Harris have something pretty special to share with readers.
All in all, it’s been a good run. I feel extremely blessed to have found these books and obtained them for a ridiculously low figure. You guys made this article possible. For that, I bow my head.
But before we go, I just want to propose a few questions: first, what was your favorite issue in this early run? Second, do you feel the minds behind the project should’ve gone out of their way to create an entirely new story?