Let Me In: Crossroads #1

Intent on following on its own path from the original film, Dark Horse releases the official prelude to the 2010 film “Let Me In,” an introduction four part comic book that takes the time out to remind us that this is its own beast but also very much like the story it takes from with this new version. And much like the remake currently in theaters, the prelude is about as dull as the live action narrative primarily because as a story about a vampire the entire atmosphere drains the life out of the reader from page one. Rambling and meandering, the entire comic takes so many pages of dialogue and drab art to set up the ultimate hook of the entire prelude which will lead in to Abby and Thomas moving in to the apartment tenement that leads Abby to meet Owen.

We meet character whom we know will die, we meet characters we know are being set up to die, and there are characters whom are introduced to just to set up the tension with a comic that’s lacking in action or suspense and really lays it on thick with verbose exposition and clunky foreshadowing, all of which is about on par with the movie in terms of story craft. The entire focus of the prequel to the movie is so far on the handler Thomas who is also as dull here as he is on-screen. When he’s not lumbering around town hearing people talk about property and real estate, he is busy trying to find food for Abby who sits inside their farmhouse waiting for the food. He picks up drifters and brings them back to his barn for Abby to feast on, and meets assorted characters in the town all of whom are promising victims in Abby’s enduring hunger.

Adding a noticeable inconsistency, the writers peg Thomas as Abby’s handler and guardian forcing her in to doing whatever he thinks is necessary where in the film Abby basically pushed him around and made him her slave. In the film she wants to talk to Owen so she kicks him out of his own room, while in the first pages of the comic Thomas forces Abby to trade her jewelry in for money and she can do nothing but stand back and whine. “Let Me In: Crossroads” is lacking in dread or atmosphere or suspense and while the film wasn’t remotely a masterpiece, it at least succeeded in keeping audiences attention. This prequel is just more exploration in to uninteresting characters and even posits the possibility that Abby had a relationship before Owen, as she meets a young stoner who she happens upon in the same way she did with Owen, appearing on top of a car without warning to greet him and retreat in to her home.

There’s really no purpose or point to this meeting because it fogs up the entire motive behind Abby and Owen’s relationship. In “Let Me In” she seemed to want to befriend Owen at first for food, then out of curiosity, and then as a last resort for a new handler. Her happening upon this young man makes her seem just like a naive kid, when we’re told quite clearly in the film she’s anything but. There really doesn’t seem to be much purpose for this four part comic beyond expanding on bland characters, offering some grim kills, and threatening to show us Abby’s demonic form, which the film avoided doing at all costs. “Let Me In: Crossroads” has nothing to offer for even hardcore fans of “Let Me In.” Sadly there is such a thing. Unless you want more endless dialogue and groan inducing foreshadowing to the film, there’s nothing here.