Review: A Hockey Masked Machete Killer Takes Manhattan In ‘Maniac Of New York’ #1

by Brendan M. Allen

‘Maniac Harry is inhuman, unkillable and unstoppable. Which is why the authorities’ solution has been to ignore him, and let New Yorkers adapt to a world where death can strike at any moment. When Maniac Harry starts killing his way through the subway system, trauma-haunted political aide Gina Greene and disgraced NYPD detective Zelda Pettibone become determined to go rogue and destroy him. But how can they fight a monster when they can’t fight City Hall?

From writer Elliott Kalan and artist Andrea Mutti comes the horrifying story of what happens when terror becomes the new normal. A frightening, thought-provoking, sometimes funny, always timely tale of murder, obsession and urban living.’

There’s a weird dynamic in Maniac of New York #1, where the cops have all but given up on catching a masked serial killer, and the people of New York have pretty much accepted the possibility that they could be hacked to pieces at any moment.

One dude. Takes on whole crowds of people in high profile places. With just the machete. 

Not to say there haven’t been more implausible setups. This one just seems a little more far fetched than most, especially in modern horror.

The couple characters we get introduced to are interesting, at least. Elliott Kalan sets up a pretty amusing dynamic within the police department, where all the unsolvable murders get lumped into the ‘Maniac Harry’ file. Convenient for the hack homicide detectives, but decidedly unfortunate for the new director of the Harry task force.

Linework by Andrea Mutti reminds me a little of Jack T. Cole’s work on The Unsound. Deceptively simple, but with enough detail to really drive home the gore. Most of the characters are unique and distinctive, but there is a glaring issue with the killer himself. Machete wielding madman with a white hockey mask with red markings, and a bald lumpy head. Sound familiar? 

I’m a big fan of these types of stories, and Maniac of New York is fine, as long as you can suspend disbelief long enough to believe Jason Voorhees could wander around New York in broad daylight hacking people to bits, without being stopped by NYPD, the National Guard, or the crowd itself. Doesn’t quite land for me.

Maniac of New York #1, AfterShock Comics, 03 February 2021. Written by Elliott Kalan, art by Andrea Mutti, letters by Taylor Esposito.

Summary

Maniac of New York is fine, as long as you can suspend disbelief long enough to believe Jason Voorhees could wander around New York in broad daylight hacking people to bits, without being stopped by NYPD, the National Guard, or the crowd itself. Doesn’t quite land for me.

Overall
6.5/10
6.5/10
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