Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Basketful of Heads #2 Review

Writers: Joe Hill
Artist: Leomacs
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Deron Bennet
Editors: Mark Doyle & Amedeo Turturro
Release Date: November 27th, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

Review written by Joey Casco of

The first issue of this miniseries was a very wordy character development issue that took quite a bit of time to read as we were given reasons to care about what happens to these characters, but issue #2 moves really fast as the action picks up right from the beginning.

The escaped inmates have entered the house, and June and Liam have split up and hidden in different spots. June is in a hamper in the bathroom, and since the story is about June we have no idea where Liam was hiding... but they find him. She can hear him screaming as they torture him.

Two hours later, after everything has quieted down, she gets out of the hamper and goes downstairs. She finds Liam's finger and one of the inmates finds her. The other two have left with Liam because "he has something they want" while he stayed and waited for her. She grabs the Norse ax from the sheriff's collection to defend herself, and she runs out of the house as the storm cuts the power out to the island.

The fugitive follows her and she chops the hand that he's holding his gun with, and then she chops off his head. But the head keeps talking! Of course that freaks both of them out because he should be dead. She goes to leave him, but the head begs for her to come back before he's swept away by the ocean. "I can help you find Liam! If you ever want to see him again, I'm your only chance!"

So she comes back with a basketful of kids beach toys. She empties the bucket and puts the head in there, and they head off to find Liam. We also see that the fugitive has a police badge under his prison clothes.

My theory of what's going on: 

(Point 1) In the first issue, the sheriff doesn't seem too concerned with the escaped inmates. They're not inherently violent criminals and won't kill or hurt people, so the cops are lollygagging... or killing time. (Point 2) But the inmates are obviously acting violent now and go straight to the sheriff's house after stealing a boat. (Point 3) The sheriff then called his wife and son and had them leave to support the widow of a man the inmates killed, leaving Liam and June alone in the house. (Point 4) The inmates are interrogating Liam and trying to get him to spill the beans on the location of something. And the dude June "killed" has a police badge under his prison clothes. (THUSLY) This was a setup by the sheriff and his family to get something from Liam. Those inmates are already dead, and these are his deputies wearing their clothes. And the guy in the red truck on the very first page of the first issue? Well, there was a red truck parked at the sheriff’s house. That's the sheriff coming for June after she kills them all with something he never expected to get involved: his own Norse ax.

Bits and Pieces

Like I said, this was a very fast-moving issue but it was a lot of fun, especially their interaction after she chops the guy's head off. It has a classic horror comic feel to it and a "what the hell does that mean?" last few panels. I'm not sure if my theory is correct, but I'm looking forward to finding out.


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