For the last two years, I’ve heard the rumors and have seen the still images from Bruce Campbell’s feature film My Name is Bruce.  And while it looks like the movie is finally going to make it to the indie movie circuit, there are still a lot of questions that fans are asking about the film.  Some of those questions are answered in Dark Horse Comics’ release of the My Name is Bruce one-shot from a couple of weeks ago.

mynameisbruce.jpgWhile I wish I could say “I’m all over this one-shot, like a fat kid on pizza”, (What? I am a fat kid and I do like pizza) I’m really disappointed in this title.

The main plot is, as we already know, a town of dummy-dumbs unknowingly release an evil spirit and monsters and such, and think the best way to fight these ghouls is to hire the real life Bruce Campbell – because after all, once you’ve seen Bruce play Ash, you’ll always associate the two.

Since this comic is an adaptation of the movie, by the time you reach the last page (providing you make it that far), you’ll pretty much have the movie spoiled, and just to further ruin it for you, Bruce wins in the end, vanquishing the demon and making nicey-nice with everyone.  Unfortunately, since this is a one-shot issue, all the good stuff (character development, action, pacing, humor) is thrown out the window in order to cram the key plot points into 22-pages.

The end result, is the reader gets to the last page and instantly has two thoughts;

  1. What the heck did I just read?
  2. All this for a B-Movie Actor joke?

Yeah, it is pretty bad.  I really don’t know who to point the finger at for this disaster.  I can’t fault the writer, because Milton Freewater, Jr. was hired to adapt the screenplay into 22-pages.  I can’t fault the artist, because the art is actually pretty good – Bruce looks like Bruce, demons look like demons, ghosts, while fairly lame characters, look like ghosts.  I can’t even fault Dark Horse on this, because the company probably took a gamble in releasing this title based on a movie that hasn’t even seen a release date, and could only commit to a single issue.  At least The Man with the Screaming Brain got a four issue mini when Dark Horse released it back in 2005.  Had My Name is Bruce received even a two issue treatment, the story might have made a lot more sense.

Does this mean you should avoid this one-shot?  If you simply must have all things Bruce Campbell, then go for it.  If you have no chance in hell of seeing the movie, even when it is released on DVD, go for it.  If you want to respect yourself in the morning, and don’t want to do the walk of shame, skip it.

Nothing against Bruce Campbell, I’m a huge fan.  I’m also a fan of most of what Dark Horse publishes.  Sadly, after reading My Name is Bruce, I can only give it 1.5 out of 5 stars.  Lots of potential, terrible delivery.


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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. October 8, 2008 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    I’ll admit it….I bought it! So!? I’m a Bruce fan, and even though I don’t have the compulsive need to have everything Bruce-related, I bought this for one pretty good reason….in hopes of getting it signed during his tour with the film release. Here’s to hoping!

  2. October 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    JT: Good luck with that. I, unfortunately, don’t live near a city where the movie will be making its rounds. I don’t even think it will make it to Lawrence this time around.

  3. Lifeisaglitch
    October 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm — Reply

    You know there is a trailer O_o

  4. hermit
    October 8, 2008 at 1:14 pm — Reply

    i read it at a friends house, well actually, flipped through it, because after 2 pages i was bored. why they keep adapting a whole movie into a 22 pges comic book is behond me. they always do that and it always suck.

    too bad, i’m a big an of the adventurs of Ash (movie and comics) and of bruce campbell as an actor. and apparently, the movie is not very good either.

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