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Winnebago Graveyard #3: 11/24/17

Winnebago Graveyard #3 by Steve Niles

Winnebago Graveyard #3 by Steve Niles explains the series title and gives a sense of how long the town has been luring travelers off the interstate. At the close of the second issue, a boy appeared offering to help the family escape. This issue follows Deacon's attempt to follow through on his promise.

As with a four part vintage Doctor Who sequence, the third episode is typically the one where the Doctor and his companions run for their lives. Here it is the family, following Daecon's lead.

Just as the Doctor's flight would take him through the underbelly of whatever world he's visiting where he could see exactly what was wrong with his initial assessment, their flight takes them through the graveyard. This isn't one with tombstones. Instead it's full of abandoned RVs.

A junkyard whether it's full of RVs, old beat up cars, airplane parts, or robots, is a typical turning point for science fiction dystopias that mix in roadtrip tropes. Even the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is primarily a parody on the horror films of he 1970s and 1980s, has it's pivotal fight sign in one of these roadtrip "graveyards," namely the Rose Parade float graveyard where floats are kept for three days of post parade viewing.

Winnebago Graveyard, though, being horror, demands blood. The graveyard isn't a safe shortcut for the family or for the pursuers. Both sides pay the price, losing members to the thing that the town has been sacrificing too.

Like the ending volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist, there are a ton of panels devoted to the gore and the violence. I'm hoping the final issue is more plot heavy but I suspect everyone but maybe the boy will end up as monster food.

Four stars

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