Elvis and his band of makeshift warriors against evil continue their battle in Bubba Ho-Tep and The Cosmic Blood Suckers #4.
This issue finds Jack, John F. Kennedy (see Bubba Ho-Tep movie for full details on why he is with Elvis), a prisoner of the cosmic blood suckers. Elvis and his team, reporting to The Colonel, are gathered together preparing supper as they discuss the fate of Jack and how to rescue him. Much to Elvis’ chagrin, Colonel reveals that he has a replacement, Jim Morrison, lined up to replace him if he fails in this duties as a dead seemingly dead rock star tasked with combating evil. Resolving to rescue Jack immediately lest he succumb during the night, Elvis and team package up their dinner consisting of peanut butter and banana sandwiches (a notable indicator of how much they care for Jack). The team make their way to an abandoned scrap yard and split into smaller groups to search for Jack. Elvis and Jenny sneak around the yard before finding Jack; deceased and turned into a zombie servant of the “big mama” of the bloodsuckers. Elvis shoots and kills Jack proclaiming that he would want someone to do the same for him if their roles were reversed. Meanwhile, “Big Mama” is seeking out “The King” in a bid to destroy those who oppose her plan to enslave the world and turn them into mindless servants of her will. The two, seeking each other, eventually meet and battle is joined as a the other team of John Henry and Tony enter the fray. Elvis and his companions find themselves outmatched and a timely intervention by The Colonel saves them and banishes Big Mama. Although they are jubilant in their victory, Elvis and his team are worried about the disappearance of their foe and wonder what has become of her as the issue closes.
This issue stays true to the source material and Elvis and company are sardonically funny as they battle absurdly grotesque manifestation of evil. The witty use of Colonel Parker as the organizer behind this group of evil hunters and his quip about replacing Elvis with Jim Morrison are sadistically funny and entertaining. The artwork is adequate though I wish at times that some of the panels were drawn in more detail or colored in a more dramatic fashion. The most glaring issue for me continues to be the representation of Elvis in the book. While I think the Elvis in the book bears a resemblance to Elvis in real life, I wish that he had a greater resemblance to the Elvis of Bruce Campbell who made the character famous in Bubba Ho-Tep. In short, this was an entertaining read with a few flaws that are easily overlooked if you enjoy the source material.
Writing 4.25 of 5 Stars
Art 3 of 5 Stars
Writing – Joshua Jabcuga
Art – Tadd Galusha
Color – Ryan Hill
Letters – Tom B. Long