Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: SLEEPING BEAUTIES #1- Don’t Sleep On This One!
Sleeping Beauties #1
Writer: Rio Youers
Artist: Alison Sampson
Cover Artists: Annie Wu, Jenn Woodall
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Oh, hey, Mom. I’m in the middle of reading a comic book that’s based on a novel by horror master Stephen King and his younger son, Owen. It’s called Sleeping Beauties #1. No, King didn’t decide to stop writing scary novels and start writing for Disney. This is a different type of Sleeping Beauty story, and it’s spooky! No, Mom, he isn’t trying to ruin the Disney movie. No, he isn’t! Geesh. Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
IDW has taken a 2017 horror novel by Stephen King and his younger son, Owen, titled Sleeping Beauties, and have adapted it into comic book form. I have not read the novel, so I won’t be able to compare it with the comic book, but the premise of this story, adapted by Rio Youers, piqued my interest with its originality and its creepiness. When you combine a story from one of the all-time greatest, if not THE greatest, horror writers in history with the rock solid stable of IDW writers and artists, you have the possibility for an Eisner Award winning series. I definitely wasn’t going to sleep on this series, and neither should you.
Sleeping Beauties #1 starts out mysteriously with a nude woman (backside shown) following a blue moth. Then the scene immediately switches to two women talking inside a women’s prison. Then the scene switches back to the nude woman who walks inside of a house in the woods that happens to be a meth lab. Since no one is home at the time, she finds some clothes to wear and walks out. But, before leaving, she turns on some propane tanks, apparently hoping the house will blow up. She starts walking to a trailer, also in the woods, and then has a conversation with a dead rabbit… and it talks back! Do I need to remind you that this is based on a Stephen King novel? (lol). Never trust the Avon lady (yeah, you read that right). Creepy! We are finally introduced to a normal looking family inside a normal looking home. A female sheriff, her doctor husband, and their son. The husband mentions, “There’s breaking news of some kind of sleeping sickness in Australia.” Things are getting creepier. We shift back to the newly clothed woman heading to the trailer after the dead rabbit told her who was inside. What happens inside has to be seen to believe! That Stephen King knows how to do horror, doesn’t he? YIKES!
The sleeping sickness is now spreading around the world, including the United States. A television reporter states, “Women who have fallen asleep are not waking up… What’s more, we are also hearing reports of… sticky, web-like growths on the faces of the sleeping women.” This mysterious sickness is now being called, “Aurora…after the princess in Sleeping Beauty.” Now the stage is set for one of the more eerie mini-series you will ever read. It’s going to be a beauty!
This story, adapted by Rio Youers, will keep you guessing and keep you interested. A well-crafted first issue. And those covers! Those beautiful, creepy covers! They will lure you in like a siren’s song. You won’t know which one to buy, so you’ll probably want to buy them all. Add the ghostly art by Alison Sampson and the spooky colors by Triona Tree Farrell, and you have a tale that will haunt you in your sleep tonight. Well, unless you’re a guy.
No, Mom, you are NOT writing Stephen King a letter and warning him to stop destroying Disney movies. No, you’re not! Oh, boy.