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Creature Feature is a horror/comedy comic series based around the band of the same name, about our two "protagonists", Curtis and Erik, going on bizarre misadventures based around their songs. Curtis is definitely the more outspoken and hasty one, and is more likely to be the instigator of a situation. Erik is, outside of a few moments, far more quiet and calm. Despite that, he's not likely to object to any of their antics often, and will actively participate in them. That doesn't mean this is a happy-go-lucky Sugar Bowl of a comic series, though. Please note that horror/comedy is the genre here. Indeed, the series doesn't shy away from grim humor, and thrives off of the absurd lengths the two will go to when it comes to getting out of the situations they get stuck in.The books can be bought here, or you can read samples and spinoff comics here

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Issues in the Series:

  • The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth
  • A Gorey Demise
  • A Corpse in My Bed

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This series provides examples of:

  • Answer Cut / "I Know What We Can Do" Cut: Played for laughs in "A Gorey Demise":
    Curtis: Well, that's great but how are we going to wear me out?
    (Erik gives him a devious smile. Cut to the two at a bar.)
    Erik: Fifty dollars for anyone who can beat my friend in a fight!
  • Art Evolution: Just compare the first issue to the second one.
  • Bar Brawl: The climax of "A Gorey Demise."
  • Beast with a Human Face: Curt's dog in "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth." Then again, considering what it's referencing...
  • Big "NO!": In "A Corpse in My Bed," Curtis gets one in while Taking the Bullet for Erik.
  • Black Comedy: Quite a bit of the humor in the series comes from how over-the-top the violence is. It's bound to provoke some giggles somewhere.
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  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Little Cinnibun in the Easter specials.
  • Brick Joke: The ant in "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth" returns in "A Corpse in My Bed." However, it appears as though it's now been Killed Off for Real.
    • The yellow streak in Curtis' hair in "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth" is seen again in "A Gorey Demise," both from electrical shocks.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Word of God states that the pilot comic in "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth" is not canon, as it negates major plot elements from the other books.
  • Cat Smile: Erik does this whenever he smiles most of the time.
  • Captive Date: Dani takes Curtis on one in "A Corpse in My Bed."
  • Contrived Coincidence: In "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth," Curtis just happens to have the cure for bear tranquilizer paralysis with him. There also just happens to be an old fishing reel in the ants' nest that Curtis can MacGyver into a chainsaw.
    • Lampshaded in the 2013 Easter special, where Curtis just happens to have a gun on hand.
      Erik: Wait, where'd you get the revolver?
  • Creepy Cute: Curtis and Erik. Despite being cannibalistic and the former sometimes reanimate the dead and he's a werewolf, the two always have fun-loving personalities, and they're simply adorable.
  • Creator In-Joke: The "Tub Ring hot dog thing" from "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth" is a reference to a video posted while Curtis was touring with Tub Ring, namely the part where they're grilling hot dogs. It gets Squicky pretty fast.
  • Death Is Cheap: Curtis and Erik just will not stay dead. Stabbed in the chest by a thrown object? Your best friend will revive you! Freak fireworks accident on the Fourth of July? Don't worry! He'll be back in time for next year! Coming back as a ghost after an accident with the toaster? Get your best friend's help! It'll be fine!
  • Did Not Think This Through: From "A Gorey Demise", Erik realizing that his Bar Brawl to get Curtis to become human again didn't work very well, now that he has no energy left to perform at their gig.
    Erik: This was not my best idea...
  • Easter Egg: According to Word of God, there is a number hidden within each book: CF##, with the number being one corresponding to the issue number. For example, the number in "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth" would be "CF01", the one in "A Gorey Demise" would be "CF02", and so on.
  • Everybody Cries: After Curtis sings the titular song to his neighbor, Hanna's class in "A Gorey Demise", two of her classmates were crying their little eyes out.
  • Foreshadowing: In "A Corpse in My Bed" Dani's line "You're sweeter than ethylene glycol!" to Curtis is a major clue to The Reveal that she was the one who caused Erik to fall unconscious earlier in the book. Additionally, she tried to assure Curtis that Erik could wake up on his own. This didn't happen, as noted under Oh, Crap! below.
    • According to Word of God, the barrel-thing at the end of the book is foreshadowing to the next issue in the series. Specifically, the barrel-thing was "The Angel of the Odd" and foreshadowed the fact that the next issue would be entirely Poe references.
  • Gargle Blaster: Implied in the 2017 St. Patrick's Day special, with "elf liquor."
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath / Villain Protagonist: Curtis and Erik. They are a murderous, cannibalistic duo who have kidnapped children and one has dabbled in trying to reanimate the dead. And they're the protagonists.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Curtis and Erik. Screw with one of them, and you will feel the wrath of the other. As Dani learned the hard way.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "A Gorey Demise" show us that, apparently, Curtis can commit necrophilia all he wants, but if Erik dares break the law about wearing a helmet while riding a bike, he will call him out for it. Erik is not amused.
  • I Am Not Weasel: In "A Gorey Demise," a bar patron mistakes Curtis' wolf ears for cat ears.
  • Ironic Hell: Subverted in "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth". After Curtis dies in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse, he's sent to a Sugar Bowl that's supposed to Taste Like Diabetes, until he eats one of the inhabitants. Then it tastes like bacon.
  • If I Can't Have You...: In "A Corpse in My Bed", this is Dani's reaction to Curtis rejecting her. Luckily, Erik woke up just in time to save him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian / Black Comedy Cannibalism: In "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth", Curtis complains that they don't have any food or money to buy more. Erik then advises Curtis to kidnap a rich person's child. Cut to Curtis in the basement, where he's making the child into stew.
    • In "A Gorey Demise", Erik tries to make gingerbread men with real men.
    • At the end of the 2010 Christmas Special, Curtis is seen making Santa's dead body into bacon.
      Curtis: I couldn't let him go to waste.
  • Less Disturbing in Context: An in-universe example in "A Gorey Demise." Curtis' dialogue in one scene is filled to the brim with Does This Remind You of Anything? moments. Of course, we know he just tried to teach some local children the alphabet by singing the titular song to them. Since Erik wasn't given this context... Well...
    Curtis: Hello, this is Curtis Rx. I was wondering why you now have a restraining order on me?
    Curtis: Oh, come on! That was entirely educational!
    (Erik starts giving him weird looks while the phone babbling continues.)
    Curtis: Well, they have to find out sometime!
    (Phone babbling.)
    Curtis: I wouldn't lay a hand on those children! I didn't-
    (The other person hangs up. Beat.)
    Curtis: She hung up on me!
    Curtis: Wait, Erik! I taught them the alphabet! It's not as it seems! ERIK!
  • Loony Fan: Dani in "A Corpse in My Bed". She stalks Curtis, contaminated one of Erik's drinks to get him to fall unconscious so that he wouldn't "bother" the two, forces Curtis around everywhere, threatens to strangle someone with her own intestines if she talks to Curtis again, and then ultimately tries to murder Erik so that he wouldn't "get in the way". If it wasn't for Curtis Taking the Bullet, it is very possible that Erik would be dead right now.
  • MacGyvering: In "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth", Curtis makes a chainsaw out of his own belt buckle, Erik's suspenders, a plate, a net, a fishing reel, and broken pieces of a syringe.
  • Noodle Incident: We don't know what happens every Fourth of July that gets Curtis and Erik brutally mauled. Maybe it's better off like that...
  • Oh, Crap!: In "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth," Curtis gets one after eating a cake laced with bear tranquilizers that Erik was intending to use to capture the ant.
    • From the same book, Erik gets one after falling into the ant's nest.
    • Again in "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth," the looks on Curtis and Erik's faces when Dracula overhears them making fun of him says everything.
    • In "A Corpse in My Bed," we get this exchange between Curtis and Ziliak:
      Ziliak: Erik and I were supposed to meet up here, but he never showed. I was supposed to give this to him. Would you mind?
      Curtis: He never showed up? He never WOKE up.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: In "A Gorey Demise," Curtis is prematurely transformed into a werewolf upon exposure to wolfsbane, with sunlight not affecting his state of transformation. According to Erik, a lycanthrope must be deprived of all physical energy to revert back to human form, although it is not a cure for lycanthropy. "A Corpse in My Bed" establishes that Curtis' skin is burned upon contact with silver, and he now faints upon exposure to wolfsbane. It's also implied that lycanthropy can spread through lip contact, but such doesn't affect the undead.
  • Police are Useless / Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Until "A Corpse in My Bed", no one seemed to really acknowledge the fact that two young men were running rampant through the city and causing mayhem. Even when they do, they can still get away with it. And thank God for it.
    • Interestingly, "A Corpse in My Bed" provides it's own example, where no one seems to care that Dani is a zombie. According to Word of God, however, this was simply due to time constraints, as a few restaurant patrons were going to be seen gossiping about Dani being undead.
    • Subverted in one Fourth of July special, where the two get arrested as a result of that year's antics.
  • Reality Ensues: In "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth," Curtis come barging in showing off his "dog" to Erik. Erik's response? He's so freaked out that he shoots it dead.
  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: In "A Corpse in My Bed," Curtis tells Dani that he didn't want to order a salad, until he sees their bill.
    Curtis: Yeesh. Now I'm glad we only got the salads.
  • Single Tear: After Erik accidently steps on Curtis' tail in "A Gorey Demise", Curtis pulls this.
    • He also does this in the pilot comic from "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth" after Erik revived him.
  • Shoot the Dog: Played for laughs in "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth," where Erik does this to Curtis' "dog"
    Curtis: I wasn't going to name him "Old Yeller"...
  • Take That!: In "The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth":
    Erik: So, Dracula looks like a fanged Einstein?
    (The two laugh, only to immediately stop when Dracula actually shows up.)
    Dracula: Imagine if I what?
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: After Dani kisses Curtis during their "date" in "A Corpse in My Bed", Curtis looks rather Green Around the Gills. He then excuses himself and takes the beer bucket with him. We'd never see what happens to him next, but the scene afterwards leaves the audience to think.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Curtis gives a massive one to Dani in "A Corpse in My Bed" after she tries to murder Erik.
    Curtis: This wasn't a date! It was a coerced kidnapping! You STOLE a gun! My gun! You're only entertaining a delusion that I could ever even LIKE you! This evening was a disaster and you're clearly just a deranged fan of my music! I DON'T LOVE YOU!
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