In this issue, most of the characters hit the road. Larry and Rita decide to leave, Fran and Harold decide to ride up to Vermont to look for survivors and even Flagg gets himself a car. Why the walkin’ dude wants a car, I don’t know. He can fly too, which means it makes even less sense. Well, he can hover anyway, which he does over someone’s bed like Zuul.
Nick gets attacked again by Ray Booth who wants revenge. While he manages to gouge one of Nick’s eyes, leaving the deaf mute half blind, Nick manages to put a bullet in Ray, killing him.
The majority of this issue is devoted to the backstory of Donald Elbert aka the trashcan man. For some reason, this character was always one of my favorites. When you see the cover, it looks like they intend to portray him as some deranged psychopath, and while he’s definitely unbalanced, I always saw him more as a pathetic sad sack type character. He’s like Gollum in that while he’s not a good guy per se, and definitely has problems mentally speaking, you can’t help but feel sorry for him.
Luckily, the comic itself stays truer to the character in that regard. As anyone who read the book or saw the movie knows, trashcan man is a hardcore pyromaniac. More than even Heath Ledger’s Joker, he wants to watch the world burn, literally. Now, with everyone dead and a legion of oil tankers,gas stations, and buildings vulnerable, “Trashy” intends to take advantage and put this newfound freedom to good use.
Harold also gets some development, in a short but well written scene with Fran. He’s still a loser among losers, but he did have it pretty rough. You get the sense that had circumstances been different, he would’ve been a good guy.
The art is solid as one would expect at this point, and there are several pages showing how the comic transitioned from script to the page. We also get a brief blurb from the writer about his thoughts regarding writing such an unbalanced character like trashcan man