The Living Corpse #1

CoverDec 2007 | Zenescope

Writing: Ken Haeser | Buz Hasson
Art: Ken Haeser | Buz Hasson
Letters: Ken Haeser
Cover: Andrew Mangum | Josh Medors | Buz Hasson

Down Among The Dead

The Living Corpse takes down a lycanthrope, enjoys some brains thanks to his obsessed goth friend Lilith a morgue worker, and gets a bit of a lecture from a demonic friend. Meanwhile, it seems the FBI may be looking for him.

I started Thulhuween with a vampire; I thought to follow it up with a heroic zombie. Why not? This is a short little tale that ran for 8 issues. I’m missing issue #0 which is why I started with #1. I picked it up a few years back during a deal my former LCS had in which you could fill a long box with comics and get each book for $1. I did this several times giving me a lot of random stuff that I’ve not read to this day. Sadly, that LCS is no more. Thulhuween was a good excuse to break into the boxes and dig out some horror titles.

Getting on with things, I rather liked this issue. The art is a bit to webcomic-like for me, at least how Lilith appears. I expected the usual Zenescope art that Grimm Fairy Tales and many of their other horror titles have spoilt me. That isn’t to say it’s terrible; I just expected something different. By the end of the issue, I was just fine with things.

Lilith is an interesting character. Of course a goth girl would work for a morgue and bring her zombie friend brains. What other arrangement could there be? Part of me isn’t too happy with this the same way you see other undead paired conveniently with workers in a field which benefits them. Perhaps it’s just because I’ve seen it too much. Oh, well. It is what it is and if that’s the only possible gripe I have, then this book is doing really good. I can get over that.

The writing is very good and it moves a long at a good pace. I’m already looking forward to the next issue and learning more about why that FBI agent is so obsessed with undead beyond that he was there at ground zero. I half expect some family connection and I hope that’s not the case. I’m tired of that storyline, too. It’s not a bad book, overall-certainly not ground-breaking or important in any way, but it’s entertaining in a way light horror splashed with humour can be. We’ll just have to see how it holds up in the next issue.

Salem’s Daughter #1

Salem's Daughter #1 Cover

Jun 2009 | Zenescope

Creation: Joe Brusha | Ralph Tedesco
Writing: Ralph Tedesco
Art: Caio Reis
Letters: Bernie Lee
Colour: James Brown

This book seems to deal with Anna’s origins. She seems like an ordinary girl living an ordinary life, until a man she only saw in her dreams drops by. His sneaky manipulations, through obvious supernatural means, causes Anna to unleash her own power upon a friend.

I enjoyed the previous issue more than this, though it seems to be further setting up events which happened in the previous issue, as it seems pretty clear that this is what drove Anna from her hometown. While, I am looking forward to seeing how things further pan out, this bit just didn’t have the ‘oomph’ I was hoping for. I love Zenescope for their horror, regardless, and I’m fairly confident this’ll be worth getting into. I find myself more open to western horror these days.

The artwork’s okay. Better than what I’d label mediocre. I always like my horror to have a certain dark style about it, like some unspoken expectation that’s rarely ever filled and I know I can be unfair when it doesn’t match whatever it is I internally visualize, but this style does suit the book. It makes me think of old horror playbills, or something similar. There’s some sort of nostalgia tribute I see in it in certain frames that makes me warm up to it more than the last issue.

Another point I like about this book, is how the characters talk. You get it a lot in good western media. There’s something about the accent and the way they talk I just find compelling.

… You see we don’t take kindly to vigilantes here. This is a lawful town.

Oh, and that action in the beginning was nice. Nothing like a town getting decimated by a single gunman.

I really hope the next issue will seal-the-deal and fully hook me. I like the concept, where it’s going. I’m ‘oan cross my fingers and await the next issue.

The Chronicles of Herbert West #2

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Nov 2008 | Zenescope

Writing: Joe Brusha | Ralph Tedesco
Art: Axel Medellin Machain
Colour: Jason Embury
Letters: Bernie Lee

Herbert works at the same hospital as his girlfriend and rival bent on humiliating him at every turn and even steal his girlfriend, but Herbert snaps and Stein soon finds himself as the next test subject.

This book keeps getting more interesting. I’m amazed that Megan has stayed with him so long after witnessing such horrors and the lengths Herbert goes with his work obsession. She must really love him.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the next escaped mistake go rampaging through the streets tearing out throats. It’s very satisfying to see his progress and how it’s more terrible and terrifying than the last. This guy really took the death of his mother and sister very hard to be obsessing over this.

The story is holding up really well and shows no warning signs of possible crap out, so I’m going to happily keep going and see what happens.  

The Chronicles of Dr. Herbert West #1

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Sep 2008 | Zenescope

Writing: Joe Brusha | Ralph Tedesco
Art: Jason Craig | Axel Medellin Macwain
Colour: Thomas Mason | Nei Ruffino | Garry Wenderson
Letters: Bernie Lee

Herbert West, a Miskatonic-U grad, is obsessed with reversing death. His experiments are frowned up forcing him to continue his work in secret. As he get closer to achieving his goals, he soon realizes some things should be left well alone.

This series is another venture into Lovecraft modernizing the tale of Herbert West: Reanimator. Science horror following the Frankenstein vein.

What a way to lose a mother and sister right after church and by a bus. The blood, and smears, two bodies covered with sheets and fragments of that stuffed toy, what a great beginning. It was nice to see that, to see what drives him to reverse death.

It could not have been human. No man could make such sounds. And its eyes.. its eyes were filled with the horror of sights not meant for men.

And when those eyes fell on me it was all i could do not to scream… or go mad.

The writing is very good, it’s not as eloquent as the old Lovecraft, but it is a modernization. In that light, it’s perfect. The story flows very well and I like how it’s told from Megan’s point of view. It really gives you the feeling things really aren’t going to end well.

I really like the art as well. It’s a good match. I would have preferred a more painted style, but that’s just me being picky.

I look forward to seeing where this is going.

1001 Arabian Nights The Adventures of Sinbad #9

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Apr 2009 | Zenescope

Writing: Dan Wickline
Art: Eduardo Ferigato
Colour: Jason Embury
Letters: crank!

Sinbad and the City of the Dead
Part Two.

With Oz as their guide, they head off into the desert to find the City of The Dead, but on the way they are ambushed by the people they defeated in the inn.

Highly outnumbered, it seems they are captured and the leader of the pack is quite keen to ill Sinbad and claim the bounty, but Sam’s magic puts an end to that fantasy and the aftershocks cause a great hole to open in the sand.

The more I read this, the more I expect to find an animated cartoon on FOX.  I did enjoy reading this issue, but it’s not really sating my thirst for a good adventure story. There were parts I was really excited and really loved this, but as it stands, I feel as if I’m just trying to quell the kid inside me wanting to return to those adventure cartoons like Conan and Pirates of Darkwater, but craving something more new and adult.

I’m still going to keep on going. I can’t bring myself to stop just yet since I still care what happens.

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