Gravel #0

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Dec 2007 | Avatar

Story: Warren Ellis
Script: Warren Ellis | Mike Wolfer
Art: Raulo Caceres
Colour: Greg Waller

Between the Wars

Gravel returns from being tied up in Afghanistan to learn he’s been presumed dead and replaced.

If the level of violence in this book is any indication of things to come, I will run to the store and buy it all. And this is not just good graphic violence with an angry main character, it’s got good writing to keep the ol’ brain stimulated to boot.

I totally dig Gravel. I love how he kills. I love how he talks. I just love him. I really can’t wait to see how he develops through the story and learn more about his magic and occupation.

What a great issue. This is on my need list. I need this.

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Vinyl Underground #9

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Aug 2008 | Vertigo

Writing: Si Spencer
Pencils: Simon Gane
Ink: Ryan Kelly
Colour: Guy Major
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Part Two

Steven’s body is under the knife and some men in suits come to clean up. The group find the old man with some test subjects and a bomb. Finally, an urban wolf comes to talk to Moz about his mother.

I practically slept through this book. I tried to read all the words, but some bubbles just didn’t make it past my eyes, just little white blobs with strange black, printed glyphs that held no meaning whatsoever. I almost need another cup of coffee.

Three issues left. I think I’ll try and get through another one. I’d like to finish this before next week.

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.

Zombie Commandos From Hell #1

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2000 | Boneyard Press

Story: Steph Dumais
Art: Steph Dumais | Jake Karns
Script: Steph Dumais | Jake Karns

Mother Earth is angry at humanity and made a deal with Satan to supply his minions with bodies so the genocide could commence. And the commandos are on the move to take out one outpost.

Wow. This has a lot of graphic violence and gore in it. Very satisfying to see. I like it. All violence and gore. I don’t really care about the plot. I just like seeing all that gore. In fact, I really didn’t pay much attention to the plot. I started reading it, then I just focused on all the pretty art. I should try and read it again, but I think the art will hypnotize me again.

Zombies fully capable of thought and speech are totally awesome. I get tired of the same old undead, but technically they’re really Satan’s minions possessing the dead, so not exactly Zombies.

I really like the design for this book, how the panels and bubbles are arranged. It’s very stylish and looks really nice. It’s different from the typical which really appeals to me.

This isn’t very high on the priority list, but I have a feeling I’ll eventually pick up more of this. That art is awesome.

Crawl Space XXXombies #2

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Dec 2007 | Image

Story: Rick Remender | Tony Moore | Kieron Dwyer
Writing: Rick Remender
Art: Kieron Dwyer
Colour: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Rus Wooton

Hollywood has gone to hell in a hand basket and our little smut crew struggle to get out unscathed. Their numbers are dropping quickly. Tony wants his money from Wong, and Jenny’s father is hot on her trail and he ain’t playin’.

The first thing that amazed me was despite the fact that Johnny was dead, his thing broke, and his skull had a whole punched through it, we’re still oblivious. When Mitzy, the girl of the shot turns into a zombie, they just think she’s dope sick. Wow. These guys deserve to die.

This issue wasn’t as entertaining as the last, but is still good enough for me to keep going. I want to see these guys devoured and see who lives, if anyone does. I’m starting to like Jenny’s father. He’s one tough dude. I love how nothing phases him.

Just two more issues left, then it’s waiting for the next story to be released.

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