Grindhouse – Doors Open At Midnight #2

CoverNov 2013 | Dark Horse

Writing: Alex de Campi
Art: Chris Eric Peterson | Marc Laming
Colour: Nolan Woodard
Letters: Alex de Campi
Cover:  Dan Panosian

Bee Vixens From Mars Part 2

It’s up to Deputy Garcia to save her small town from Bee Vixens From Mars in this action-packed conclusion.

This is one of those times where I’ve read something and just don’t have a whole lot to say about it. I really liked the first issue and this one kept up the B-movie feel. The progress of events were what you’d expect from a B movie and I particularly liked the little bee larvae om-nomming; they were adorable.  The Queen was pretty magical, too.

As far as the story is concerned, things concluded nicely and it had lots of bee action. It really did feel like I’m reading a comic adaptation of a movie, which happened to be the most important thing for me. It really hit the mark and I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next movie: Prison Ship Antares.

Dracula #4

CoverSep 2010 | Marvel

Pencils: Dick Giordano
Colour: June Chung
Writing: Roy Thomas
Letters: Rus Wooton
Cover: Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

The hunt for Dracula continues and concludes in this final issue!

We know how the story ends, at least most of do. We have either read the book or watched the movie adaptation, an honestly, I found myself bored for this very reason. I knew how it ended and it just had too much exposition for me to really care. It felt like things drug on because so much time was wasted on all those words that were difficult to read- thin-coloured cursive without enough contrast with the background colour of their bubbles. It bothered my eyes which started to ache and made me grumpy, so that lessened my enjoyment even more. Very sad, but such is the way of things.

I’ll still stand my previous words; it is a well done, carefully crafted adaptation that does the novel justice. Were I in the mood to read such a thing, my lethargy and impatience with it wouldn’t have occurred. I just couldn’t find myself in that place despite my desire to finish it.

That said, knowing this limited series is the first collection of the chapters that were originally printed in Dracula Lives; I’m curious to read those and see what else Dracula has been up to in the past. I do enjoy older horror comics.

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser #2

CoverApr 2011 | Boom!

Writing: Clive Barker | Christopher Monfette
Art: Leonardo Manco
Colour: Charlie Kirchoff | Jordie Bellaire
Cover: Tim Bradstreet
Letters: Travis Lanham

Pursuit of the Flesh Part 1

Kirsty and other survivors deal with another Lemarchand device: The Carousel and the box is now with a new owner.

The horribles from the carousel were nice. I particularly liked the giant-brained millipede thing. Unfortunate about the family that previously owned it. I don’t know why any of them would think they’d survive. They should have gotten them out of the house.

I had a feeling the box would end up with the boyfriend. I somehow knew it. I hope he doesn’t survive. Hellraiser is a thing of few survivors. Oh what sights will it show me next issue?

Vampirella #3 – Crown of Worms Part 3

Cover

Feb 2010 | Dynamite Entertainment

Writing: Eric Trautmann | Jeph Loeb
Art: Fabiano Neves | Wagner Reis
Letters:Marshall Dillon
Cover: Ale Garza | Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic | Sean Chen | Rodolfo Migliari

The Lesser Evil

Vampirella deals with Le Fanu and learns a bit more about the terrible thing that was making her mad.

Well, things took a turn for the weird. I knew there had to be more than simply hunting down and killing Dracula. Now we’ve got a much larger picture and worse evil looming on the horizon-a world ending kind. When Le Fanu talked about worms, I thought it was figurative, not literal…

Three issues down and my interest is holding. I’d like to know more about this worm and what sort of side-effect Le Fanu’s torture with them will have on Vampirella. I suppose we shall see soon enough.

Also, side-kick possibly. She rescues Sofia and it seems she’ll be sticking around awhile. She had some issues with friends never coming out of that club.  I wonder how long she’ll last or at the very least, stick around with Vampirella…

Dracula #3

CoverSep 2010 | Marvel

Pencils: Dick Giordano
Colour: June Chung
Writing: Roy Thomas
Letters: Joe Rosen
Cover: Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

After Lucy’s death, children are found drained of blood leading Hellsing to solve the mystery and prove what he knew to be true regarding poor Lucy. Knowing their enemy, the search for Dracula begins while he has set his sights on cursing Mina.

A lot happened in this issue. We dealt with the last of Lucy and Mina has already tasted Dracula’s blood. Things are pretty grim right now, but with one issue left, there’s not much more left to happen.

I didn’t like this issue as much as the previous, two. I was annoyed by how wordy it all was, of course, I wasn’t particularly in the mood to read a wordy comic drowning in exposition, so of course I wouldn’t like it. I wanted it to get on with things and it frustrated me with deliberate slowness and about two hundred words too many. Needless to say, it’s still a really good adaptation of the novel. I will see it to the end.

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