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.

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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.

Stingers #1

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Mar 2009 | Zenescope

Writing: Joe Brusha | Ralph Tedesco
Art: Wagner Reis
Colour: Priscila Ribeird
Letters: Crank!

Part One

This follows your basic alien monster invasion plot. A highly advanced alien race ends up with a dying home world, so where is the only place that has what they need? Why, Earth of course. And just like the movies, we see fragments of the main characters lives until the first victim falls and start turning into something weird.

It is probably only out of my love of horror movies and addicted to the crappy Sci-Fi Saturday Movie that I could possibly have any desire to buy this, let alone like it. And for whatever reason, I do like it. Actually, the reason is purely the horrible insect aliens. I have this thing for weird insect aliens.

This issue was all right, just like any other B-rate movie. This is all that boring stuff you sit through for half-an-hour or more before the real fun starts. Which had better be the next issue, like the wonderful preview image, or I’m dropping this.

I’m not too fond of the art, but the aliens look really good, so that’s a plus for me, since they’re the only reason I’m interested in this. The writing is a bit higher than a B-movie, but we’ll see how it goes when the bad stuff hits the fan.

Salem’s Daughter #0

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Apr 2009 | Zenescope

Created By: Joe Brusha | Ralph Tedesco
Writing: Ralph Tedesco
Art: Caio Menescal
Colour: James Brown
Letters: Zach Matheny

It’s the time of the wild west, gunslingers, Indian tribes, and supernatural creatures up to no good. Anna is a woman with extraordinary powers. Braden is the poor bloke helping her. Together, they hunt the supernatural.

This story introduces us to Braden and how he managed to get into the dire circumstance he’s currently in. It involves the husband’s murdering of his wife under the bewitchment of a demon seeking to bear a child. Anna knows so much about demons, but doesn’t seem to know where it comes from.

They find the demon right after the birth of her child and the fighting begins, Braden using his two guns to shoot the turned companions until Anna is able to banish the demon back to hell. During the battle, Braden was stabbed in the gut with a knife.

After which, Anna notices the knife protruding from Braden’s gut, and also part ways with the demon baby and it’s father to seek aid from the healer of a nearby Indian tribe. Thus, bringing us to the beginning of the story.

This wasn’t a bad preview. It had lots of action and Anna is a pretty interesting character. I’d like to know more about her, where her powers and knowledge come from. And while Braden told us he had to get her out of her home town, we don’t why or how that came to pass. Hopefully all my curiosities will be satisfied with future issues. I do know that the ad in the back eludes to some answers.

Witness the beginning

The art is definitely not a strong point, but it isn’t too bad. After dealing with 1001 Arabian Nights, I think I should be able to deal with this. It’s still pleasing enough, but part of me wants more from it. It’ just seem thick and chunky.

I’m going to take my chances with this and see how it goes.

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