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.

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S.H.O.O.T. First #1

CoverOct 2013 | Dark Horse

Writing: Justin Aclin
Art: Nicolas Daniel Selma
Colour: Marlac
Cover: Nicolas Daniel Selma

Part One: The Bottle Jinn

Religion is a lie. All the things which people have believed are just fuel for outsiders that use humanity’s blind faith to fuel their own power. With science winning, they plan to bring the prophecies they’ve seeded for thousands of years to bear. Enter S.H.O.O.T., humanity’s only defence against these paranormals.

This was quite good. Weird in the beginning and as far as concepts go, but as it went on, my interest rose. Many years ago I ran a campaign which followed this thread, but a bit more basically. Players made characters devout of faith and proceeded tumbling through the downward spiral called truth.  The truth that the beings of their faiths were nothing more than manipulative planars, as it were. I used Call of Cthulhu 5th edition as my engine. It was set in the 40s, and it did involve varying degrees of sanity loss from revelations the characters had and struggling against their indoctrination and dogma. It was a fun game, and this comic takes things further giving us an organization to fight these supernatural creatures.

Add this to my TV show want list. Seriously. This would be good, too.

It seems this may have a much deeper story within it, too. We have a little boy playing with his action figures who asks his mother, the field team leader, what happens after death. She knows Heaven is a lie, but she doesn’t tell her son anything. Her mom asks her why she doesn’t just tell him about heaven and she’s against telling him something that isn’t true. It’s an interesting position to be in, nevermind what happened at the end of this book.

We also have Infidel, an alleged N.A.T.O. translator who visited a mosque to tell God if he really existed, he didn’t want anything to do with him because of how much evil is in the world. I’m very interested in him especially with what got revealed about him.

This is getting scribbled onto my pull list.

Pretty Deadly #1

Cover

Oct 2013 | Image

Writing: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Art: Emma Rios
Colour: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Emma Rios

Two traveling storytellers weave a warning disguised as a tale of Death’s Daughter to the people of an old western town. 

Well, this is weird and I can see where the Sandman and Preacher marriage come from, but it is not Sandman nor is it Preacher and I think it tries too hard.

I had to read the first issue twice to get a feel for things and ensure that I really aren’t clueless from it all. The most I gained from this book is the story of how Ginny, Death’s daughter, came to be. I don’t particularly like how it’s done. I don’t like this story-within-a-story thing going on with the rabbit and the butterfly talking and then the comic proper taking place within that. I got tired of this presentational method a long time ago.

A lot of characters were introduced and the book basically just throws you into the middle of something and doesn’t do it comfortably. I feel like I missed out on an issue #0 and that’s a bad way for me to feel reading the debut of something new which I know nothing about. Everything packed into this book all led up to a weak cliffhanger which doesn’t even compel me to continue on. I found it all to be quite ‘meh’ in all honesty, but I at least found the art enjoyable.

Despite this book having no impact on me at all, I’m going to give it one more chance with a second issue. Perhaps it is just poorly paced for the format and something better suited to exist in a collected form. Some books are like that and better read like that.

We’ll see.

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?

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