Vampirella #3 – Crown of Worms Part 3

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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…

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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter – The First Death #1

CoverJul 2007 | Marvel

Writing: Laurell K. Hamilton
Art: Wellinton Alves
Colour: Color Dojo
Letters: Bill Tortolini
Cover: Brett Booth

A vampire has been killing children and dumping their bodies for police to easily fine. Anita works with Dolph to hunt down the one responsible.

This book is part of a two-issue story Hamilton wrote especially for comics for fans that shows a bit of Anita’s past a year before Guilty Pleasures. It shows how her and Jean-Claude meet and it’s her first serial killer case. Being new to the franchise, I thought I’d begin here. I do have the first actual novel, but every attempt to get into fails. This, on the other hand, had different fingers. I enjoyed it quite a bit, actually. The art isn’t the greatest to me and looks off in ways I can’t describe other than I don’t particularly care for it. Everything else makes up for it.

I’m curious to see just how intricate the case is, being a two-issue thing, I’m not expecting anything too deep, but should I continue on it’s something I hope to find less obvious. I enjoy mysteries that aren’t transparent leaving the audience with all the needed information before the the heroes can solve things. I like to follow along with the detectives and such and work things out on my own as I read the stories, so that’s what I’m hoping for. I enjoy supernatural stuff, so this had better deliver in the long-term. Disappointments are so awful, especially about things you find exciting.

Anita is an interesting character. I didn’t know anything about her other than she hunts vampires, so this is my first exposure to who she is. She has psychic powers and there’s something about zombies, too which I can’t remember presently. She can sense day and night because of it. She used her psychic powers to sense vampire presences and strengths, too. I’d like to see this zombie angle and what else she can do. Hopefully I’ll see something new in next issue’s conclusion which I look forward to reading.

Vampirella #2 – Crown of Worms Part 2

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Dec 2010 | Dynamite Entertainment

Writing: Eric Trautmann | Jeph Loeb
Art: Tim Sale | Wagner Reis
Letters: Wes Abbott | Richard Starkings
Cover: Alex Ross | J. Scott Campbell | Fabiano Neves | Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic | Joe Madureira

Know Thyself

Vampirella, captive in the vampire nest she were attempting to clean, must deal with her own inner demons before she can escape and resume her hunt.

It was nice to see reference to Draculon in this issue after Le Fanu’s hand snake tentacle things poisoned or drugged Vampirella. It had a nice ragey cat fight after that. I didn’t think Vampirella was gonna escape Le Fanu so quickly, though. I thought it’d be a good way for her to be led to Dracula, since he wanted her. Still, the violence that followed washed away the slight pang of disappointment of lost devious tactics. Now I really want to know what’s in Le Fanu’s bag and where she got her hand tentacles.

Another great issue gone with many more left to go. I still curse myself for having not read them until now. It shocks me and I don’t even know why I never got to it sooner. Hopefully I can get through it all quickly and all caught up. If it maintains my excitement, it will be added to my pull list and I’ll have to see what TPBs or issues I’ll need to get to catch myself up. I certainly hope this is still an ongoing. It would be very upsetting to get through everything only to be crushed again by the end of another great book.

I also had been collecting the other Vampirella Series: Vampirella and the Scarlet Legion, as well as Vampirella vs. Dracula. I don’t know where those fit in with what I have. I hope there will be something in the main books that will reference the issues, otherwise I’ll be waiting until i’ve finished before reading them.

Bushido #2

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Oct 2013 | Top Cow

Writing: Rob Levin
Art: Jessada Sutthi | Studio HIVE
Letters: Troy Peteri
Cover: Studio HIVE

Despite Kichiro knowing Edo’s threat and his brother Orochi seeing the vampires for himself, he doesn’t believe Kichiro and will still see him die, but not before he marries Michiru.

Things did not improve. I’d say they are even worse. The blind contempt Kichiro’s brother has for him is so arbitrary it disgusts me. That after EVERYTHING, he would still cling to the notion of jealousy. Let’s not forget in the previous issue where Kichiro speaks of his past, there is no sign of any animosity between the two other than Orochi’s jealousy from the extra lessons Kichiro gets from his father because he sucks. That makes a whole lotta sense. It’s clear the only obstacle to stand in the way of our hero saving Edo from the vampires is an idiot brother too stupid to make the right choices.. If he reacts this way to Kichiro, imagine what he’s like as a normal person. How the hell did he get the Shogun’s daughter? One would answer because his father is a close friend, but by all the higher powers of the universe, there are more and better choices than him. And don’t get me started on Michiru. Her behaviour hasn’t been too believable, either. It’s like no one knows how to write her, and I can see what’s trying to be done there. It’s something I’ve seen quite often in several period dramas, but a bunch of idiots together don’t make a smart person and Kichiro is just as blindly stupid as his brother in regards to her. And at the wedding! He felt -proud- for Orochi? He’ll make a fine Shogun? Are you effing kidding me?! The idiot brother that wants him dead and won’t do ANYTHING Kichiro suggest, regardless of how smart or little it is. That’s some pretty blind devotion there I don’t buy at all. Why? Because it is convenient to the story.

Done, done done! I can’t take it anymore! No more. Waste of money!

 

Bushido #1

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Oct 2013 | Top Cow

Writing: Rob Levin
Art: Jessada Sutthi | Studio HIVE
Letters: Troy Peteri
Cover: Studio HIVE

Kichiro, the sole survivor of a ship beset by vampire pirates, is found and raised by a samurai and trained in the art of Bushido. When the woman he loves is given to his bother, he plans to leave Edo, only to discover vampire planning to bring down the Shogunate.

I’ve sat staring at a cursor for a long period of time trying to figure out just how to explain what I don’t like about this book and in what order. The strongest point is my inability to believe the setting and events therein. I believe I would attribute this to the writing and pacing of the story. It moves very quickly and lacks details to which I’m accustomed to seeing from the plethora of period dramas I enjoy watching. It feels simplified the way westerners tend to do with such material.

Moving onto the art, I’m not really feeling it. It’s rather dead and lifeless lacking something which I can’t put my finger on. It’s not horrible, everything is drawn well, it’s just banal to me. The pages are just plain, ordinary pictures.

All that being said, our cliffhanger at the end is something we haven’t seen more than 100 times over. That was sarcasm. Ugh. Just. Ugh. I even picked up the second issue this week. how sad. Well, it happens. Perhaps the second issue will be better.

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