June 27th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Graphic Novels & Comics |

Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht review

by Ghastly McNasty

vampire-vixens-coverI’d been following the development of this publication on their Facebook Page, having been left goggle-eyed by a selection of preview art that had been slowly and tantalisingly drizzled onto a certain comics forum of which I occasionally haunt the distant corners of. What caused the aforementioned spinning of eyeballs was Alex Ronald’s beautifully painted artwork and his ability to draw smoking hot vampire babes.

Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht begins in a pre-war 40’s England, with our hero, Chaplain Morris, receiving a briefing from the ledge that is Winston Churchill. The adventure then takes us to the heart of Germany where the Chaplain has teamed up with Libyenah, the gorgeous Vampire Vixen and star of the show. They must battle evil Nazi occult forces to protect Blighty from the supernatural terrors of the Third Reich.

“The only thing saving us from the unholy hurricane the Germans have unleashed is a man of God and a woman from Hell.”

vv-panels2From the off, it’s an absolute giggle-fest. The script is proudly packed full of sexual innuendo, planting its flag firmly in the ‘Carry on Commando’ camp, rather than D.C. Thompson Commando. I’d already splurted my tea across my desk three times in the first few pages when I came across a (possibly accurate) flashback scene, near the middle of the comic, which will have you howling in delight.

vixens-panelsThe creators, Alex Ronald and The Emperor, must have had a hoot writing the script. At times I could imagine them sniggering like school boys as they put pen to paper. The silliness of the story, in some places, does feel strange in contrast with the near flawless artwork. Not in a bad way. It’s like they’ve taken a Viz comic strip and given it to a classical painter. Strange but ultimately awesome.

Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht is being launched at Glasgow Comic Con on 13 and 14 July 2013 and will also be at Though Bubble in November. You can also purchase this wonderful book via UKOnDisplay and probably a load of other places.

 

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June 27th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Horror Comic Roundup – 6/11/13

by Decapitated Dan

 

Horror Comic Roundup Image drawn by Travis Wayne Pursell, colors by Decapitated Dan

Welcome to the Horror Comic Roundup! Join Decapitated Dan,  Billy Dunleavy and friends each week as they review new and old Horror Comics that you will either be dying to read or terrified to check out!

’68 Jungle Jim #3 (Image)
Decapitated Dan: Ahh, issue #3, the turning point in the mini series, when it all comes back around to lead into the ending, and MAN was this issue good. The first thing that really stood out to me was the way the story was told here. Typically I don’t like things on the page jumping around like this, but once it all came together, I was loving how it was done! Best part of the issue to me was Zombies using Zombies as weapons. As if I need to say it again, Zornow’s artwork is GORE-Geous! Mix in the colors by Fotos, and this book will just take your black heart away. I love this book, and incase you couldn’t tell already, I am going to tell you that you need to be reading it. Zombies done so right, it’s wrong not to check it out. – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Bedlam #7 (Image)
Decapitated Dan: Well the first arc is over and now we start on #2, and with new artist Ryan Browne. While I will miss Rossmo on this book, I think that Browne is a great fit. He was able to really deliver on that same gritty look that I have come to expect in Bedlam. The story in this one though was really dragging on, and then of course, I get to the end and now I need more right away. I thought that the build was necessary to how this book finished, but at the time of reading it, I was close to a nap. I did love the intro scene though, had me cracking up and the Head Puppets. Overall still a great read, although I think I am beginning to move it from Horror to Crime. – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

Chillers Book 2 (Transfuzion)
Decapitated Dan: Take everything I said about Chillers Book 1 and now multiply it by 2, because Book 2 was that much better! I want to start with the story by Gary Reed and Kevin Thomas “A Mother’s Beauty”. This story needs to be an ongoing title, I can not express how great it was on both story and artwork. I loved the concept so much, I now i seriously need more! The rest of the book is filled with above the bar tales by some of the best horror talent in comics today. So my list of top five stories in the book are “A Mother’s Beauty”, “Exotic Tales”, “Homecoming”, “The Hellfire Worm”, and “Distracted Walking”. Of course all 14 stories are Agh-Mazing, and I have to say I have fallen in love with the artwork of Ger Curti. I would be able to say so much more but it would just be me saying “buy it, read it, love it, share it”, over and over again. READ THIS BOOK! – Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0

 Crossed Badlands #30 (Avatar Press)
Decapitated Dan: Man this series just keep getting better and better. With part 2 of Gage’s story arc in full swing, things just keep getting worse for this betrayed group of survivors. I think that Gage is just delivering one hell of a story. I love this concept of someone studying the Crossed, and trying to manipulate them, while being stuck in one horrible situation. It’s survival of the smartest at its best. The artwork by Zanier is still GORE-Geous, and let me tell you this, when a Crossed kid goes head first into helicopter blades, it could possibly be the coolest thing ever drawn in one of these issues. I love the fact that I am happy to be reading Crossed again. This arc is fantastic, and I can not wait to see what will happen next. – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0 

Dark Shadows #17 (Dynamite) 
Billy Dunleavy: For anyone out there that’s looking for a new read, definitely give Dark Shadows a chance. There has been a bit of everything in this book since Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend, Exiles, Infestation) took the reigns. Time travel, witchcraft, werewolves, and of course, vampires! He’s weaved a story that has been intriguing, and suspenseful. Right now, Nicholas Blair, along with the help of Barnabas Collins soul (he’s been trapped in Limbo) are attempting to rid two of his friends from demonic possession. Also, the demon that now inhabits Barnabas’ body has tracked down the vicious vampire, Lockwood, and means to make a pact to destroy Barnabas and his family forever! The artist is fantastic, as is the writing by Raicht. And the cover by Francesco Francavilla is the icing on the cake!  Rating 5/5

Demons: The Unseen #1 (Zenescope) 
Billy Dunleavy: A few of these “Unleashed” books have actually been decent and showed some promise (Vampires, Werewolves, etc.). The underlying villain behind the entire crossover is pretty good, but something else needs to tie them all together. In this story, we meet Masumi. A warrior that was in the Shadowlands but escaped to modern-day Earth. She must use her extraordinary abilities, along with swords that are mystical in nature (and possessed), to fight against the Unseen, demons that possess people and wreak havoc on Earth. Overall, this book was decent, but the angle of her being tied down to a boyfriend kind of cheapened the action. The whole “I have someone at home to  worry about” angle kind of lost its appeal years ago with many different superhero books. Nice interior artwork and cover!  Rating 3.5/5

Fatale #14 (Image) 
Billy Dunleavy: For anyone that’s been missing their fix of Ed Brubaker from his Marvel work, look no further. On a hunch, one day I visited Comixology and downloaded the first issue of this series for free. Immediately after I ordered the first Tpb (trade paperback) as it was a while after the book had hit shelves. It was nothing short of awesome. In this issue, we’re back in the WWII era (as the series shows different moments in time) and we see that a map has been found by a regiment of soldiers, but soon after one of the soldiers reads it, he goes completely mad, and begins to shoot the other. He eventually put down by Walt Booker. We then see Josephine, locked up and recounting how she ended up in that predicament. By the end of the issue, we see Nazi’s, monsters, and good old fashioned war action!  Rating 4/5

Godzilla: Half-Century War TPB (IDW)
Denise Dutton: I know, this isn’t a newbie.  But I’m only just getting my grubby little paws on a copy, and it’s absolutely amazing.  You like Kaiju?  Who doesn’t.  Well, you’ll find our favorite green radioactive beastie here, along with literally tons of his most popular adversaries, tied together by the story of Ota, a man who has witnessed (and fought) Godzilla for 50 years.  The art here is a great mix of Western and Manga, thanks to the talented pencils of James Stokoe (who is also the creator of this fabulous story, btw).  I love everything about this comic; the characters (my favorite: the AMF Mothra team — go hippies!), the alt-history spin, the shout-outs to Kaiju movie fans, the everything.  Mark my words; Godzilla: Half-Century War will be on comic fans shelves right next to Watchmen and The Killing Joke.  Seriously, if you don’t already have this in your library run — do not walk — to your local comic book store & grab it off the shelf. – (5 out of 5) 

Haunted Horror #5 (IDW)
Billy Dunleavy:
In typical fashion, we get several stories in this issue, all with an underlying theme. They all are connected by sports or something closely related to them (for the most part). Admittedly a slower issue than the previous ones, the sports themed stories were slightly tedious, but in the case of the bowling story, that wasn’t true. That issue definitely vaulted the issue back into awesome status! I man who loves bowling but has a nagging wife that opposes his hobby. Lets just say that by stories end, she winds up being a part of the hobby! A prehistoric egg that ends up in a museum, bears a nightmare for a local towns inhabitants, the bride of a ghoul, and vampires Friday the thirteenth round out the last three stories! Overall, another strong issue. These old stories are such a great read and are certainly bone chilling, especially when you think about the years they were published! Rating 4/5

Locke & Key Omega #5 (IDW)
Decapitated Dan: Now I have said this over and over and over, ever since I finished reading the very first chapter of Locke & Key, THIS IS THE BEST COMIC BOOK BEING PRINTED TODAY! For 5 years this book has been so amazing, that the 3rd to last issue was guaranteed to deliver something special. I can really sum this entire issue up, by just telling you about page 3… it was F*/!ING EPIC! I could not believe how much this issue delivered for only $4. It put the pedal on the floor from the start to finish, and just never let up! Why do Hill and Rodriguez always want to make me cry? The honest answer is because this is so perfect, that you love every single cast member. And when Tyler was talking to his dad… oh man, tearing up again. While the end of this masterpiece is in sight, and the makes me sad too, all I can take away from this comic is that it proves why it is the best comic on the shelves. I will say just go ahead and say it now, THIS IS THE GREATEST COMIC BOOK STORY! – Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0

Rachel Rising #17 (Abstract Studios)
Decapitated Dan: Did you know that issues of Rachel Rising will always deliver 3 things to the reader? (1) GORE-Geous artwork, (2) A story that will make you fall in love with everything and everyone in it, and (3) an ending that will leave you wanting more and make you mad you have to wait another month for that to happen! This issue was FANG-Tastic (yeah it’s a wolf pun). As always the artwork leaves me speechless. The scene with the hunters was so good, and it leads into the cliff hanger ending that makes me scream “NOOOOOO! I WANT MORE NOW!” Rachel Rising has been nothing but great since it started, and it just keeps getting better and better. Go get the trades and catch up, because you are really missing out by not reading this one. – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Screwed #1 (Zenescope)
Billy Dunleavy: Well, lets start at the beginning. A story with Frankenstein-ish plot points, a young girl that can’t remember anything, and a hospital full of people that appear to be normal, but to her, look like monsters. Lots of questions, and not many answers. The preview had me interested in this book, but after reading the full issue, I’m not so optimistic. It just seems very unoriginal so far. That being said, the writer could certainly go in a direction from here that would be interesting and cool. The artwork was definitely a strong point, and hopefully will continue to be throughout the series.  Rating 3/5

Decapitated Dan: The only thing I liked about Screwed, was putting it down. While the artwork was nice, I just could not get into the story at all. So let’s just start with the artwork, there was a great sequence of panels where she was escaping from the hospital. Some nice bloody horror stuff to enjoy there. The story though, I felt was too late 90’s/early ’00’s. I did not care much for the dialogue, and why on earth would he rip off that guys ear? It made no sense, when it looked like he was going to just squish his head. It’s not a horrible book by any means, it’s just not for me. – Dying Breath 2.5 out of 5.0

 Swamp Thing #21 (DC)
Billy Dunleavy: It’s been a long time since an issue of Swamp Thing was in front of me, but I can honestly say that this issue was pretty solid. First, a strange woman pops up in the Swamp, and she knows about Swampy and his heritage. She invokes some sort of protection from him but he doesn’t understand. He then asks the Parliament (no, not George Clinton) to help him understand, and they let him communicate with the avatar that did make this promise of protection hundreds of years ago. After learning what he needs, the old avatar is attacked by something that seemingly destroys him, and then sets its sights on Alec. He manages to get a way, and figures out that it’s Seeder (new villain?) that is after him. New creative team, new villain, and all around solid book. Good jumping on point!  Rating 4/5

Ten Grand #2 (Image)
Decapitated Dan: First off, if you miss the REAL Hellblazer, read Ten Grand. JMS and Templesmith are creating something here, that is just beautiful. I’d like to be able to use another word to describe issue #2, but I can’t it’s just perfect all around. The story gets rolling and only picks up the pace after page 1. I love the concept, and way that JMS is presenting this tale. That demon was GORE-Geous and when he went BOOM I was only thinking that Ben was the perfect artist for that page. With only 2 issues so far, I am hooked, and all I can really think right now is how I want more, and want it now. I wish this book was weekly. – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Twisted Tales of Madness and Murder #1 (Twisted Publications)
Decapitated Dan: I was loving this issue… and then it ended and it left me wondering why? The story in this issue is great. You have a man done wrong by his woman and best friend, who then acts out a year long plan to get revenge only to have this even bigger twist thrown in right in the middle of the second act. I say act because this issue really seemed to have 3 acts to it. I won’t give away the twist either, because it was that damn good. However the issue just ends, and it’s not at a point that I thought worked. Maybe 1 more page was needed to lead into the next issue. The artwork is great, and very consistent. Galusha did a fantastic job with the torture scenes, and drove him that decapitation. Overall a really great start to something I really want to read more of. That ending though just left me a little mad because it was on such a great pace up until that point. Serial killer fans, check this one out. – Dying Breath 3.5 out of 5.0

Über #2 (Avatar Press)
Decapitated Dan: I still don’t want to 100% classify this book as horror, but I do want to classify it as 100% AMAZING! Set towards the end of WWII the Germans have released their final weapons out against the Allies, and holy crap is it a BLOODY GOOD MESS! Gillen is crafting a tale that just has me hooked. I love this concept, I love that it makes you feel nervous and wrong for reading it (read Gillen’s notes at the end of the book, he really sums it up nicely.) The artwork by White is to DIE for. The one scene, out of many, that blew my mind was when an Über Soldier literally blew his mind. You get the bloody goodness you expect from Avatar books with this comic, but you also get a great story that just has me hooked. LOVE this so far! – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

 

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June 26th, 2013 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Graphic Novels & Comics |

Crossed 2013 Annual review

by Sidesy

CrossedAnnual2013So yeah, bestiality. Hilarious, right? I saw a programme, which only Channel 4 could have produced, a few years back about an American man who married a horse. That was mildly amusing, if not slightly uncomfortable (he touched the horse funny, like). But the actual act of sodomising an animal shouldn’t really be a laughing matter. Unless you’re Simon Spurrier. And, um, now me. And I suspect there may be others. Click here for one of the offending images. Okay, yes, for some it’s deeply offence and disturbing and la la la, but oh my god, there is something just so darkly funny in its grotesqueness, in its utter absurdity that you can’t help but crack a smile. The exploding cow is even better.

This Crossed web-comic, born out of the success of the original series (and Warren Ellis’ incredibly successful and largely experimental web-series ‘FreakAngels’) differs mildly in tone from Garth Ennis’ creation in that Spurrier injects this incredibly dark humour throughout, one that I find has actually enhanced my enjoyment of the Crossed franchise as a whole. Ennis’ dark vision was one of struggling to survive in a world in which a virus has stripped away humanity’s fundamental sense of morality and where you were truly helpless and (as the tagline teased) ‘No-one is coming to save you’; it’s a truly harrowing tour de force that examines the brutal nature of human beings at their worst.

Not that Spurrier’s series doesn’t explore this; it does it with panache and most of the nastiness in Crossed: Wish You Were Here comes not from the ‘plus faces’ but the odorous characters that would use the end of the world to prey on those who are weaker than them. But then Spurrier introduces characters like the brilliantly insane Andrew Frazer Jackson and this is who the 2013 annual concentrates on.

Jackson was one of the most likeable characters in the web-series and here, he’s off the leash. A former lieutenant in the SBS, he’s seen a lot of action; the Falklands, dealing with airline bothering extremists in the 80’s and deployed on special operations in the 90’s when the iron curtain fell. Throughout all of the important military operations, he encounters the beautiful and mysterious Magda, whose work has something to do with bioweapons. When the higher-ups order Jackson to eliminate Magda, she defends herself by spraying something in his face; what he believes is the cause of his madness. The crux of the story is Jackson’s mission to find Magda’s secret hideout in Iceland and find out what it was that she sprayed him with and whether it was actually her and her team that caused the outbreak that has killed millions.

The above is a massive oversimplification of what is a brilliantly realised plot that spans several decades and gives us a possible, brief glimpse of how this devastation came to be. To explain it would ruin it (because I wouldn’t do it justice) but needless to say, it is full of twists and turns even the most hardened Future Shock reader won’t see coming a mile off.  All the things about the web-series I love are here in abundance; the rich characters, the bonkers over-the-top violence and the humour – Spurrier’s use of Icelandic and its subsequent translation on the page is excellent.

And then there’s the artwork. As I mentioned in the Stitched review, some of the artists working at Avatar are producing incredible work; the European style of near-realism, lavishly detailed backgrounds and character expressions you believe in are draining my bank account monthly. Gabriel Andrade is no exception. His work here is married seamlessly to Spurrier’s script – the action sequences are brutally and beautifully realised and the characters are consistent throughout the different time periods explored. But where the artwork really shines is when Andrade shows us how insane Jackson is by giving us an insight of what’s happening in his head in ‘real time’, producing a seriously nightmarish vision that gets more intense throughout the story, culminating in much of the background and (cleverly) the panel guttering being filled with foulness that gives added depth to his increasingly manic actions. Enhanced by lavishly rich colours by Digikore Studios, this is a vision of clinical insanity I’ve not seen done this well in comics for a while, if ever.

There’s a danger with some of the Crossed stories that they might run too far into ‘torture porn’ territory, losing some of its integrity and individuality in favour of being twisted for twisted sake. But Spurrier and Andrade dispel this, producing a story and developing a character that stands so well on its own, it’s hard not to want more.

You can read the entirety of Simon Spurrier’s Crossed: Wish You Were Here web-comic at www.crossedcomic.com and buy the Crossed 2013 Annual from all good local comic shops.

 

 

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June 25th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews, Graphic Novels & Comics |

Horror Comic Roundup – 6/4/13

by Decapitated Dan

Horror Comic Roundup Image drawn by Travis Wayne Pursell, colors by Decapitated Dan

Welcome to the Horror Comic Roundup! Join Decapitated Dan,  Billy Dunleavy and friends each week as they review new and old Horror Comics that you will either be dying to read or terrified to check out!

Bloody Hell #1 (Boardguy/DriveThru Comics)
Decapitated Dan: Now this is a fantastic anthology. I have to start by just saying how GORE-Geous Wilson’s artwork is. It is seriously to die for. The use of color on two of the 3 stories, made no difference from the black and white one, because it was all so damn good. The stories themselves are amazing too. The first is an adaptation of a Loobecraft story that will chill you to the bone (adapted by Rod Lott). The second story and third stories are so good, matter of fact, this book is just so damn good all around. Stop reading this review and go read it, seriously stop reading this now, your still reading this aren’t you? Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0 

B.P.R.D. Vampire #3 (Dark Horse)
Billy Dunleavy: If you haven’t been keeping up with the BPRD universe, shame on you. This mini-series in particular has been quite good, and the creative team behind it is very much responsible. We watched Agent Anders in the previous series (BPRD 1948), as he kind of went off the deep end. Well, in this one, Professor Broom has pointed this Agent in a specific direction, and it’s one that includes a centuries old vampire. After figuring out what area to search, Anders befriended one of the locals, and she wants to help him any way she can. The two go exploring and find ancient ruins and caves. Once inside though, they get separated, and Anders must face not only two ghosts, but the vampire he’s been seeking! Mignola, Moon, and Bá have done a great job with the pacing of this tale, and definitely are getting things churning with this issue. The colors of Dave Stewart must be mentioned as well, as he always knows how to set the mood with just the right blend of darks and lights.  Rating  4/5

Decapitated Dan: Okay, so what I missed issue #2, and that is my own fault, but this issue was accessible because I read #1. I loved the scene where Andres comes back, and just opens that huge can of whoop ass. This issue looks so stunning thanks to Bà and Moon. What I take from this is a fun read. It doesn’t carry that real serious tone of Baltimore, but it’s still a very solid read, and with the ending given… it’s only going to get better from here. Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0 

Crossed Badlands #29 (Avatar Press)
Decapitated Dan: Whoa! Lets all welcome Gage to the writing party on Crossed. This issue was a fantastic read from start to finish. I can’t lie, typically with Crossed it can be a little too over the top, but this issue really delivers on the story, and it had me hooked as soon as I was introduced to “Smoky”. This kind of plays off that great concept in Land of the Dead, where you have someone realizing they might not all be stupid. With fantastic artwork by Zanier, this issue is not to be missed. Crossed is getting better and better with each issue! Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Denise Dutton: This shorter-story-arcs spinoff has proven to be just as good if not better than the original. Much like the arc in Badlands #19-20 (“Conquers All”) this new story arc by Christos Gage (Absolution) focuses on an Alpha Crossed nicknamed “Smokey” that seems to be able to keep his penchant for mayhem under check…so he can deliver maximum suffering later. It also focuses on a nerdy anthropologist grad turned high school teacher named Oliver and his ability to gauge how the Crossed operate. How will Oliver’s group of survivors fare with a Crossed that can reason? Since this arc is called “Quisling”, things aren’t exactly coming up roses. Great for readers, really sucky for those characters. Not like we’d expect anything else from this deliciously evil series.

Dead Man’s Run #5 (Aspen)
Billy Dunleavy: This is one of those series that for one reason or another has slipped under the radar of most people. It’s quite a shame to, because Greg Pak and Tony Parker are knocking it out of the park! You have a young man and his sister that were delivered to Hell via an automobile accident. He’s a bit of a shyster, but she’s not supposed to be there. We witness what lengths he’ll go to for her to get “topside” again, and the story has another twist to it as well. Hell is basically a prison with many levels, and Sam Tinker and his band of sinners are pretty far down. He’s gathered a few of Hell’s not so nice inhabitants to help rescue his sister, not get killed, and make it back to the surface world. All in a days work, right? Wow, so again. Pak and Parker are doing a fantastic job on this title and other than long gaps in the book shipping out, this book is a winner!  Rating  5/5 

King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #1 (Dark Horse)
Billy Dunleavy: Before you say…”Hey, Conan isn’t a horror book”, listen up! In this issue a bunch of rogue mystics made their way into a crypt, and raised a former magician from the grave! These mystics have brought him back for one reason and one reason only. To help them defeat Conan, and destroy him forever! As Conan leads his troops into battle, he’s attacked by this undead magician, and almost killed. He’s Conan though, and he’s not that easy to defeat! Wow, it’s fantastic to see Timothy Truman, Tomás Giorello,  and Jose’ Villarrubia back on a Conan book! This team is responsible for one of the greatest looking hard covers that I’ve ever seen (Conan: Iron Shadows in the Moon), and is fantastic at the recreations of these Robert E. Howard stories. Do yourself a favor, and get out and grab this book, because it’s a thing of beauty.  Rating  5/5

Denise Dutton: Conan is an old man now, but he’s far from feeble. #1 starts off with Conan visiting his first wife Zenobia’s tomb, and then recounting his deeds to a scribe for posterity. So, as you might expect, Conan tells the boy about how he met Zenobia. C’mon, this is Conan we’re talking about, it ain’t gonna be no wine and roses. In fact, things get dicey from the start, when Conan is poisoned just as a huge battle is about to begin. By Crom, this sounds interesting!

Kitty and Batz #1 (Legends of Heroes and Villains, 2011)
Decapitated Dan: Sometimes when you read a first issue of an independent comic you can see the growth within it. I can’t lie that the story started out a little rough with the dialogue, but as the issue progressed Spain and Zerga really started to hit a solid stride. Is it horror, no, but it is a dark comedy that has some great moments in it. The artwork is what stole the show in this first issue. I was a big fan of Zerga’s panel layouts and how the art played out on the pages. The character designs are great, and the comedy within the art helped drive the story. Overall it’s a good start, I can see a growth/learning curve in this issue, so it only means that #2 is going to be even better. Dying Breath 3.0 out of 5.0 

Morbius The Living Vampire #5 (Marvel)
Billy Dunleavy: To say that this series has been a disappointment to long time Morbius fans is a monumental understatement. Hearken back to the times of the magazine Vampire Tales for a moment. You had not only Morbius, but a myriad of other horror characters that made your senses tingle and the artwork made your mouth water. This portrayal might make you run to the bathroom to vomit. Joe Keatinge & company have taken a bloodthirsty vampire and turned him into a street thug that looks like something from a Jay-Z video. A story of hoodlums and the very wimpy villain, The Rose, to make you realize what a mistake it was buying this book. The artwork is mediocre at best.  Rating 1/5

Denise Dutton: An interesting blend of noir and vampire-ness, which is apt since Michael Morbius ain’t your typical vampire. And no, he doesn’t sparkle. Thank god. Trying to stay away from the humans that fuel his experiment-gone-awry need for blood, Morbius ends up becoming an unwitting, unusual hero. But a villain named the Rose may be pulling strings behind the scenes…. I’m not loving the revamp (hah) of Morbius, but it is definitely better than his old Count Dracula In Space outfit. Seriously Marvel; only a very small percentage of the world can carry off a Van Dyke without looking stupid (or douchey). In a world full of quality horror comics, my horror loving tuchas will need more to sink my own teeth into than what writer Joe Keatinge has going on right now. Then again Morbius has always been a villain/antihero rather than a horror comic star. So fans of the scary? Understand that and read if you dare. *bwahahahah*

Next Testament #1 (BOOM!)
Decapitated Dan: I’m not 100% on this being a horror title yet, but man did certain scenes in this issue creep me out. I thought that the story by Barker and Miller was fantastic. It has this great mystery vibe to it, that mixes religion with the strange and odd. The artwork by Jang was solid throughout, but the scenes that really shined were the ones where people literally fell from the sky. While I’m not too sure about what will happen next, I can expect some crazy things to come from this series. An intriguing start, can’t wait to see where it will go. Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

Denise Dutton: You had me at Clive Barker and Mark Millar y’all. Next Testament is a crazy fever-dream, but it’s got Haemi Jang delivering the gorgeous art (though I do kinda wish that Clive himself had at least drawn the cover…well, maybe in a later issue) that washes over you while the tale unfolds. Pow! Bam! No, it’s not Batman. That’d be your brain as you read it. What’s going on? Not sure, but I damn sure wanna find out. “The world will rejoice. It will have no other option.” Tell me you don’t wanna read this. Yeah you do.

Shadow Hunters #2 (Scattered Comics)
Decapitated Dan: This is just something to throw out there in general for all comic creators, put in a recap page. It has been a while since I read issue #1, so the hardest thing was to remember what happened. The story in #2 does a good job of recalling those memories from my mind of what came before, and it delivers a fun filled action ride. This story fits into the necromancer genre mixed with some comedic elements. The writing by Dube is solid throughout. The artwork by Jordan is booty-ful, as I think it’s safe to say sex sells. The art plays into the humor of the writing at times, but what really shines are the action scenes towards the end. Overall a great issue that will leave the reader wanting more based on the ending. Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #80 (Broadsword)
Decapitated Dan: Say what you want about the art of this title, but understand that the story is really great. While the issues that have already come out in the “Dark Spiral” storyline have been better, this one plays on some really good comedy. I thought that the adult themed jokes were very funny, and fit this title oh so well. It was actually a great break in what came before. I know this book is not for everyone, but I am really liking what has been going on with this arc so far. Dying Breath 3.5 out of 5.0

Vitriol The Hunter #4 (IDW)
Decapitated Dan: Why on Earth have I not been reading this series? Lets start with the GORE-Geous artwork, and let me emphasize on the gore! It almost shocked me to see this bloody mess in something that looks so animated, all I can say is wow! The writing has moments where it could be stronger, but it’s all tons of fun. I am mad at myself for missing out on everything so far, but hear me now, I will not miss another issue! Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

The Wake #1 (Vertigo)
Billy Dunleavy: An underwater mission that seems text-book but becomes mysterious and creepy in two pages. Yep, that’s what you get with the newest creation from Batman whiz kid Scott Snyder, and artist Sean Murphy. The story has a few different levels to it, and one is a relationship between a mother and her son. This drives the first few pages of the book, but it becomes apparent very quickly, that she’s going to be in for a wild ride once she gets to an underwater facility that houses something never before seen by mankind. This book was difficult to review for one reason. It seems very similar to another story that Image published a year or so ago called “The Vault”. A team of researchers/scientist are in a facility and something unholy is found, and on one knows what to do initially. This story did have some differences, but definitely had the same vibe.  Rating 4/5

Decapitated Dan: This issue was a typical Snyder book for me, the story took soo long to get somewhere, and then at the end BAM, it hooked me! It’s not that it was too wordy, it just didn’t have anything to really grab me until the end, and now I just want more! The artwork by Murphy was great overall, but it me scratching my head on a few panels. I really love the look of the “monster”. The issue took a while to get there, but those last 4 pages really nailed this one in my mind. I can not wait to see what is next. Dying Breath 3.5 out of 5.0

Denise Dutton: Two words: Scott Snyder. The Wake feels like 20,000 Leagues Under WTF. But Snyder has built a ton of cliffhangers worth following. Dr. Archer, a woman who happens to be an expert on whale sounds but got booted from NOAA anyway, is tapped to assist on an expedition that’s super top-secret. And when she starts to figure out why, it really starts to get freaky, with cavemen, undersea laboratories and what looks like The Creature From The Black Lagoon. The jury isn’t in on my subscribing to this, but so far I definitely want to continue the ride.

 

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June 19th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Horror Comic Roundup – 5/28/13

by Decapitated Dan

Horror Comic Roundup Image drawn by Travis Wayne Pursell, colors by Decapitated Dan

Welcome to the Horror Comic Roundup! Join Decapitated Dan,  Billy Dunleavy and friends each week as they review new and old Horror Comics that you will either be dying to read or terrified to check out!

Crossed Badlands #28 (Avatar Press)
Decapitated Dan:
Since it’s original run, I’ve always had a soft spot for Crossed when Garth writes it, so there was no way I was going to miss out on this 4 issue arc. The way this all came together and play out, was fantastic. Yes it’s Crossed so you can expect visuals that are seriously not going to appeal to everyone, but being able to see past that and enjoy a well crafted story is worth it. It’s tough to say this isn’t a respectful love story with how it ended, but it seriously bordered on some good bromance, and that is why it was such a great arc. I loved it all, and this issue brought it all together. Good art, great story, fantastic issue. Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0
 

The Deep Sea (Dark Horse)
Billy Dunleavy:
Lots of good names attached to this book (Jimmy Palmiotti, Tony Akins, etc.) so it seems as if it would be a “can’t miss”. Well, it was a pretty good story, and although there are a lot of loose ends, hopefully we’ll get more someday. Being a one shot might turn people off if there’s no more in sight. It didn’t really have an ending. The artwork was good, especially the scene where the beast began ripping the crew to shreds! The book felt like a Peter Benchley book mixed with the movie Aliens. Overall decent but if it won’t be continued, not a must buy either.  Rating 3/5
 

Dia de Los Muertos #3 (Image)
Decapitated Dan: I have loved every issue of this mini anthology series so far, but #3 has to be my favorite. First thing I need to say is, Riley you are a F☠☠☠ing Machine! The artwork in this issue shines on the very first story by Rossmo and Grecian. There are no words, but holy hell that story was awesome, and the most “horror” of the bunch. The second story by Wiebe is sad and very heartfelt, it will pull at your black heart strings. Then when you come to the final story by Keatinge, you see how far outside the box someone can think. It was such an off the wall fun adventure, and yet played right into the same theme, yet Riley’s art was so different. This issue, and this series was such a fun take on a central theme. While it wasn’t always horror, it was ALWAYS a perfect read! Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #3 (Image)
Billy Dunleavy:
This series has been totally awesome (in my best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice)! It moves rather quickly but it has to for a mini-series. There’s nothing preventing you from absorbing it all though, as the lead character displays his five different powers that he has at his disposal. Last issue though, his vampiric powers spun out of control, and he was knocked out by a mysterious ally that seems to have some common interests (or enemies) with Fabian. There’s also an even vaguer villain that wants to kill Gray, and has some extraordinary abilities himself. Along with a network of spies and cohorts to do his bidding! This book has an Immortal Iron Fist vibe to it, and anyone that has read that series (Brubaker & Fraction) can attest to its fantastic ability to showcase a new world that was never before seen. Writer Frank J. Barbiere and artist Chris Mooneyham are knocking it out of the park with this mystical noir book!  Rating 4.5/5

Ghostbusters #4 (IDW)
Decapitated Dan: Okay wait… there are new Ghostbusters? Nice! While I didn’t read #1-3 of this series, I honestly felt that #4 was safe. There is a recap explaining what was up, minus the new team members, and everything else just played out so it made sense. I love the banter between the original 4, but having new members be involved, who pretty much have another dynamic on how to run things makes this more entertaining. I love the 2 GB movies, but I was more of a cartoon fan, and Schoening’s style really hits that same vibe for me. This issue was fun, and it had a really creepy moment with the possessed crazy guy, and overall it was just a great read. I can tell you this, I don’t plan on missing another new issue any time soon. Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

GFT Werewolves: The Hunger #1 of 3 (Zenescope)
Billy Dunleavy: Mark Miller has done this genre before, and that was a pretty good effort (Luna: Order of the Werewolf), but this one seemed slightly better due to its cinematic style. It was a bit like a movie most have probably seen, but it still had some great moments of horror that everybody loves to see. A specific scene with some young adults around a campfire that get slashed apart by the werewolf was outstanding! A solid story with artwork to match, and hopefully more of this to come in later issues.  Rating 3.5/5

The Last Zombie: Before the After #5 (Antarctic Press)
Decapitated Dan:
Holy ☠☠☠☠! This series just keeps getting better and better with every issue and man, this issue delivered on every level. Keene is giving me one hell of a story, and while the recap covers so much of what came before, you need to go back and read it all. The internal drama of the group is about to come to big turning point, and then BAM, another twist! I was actually sad to see that Perry was not the artist to finish off this arc, but having Hutchison finish it was perfect. Also let me add in some brownie points for mentioning my home town of Joliet! Words can barely do this story justice, and for those who have been onboard for the whole ride so far you know it will only get better from here. Perfect on all fronts! Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0

Revival #10 (Image)
Billy Dunleavy:
Alright, this series was good for the first five issues or so, but I lost interest nonetheless. Picking up issue ten left me slightly in the dark about some of the characters and the situation with the aliens (or whatever they are). The moments with the sisters are still very good, but the scenes with the redneck townspeople are very cliché, and if that’s what has been the status quo since I last read this, then that can’t be good. The artwork by Mike Norton is absolutely fabulous, and carries the issue, no doubt about that. Seeley really should have just made this a mini-series that wrapped up after eight issues or so, because it seems kind of stale now.  Rating 2.5/5 

The Sixth Gun #31 (Oni Press)
Decapitated Dan:
Well I gotta be honest, I am way behind on my Sixth Gun reading, but I don’t want to let another issue get past my eyes. So entering into this issue, I’m about 10 issues behind, but that didn’t really matter too much. The recap page does an amazing job of at least catching me up on what is going on in this awesome issue. As usual this creative team does not miss a beat. Bunn is still crafting an amazing story and the visuals by Hurtt just leave me wanting to see more and more. Yeah I missed some story, but having an issue like this be so interesting and entertains, it just makes me have to go back and get caught up! Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

Über #1 (Avatar)
Decapitated Dan:
I’m not going to lie, I was sold on this book from just reading the solicit, and I had no idea  how it was going to play out. Is it horror in general terms, no, but it is a really cool concept that can easily put the fear into you of what possibly could have been. I also like the idea of the American Forces not being involved yet, just German and British. Gillen’s writing, and short story after the comic, gives American readers another perspective of how the was itself was perceived. I love that about how this issue played out. The artwork by White is solid throughout, and really shines with the help of Digikore Studios, especially in the big 2 page spread of carnage and chaos. This issue was a great start, and I can not wait to read more! Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Wulf and Batsy: Scarifying Tales #1 (Asylum Press/Crypt Logic)
Decapitated Dan: You know how good it feels to have two of your best friends come into town and party it up for a night? That’s what it’s like for me when I get to read new Wulf and Batsy stories. Bryan Baugh delivers once again with these two misunderstood monsters in three short stories. The first short story has to be my favorite of the bunch. It really captured the spirit of W&B, with a great mix of gorey goodness. The second short has the perfect werewolf transformation take place, and it even has a message of not judging a book by its cover. The final short is by far the funniest of the bunch. Baugh’s art and stories are just a solid constant in these hit and miss comic times. His work should be read by all, and your doing yourself a big disservice by not checking it out. Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0

 

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June 4th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Horror Comic Roundup – 5/21/13

by Decapitated Dan

Horror Comic Roundup Image drawn by Travis Wayne Pursell, colors by Decapitated Dan

 

Welcome to the Horror Comic Roundup! Join Decapitated Dan,  Billy Dunleavy and friends each week as they review new and old Horror Comics that you will either be dying to read or terrified to check out!

 

B.P.R.D. #107 (Dark Horse)

Billy Dunleavy:  If you haven’t been reading BPRD since forever, not only are you missing out on great stories, but you’re also missing out on all sorts of monstrosities killing, attacking, eating everything in their path, Godzilla type action. This issue was no different. It brought everything that’s good about a horror comic. Action, blood, story, intrigue, and a cast of characters that are strong, although unnamed except for Johann (and maybe one other agent), are the reasons to get out and grab this title (and the trades from years past)!  Rating 5/5

 

Decapitated Dan: I’ve never been a big fan of the Hellboy’verse because I was so late to the party, and everything was always done in mini’s (which turned out to just be arcs). Anyways that is all nonsense now because this issue was awesome. While the only cast I really know are those I recognize from the movies, it didn’t seem to really matter with this issue. Brilliant visuals by Campbell make this one eye pleasing issue, but it really is driven by the story. Safe enough to jump in on, trust me I know, and more then enough to have you hooked. It really reminded me of The Fog (the newer version) because of it’s depressing, see nothing good coming tone. Overall great issue and who knows, this might be what it takes to finally get me on the B.P.R.D. train… CHOO CHOO!!!!!! – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

 

Constantine #3 (DC)

Decapitated Dan: This sucks, not the book, but the overall situation. I bet you I would really be enjoying this book if it starred someone other character or maybe even a new character. The writing is good, the art is agh-mazing, but it’s John Constantine, the man, the myth, the mother f*=\ing leader of DC Horror, and this just doesn’t feel right. ::Decap steps aside:: Okay let’s try really hard to look at this through new eyes. What this issue and series have done so far is make Constantine accessible, however it’s so heavy on DC magic, that it can be daunting. It’s even harder to write a review when you know in your cold dead heart how the character should be. Look it’s not horrible, but it’s not for me. I love Hellblazer, and I just can’t get past that bias on this one. I see what’s great about this book, but imagine your best friend for 30 years was taken away, and you were given his clone… wait, is this what Spider-man fans felt when Ben Reily was around? – Dying Breath 3.0 out of 5.0

 

Denise Dutton: John is back in London, and it’s a blast watching how he reacts to re-entry.  But he’s got stuff to find and scores to settle, and he does it in his usual indomitable way.  I worried that the “New 52” rebranding would take the edge off of this character, but so far it looks like I needn’t have worried.  This is fast becoming my favorite new series.  Just do me a favor, DC; jettison the silly “Channel 52” segments that have been tacked onto each issue.  They’re out of place with this particular series, especially since many horror fans don’t follow superheroes.

 

Doomsday.1 #1 (IDW)

Billy Dunleavy: OK, when something is solicited with John Byrne writing and on art, you might as well check it out. This book was pretty good even though a very slow read. A bunch of astronauts are at a space station, and a solar flare destroys most of the life on Earth while they’re there. They touch ground after a rocky landing, and well, that’s about it. Solid artwork, but a very slow burn on this one. There was some interesting dialogue between a priest (or the Pope?) and some other clerics, and maybe that will pan out and get the story going in a more exciting direction next issue.  Rating 2/5

 

The Dream Merchant #1 (Image)

Billy Dunleavy: The creative team on this book (writer Nathan Edmondson, artist Konstantin Novosadov) is unfamiliar to me, but they definitely know how to craft a good mystery story. In this issue, we see a young man who has problems with his sleeping habits. So much so that he gets committed to a mental institution. While there, a doctor hypnotizes him and instead of his usual recurring dream, it changes. He’s approached by a robed figure this time, and the story just gets crazier after that. Good use of dreams and there mysterious nature in this book.  Rating 3.5/5

 

The Eighth Seal #2 (Thrillbent/Comixology)  

Billy Dunleavy: The second installment of this digital series (the first was incredible) brought us even more of the First Lady’s insane mind that seems to be overworked…or is it? A scene in a bathroom that showed her looking into a mirror and seeing a demonic type creature instead of her reflection was quite disturbing. She seems to be losing control of her mind, but that might be the least of her worries. Her husband, the President of the United States, is unaware that she’s having these issues, but it looks like he’ll be made aware, very soon.  Rating 4/5

 

The Fall of the House of Usher #1 (Dark Horse)

Billy Dunleavy: Big Poe fan, not a big Corben fan (artwork). This story and adaptation however is great! Corben actually combined this Poe story with another (certain aspects of “The Oval Portrait” were used here) and what an eccentric creation it is. You get a morbid man, a creepy looking house, and a girl scared to death of her circumstances. Oh, and a very ominous looking butler as well! Throw all of this together, plus coffins with corpses, and a death in the last pages, and you get a solid book!  Rating 3/5

 

Decapitated Dan: I’ve always been a big Corben fan, but also never a big Poe fan, so before reading this I didn’t know how I was going to feel at the end. As expected the visuals are just to die for. Corben is in that elite class or creators and it shows here, it’s no wonder he is a Ghastly Award Winner. The story, which I vaguely recall from high school, is actually a lot of horror fun. There is this really creepy tone to it, and the visuals certainly lend a hand in that. Overall what I walk away with is that this was an awesome issue. Will it make me go read more Poe, no, but it will make me read all the Poe stories that Corben wants to adapt. – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

 

Fearless Dawn: The Secret of the Swamp (Asylum Press)

Decapitated Dan: Oooohhh Baby I love me some Fearless Dawn! Is it sad that I just realized how much Mannion’s style reminds me of Powell’s ‘the Goon’? By that I mean that the art is kinda similar, and it has this great classic throwback feel to the story telling. So with this single issue, the reader is treated to a great 12 page story, and then some fang-tactic back up material. I love Mannion’s artwork & humor and how it translates to comic pages. Even though the main story was short, the short stories were amazing. This book was a serious steal for the price, and if u missed it, you really missed out. Just do yourself a favor and go buy this book now, agh-mazing all around… LOVE IT!!! – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

 

Fubar: FCBD (Fubar Press)

Decapitated Dan: The greatest thing about the Fubar series is that it doesn’t just focus on zombies and one specific war. This issue does a fantastic job of spreading the undead love over various conflicts, and best of all it was free for everyone to pick up! The artwork on all of the stories was solid as hell, with ‘Jack of Spades’ leading the way. Like I already mentioned the stories cover 5 different wars, and the biggest shocker was the Cold War story ‘The Buzzard’. Topping my favorite on the story list though was ‘Valley Forge’. Overall this was a steal for a free comic, and it was packed full of great stories. If you missed it, find a copy, because anything with the Fubar title should be sitting in your collection. – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

 

Grave Tales #7 (Cemetery Dance Productions)

Decapitated Dan: I’m shocked dear readers, shocked to have issue #7 in my bloody hands to read, because I was afraid this book had been sent to the comic book afterlife. This issue does not skip a beat from where there Agh-mazing anthology had left off. The first story by Joe Hill was fantastic (it is based on a story by Peter Crowther). It had the perfect amount of setup and delivered so perfectly at the end. However Hill was not the big star of this short story, it was artist Jake Allen who stole the show. Plain and simple his artwork was GORE-Geous, and I plead that if you have not seen his work before you seek some out. The second story was a terrific Werewolf tale by Ed Gorman and William Renfro. ‘The Jungle’ had so much story to deliver, that it felt like I was reading a 36 page book. With the ending this team delivered I can only hope that there is more to come. This anthology is a real treat to comic fans. In a way it feels more like it belongs next to anthology titles like Gore Shriek and Twisted Tales because of how well done it is. Do yourself a big favor and find a copy of this book today! – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

 

Grimm Fairy Tales: Unleashed #1 (Zenescope)

Denise Dutton: Sela and Liesel Van Helsing don the usual bimbo suits to fight a whole mess of baddies that have escaped from the banishment back in #0.  Gorgeous art and colors take some of the sting out of seeing so many unnecessary upskirt shots.  Bonus points for a Stephen King reference and a surprise battle pal, but it doesn’t save a wobbly, bloated start to this miniseries.  With Unleashed a jumping-off point for a blow-out expansion of the Grimm universe, here’s hoping #2 has less talky-talk about Old Magic and more monsters.

 

 Helheim #3 (Oni Press) 

Decapitated Dan: Okay now we are getting somewhere. All of that stuff that was really missing from the first 2 issues, shows up here in #3, and it makes everything that has come before so much better. As a matter of fact, after reading this issue, I went back and reread #1 and #2, and the experience was top notch. I really love this concept, and love how it is coming to life. Basically you have 2 witches fighting it out and not caring what gets in their way. In terms of the artwork, there are some GORE-Geous battle scenes here that were pulling at my horror filled heart. While this does seem to be more on the Adventure Horror side, it’s still has some great monster moments. All I know is that from here on out this book is going to be at the top of my reading pile, great stuff! – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0 

 

Insane Tales from the Dead #1 (Caustic Comics)

Decapitated Dan: Welcome to the dark underground not often seen side of Horror Comics. This a an amazing collection of Terrifying and Macabre tales that will easily leave the reader with nightmares for years to come. The creative teams behind these stories deserve some applause because they take the typical presentation of a horror comic and throw it through a blender, while still making it highly enjoyable. I think out of this entire collection I enjoyed the story ‘Fly Trap’ the best. I thought that Randazzo delivered his best art on story telling on this story. The art of Todarello and Schumacher were great too, and as a whole this book shows what can be accomplished visually when everyone is on the same page. So what you have here is a mix of gore and terror that is sure to leave you wanting more. The Underground Horror Comic scene is still alive and kicking, and this book is proof of that. So do you have the guts to dive in? – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

 

Night of the Living Dead: Aftermath #8 (Avatar)

Decapitated Dan: Now this is what I really, really, really like about zombie books, STORY! Hine is crafting something here that is a ton of fun to read, and it makes me really think about what I would do in this particular situation. Of course we have to wonder how out protagonists are going to get out of this mess, but that just adds to the great suspense Hine is building here. The book is also full of some GORE-Geous visuals by Chaparro, emphasis as always on the Gore part of that. I really liked the scenes where things were being tested out. Overall I really like this series, and any zombie lover should be checking it out too, great stuff! – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

 

 

Unstitched: Abstract Visions in Bloodstains (Purple Pudding Comics)

Decapitated Dan: I’m sorry to everyone who has not seen the work of Lee Davis before, because it is GORE-Geous. The artwork has a serious life of its own, and can stand out from anything horror you have ever seen. Look at that cover, look at that monster on the second to last page, ugh! The only things that will even come close are Vasquez and Dirge work from old school Slave Labor comics. Now all that aside we have to take a look at Davis’ writing, and I will admit it is a little rough, but it’s still solid overall. While I do think he could use another demon on his shoulder in terms of how it reads, it’s still really good and beyond creepy. No other way to sum it all up then, Davis’ work is something you should look for and read on a regular basis. I personally have felt life complete since I have seen his work, and I only think it will grow from here. – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

 

The Walking Dead #110 (Image)

Denise Dutton: Yeah, I almost gave up on TWD at issue #100 too.  It broke my ragged little heart.  But I trusted that Kirkman had a vision for what was next, and so far the Negan storyline is feeling like The Governor Part Deux.  But I’m liking new character Ezekiel, and hello…TIGER!  Plus, it looks like Michonne may have a new reason to live?  A zombie-free issue, which is a bummer; all the strange machinations here3 seem forced, as if to draw out what will be coming because the writers themselves have no idea.  But hey, lookit the tiger!  Let’s hope #111 gets the crew back on track.

 

Westwood Witches #1 (Amigo Comics)

Decapitated Dan: So before I started reading this I said to myself, “witches huh?” After reading this I am now saying, “witches, hell yeah!” I really had no idea of what to expect from this story, other then I’m not super into witch stories, this issue made me rethink that. The story starts off kinda blah, but then you find out why, because the main character is writing a book, and even he makes fun of it. From there the story really takes off. I found myself being sucked into this world and I did not want to leave. The artwork is good, it has a great mood for the story , and that big ass demon is so great looking. Overall I loved this book, and with that ending, it’s setting up a big mystery to be unraveled. I am highly recommending this issue and I can only hope the rest of the story plays out this well. – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

 

 

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June 3rd, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews, Graphic Novels & Comics |

Horror Comic Roundup – 5/14/13

by Decapitated Dan

 

Welcome to the Horror Comic Roundup! Join Decapitated Dan,  Billy Dunleavy and friends each week as they review new and old Horror Comics that you will either be dying to read or terrified to check out!

Bodie Troll #1 (Red 5 Comics) 
Decapitated Dan: I’ll say this once on this review and that’s it, Jay Fosgitt knows how to make comics! This book was beyond awesome, and while I don’t know if it’s 100% horror, it’s 100% humor, and I love my comedy comics. The start of the issue really leads the way to all the great jokes to come, I mean come on you cute little Boddie, scare a damn goat! This book will show you something special, and that is the amazing talent of Fosgitt (oops I lied, Jay rocks all over everything). No way around this one, buy it, and buy it now, because this is an amazing comic, created by one talented man. Best part that I left out until now, it’s for all ages! Read this comic!!!! – Dying Breath 5.0 out of 5.0

Chin Music #1 (Image) 
Decapitated Dan: I think I get what happened here, but what the hell happened here? The opening scene, which I am guessing took place in Chicago, played out great, thanks to the great visuals of Tony Harris. It was interesting, even though there was no dialogue.  However from there it just got way off track. Jump to Egypt, where I I am guessing a demon fight takes place. We learn how the Sphinx loses its nose, and then see the “good” demon have his flesh ripped from his bones. GORE-Geous art on that skinless character. So enter office Elliot Ness, who gets touched by the demon, flash forward back to Chicago and…. It ends with a literal bang. The best part was the opening scene to the final page, read it to find out why. This issue though had too many things going on with nothing to help bring anything together. It just screams what for the trade, I’m kinda letdown by what was presented in this first issue. – Dying Breath 2.0 out of 5.0

Crawling Sky #3 (Antarctic Press)
Decapitated Dan: Oh, oh yeah, there it is, woo hoo!!!! Thank you Mr. Denham for the visual horror-gasm on page 2 of this issue!!! This book is a must read! I love every single second of it. The Lansdale’s are delivering one fantastic story, that I will say always seems short, but that is because I want it to keep going. I never want an issue to end. Once I get past the awesome story telling thou, I get to how agh-mazing the visuals are by Denham. This book is beautiful from start to finish. I know, it’s just gush, gush, gush from me, but man this was an awesome issue, and it’s just proving why all horror books from Antarctic should be read. This company knows amazing horror, and this book proves why. I LOVE IT!! – Dying Breath 4.5 out of 5.0

Creepy #12 (Dark Horse)
Decapitated Dan: Uncle Creepy is back once again with 8 Short stories to terrify all of you helpless readers. While I thought that the first story in the issue felt a little too much like the opening story in the movie Creepshow, I did enjoy it. My favorite of the stories had to be Fishing by Ron Marz and Richard P. Clark. I thought it had the best pacing and artwork of the bunch. Overall I still highly enjoy this anthology series, but I would honestly love to see it remove the one reprint story and add in an all new original tale. Good stuff yet again from this Ghastly Award winning title. – Dying Breath 3.5 out of 5.0

Billy Dunleavy: OK, so, I’ve read Creepy (and Eerie) before, and was impressed but not enough to keep reading every time it dropped. Well, I’m glad to say that this issue more than likely hooked me in for the long haul. You get five great stories in this issue, and believe me when I say that they were all solid! A great one right out of the gate by horror stalwart Richard Corben, then a fish tale by Ron Marz (Witchblade, Ravine) & Richard P. Clark. A Hollywood gone wrong story written and illustrated by Matthew Allison is followed by a timeless tale of spirit swapping by legends Archie Goodwin and Steve Ditko! The book is wrapped up by a military narrative involving a pack of savage wolves by John Arcudi (BPRD) and artist Julián Totino Tedesco. – Rating 4.0 out of 5.0


Dark Shadows #16 (Dynamite) 

Billy Dunleavy: If you haven’t been reading this title, shame on you, because Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend) has really brought his “A” game after taking over the writing duties nearly a year ago. He’s crafted a story that has Barnabas Collins as the centerpiece, but also a plethora of supporting characters to bring it to greater heights. In this issue, Barnabas has been possessed by a powerful demon, and it’s up to his family and one of his oldest enemies to exorcise the demon, or die trying! Also, in the future, the Collins family is being wiped out by…Barnabas?  Rating 4.0 out of 5.0

Demon Knights #20 (DC) 
Billy Dunleavy: After only reading a couple of issues early on in this run, I decided to read the latest issue of this series. Early on, Paul Cornell (Captain Britain & the MI13), was doing the writing, and did a fine job at that. Now, Robert Venditti is writing, and he has a list of decent credits too. Not quite as accomplished in comics as Cornell, but good nonetheless. This issue was a mystery to me because it didn’t recap the previous one, but the “300” feel to this issue, and a Cthulu-esque mythological beast made up for that! Artist Chad Hardin did a fantastic job especially with Etrigan and that aforementioned beast. The book did actually begin with a flashback/dream sequence to one of the characters being bitten by a vampire, and that was pretty cool too. – Rating 3.0 out of 5.0

Ferals #14 (Avatar)
Decapitated Dan: Okay, I’ll be honest, I haven’t read past issue #6 in this series, and I feel like a fool. This issue was really good, and honestly, kind of a safe place to jump on. While I did miss out on a few things, I was able to pick some things up from what took place here. This is more of a wordy issue, so there is a good deal of build. Something big is about to go down, so I only have 1 month to try and get caught up. Great issue, that has my interest piqued to the point where I need to go back and read what I missed. Hopefully I will learn that sleeping on this one was a big mistake. – Dying Breath 3.5 out of 5.0

Helheim #2 (Oni Press)
Decapitated Dan: While I didn’t love issue #1, I thought it jumped over too much story, I still loved the concept of what was going on in this issue. So that being said, I knew I was going to check out #2, plus I love Bunn’s writing and the artwork by Jones is fang-tastic. The story in this issue was more straight forward, the plot didn’t jump around, I was easily able to follow everything. I still think that there is soooo much more to be explained in coming issues, and I am now really looking forward to that. The big praise for this issue though goes to Joelle Jones and Nick Filardi, because this book is GORE-Geous! The fight scenes just jumped off the pages, it’s an absolute beauty to look at. I really think it just comes down to more of the story being told before I can say this one is a don’t miss, but it’s not there just yet. – Dying Breath 3.5 out of 5.0

Night of the 80’s Undead #1 (Action Lab / Danger Zone)
Decapitated Dan:
This is issue does a great job of making me think 80’s, but probably for a different reason then you would expect. I think that the story tries to hard to impress, instead of standing out for what it has working for it. There are TONS of great 80’s references here, but it felt like overkill about halfway through. Let the reader see the what you are visually representing without having to point everything out. The story though is a great fun take on the zombie genre, and I loved how the people become zombies. It is a very clever twist. The artwork is great throughout the issue, and Bill McKay really delivers on the horror scenes. Overall I liked this issue, but I really think it was trying to hard on some levels. If you love the 80’s and you love zombies, then this should be a no brainier to add this to your collection. – Dying Breath 3.0 out of 5.0

Night of the Living Dead: Aftermath #7 (Avatar)
Decapitated Dan:
Now this was a great issue! A fantastic recap of how one of the survivors got to be with the group, that will not let you down on the gore. I loved seeing that damn Rico in pieces in the bathtub. It almost reads like a one-shot issue, until you get to the fantastic scene of some doctors experimenting to find a cure. That poor bastard never saw it coming. This series has been great so far. While I’m not huge on the artwork as a while, I think that Chaparro really delivers on the horror scenes. Hine is by far one of my favorite horror writers, and he is doing an amazing job on this series so far. Great stuff! – Dying Breath 4.0 out of 5.0

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