December 4th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Deadworld: War of the Dead TPB – Advance Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Deadworld: War of the Dead TPB
Gary Reed
Artist:Sami Makkonen
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date:
November 2012
Order Code: SEP12 0375

“The undead have overrun the Earth! A small outpost, remnants of a twisted scientist’s scheme to defeat the plague, holds out against the army of King Zombie with their secret weapon, the Lepers – victims of a bizarre experiment that left them with dead flesh in breathing husks that even zombies won’t touch. “

Dying Breath: 5.0 out of 5
Holy $*!+! That about sums up what just happened at the end of this GORE-Geous and ARGH-Mazing book. Collecting the mini series, that was showcased during Deadworld Month in August from IDW, this book captures the same spirit as what came before, and leads readers into the future of this Dead’verse. The artwork by Makkonen is beautiful. I said it when I read Slaughterhouse, and I will say it again, Sami’s style is so perfect for this series. His character designs have a very creepy edge to them, placed into his dark backgrounds and my eyes just melt with joy. The issues that arose with Slaughterhouse, black and white art that at times was too dark, have been corrected by adding in color. I have to admit that when this was first announced I was not super excited about it, the series has always been black and white, but when I read the first issue my opinion changed. The colors add a dimension to this book that ups the feeling of how dark and depressing this world really is. The story in this “chapter” takes place 1 year after the events of Slaughterhouse. I personally do not think that you need to read the previous stories to grasp what is going on here, but I suggest that you do because it is amazing (pick up the omnibus). I think the best way to sum up what happens in this book, is to really categorize it as a solid story, that is a great base to lead into what is to come. Reed is a master of detail in his writing. If you have ever read his St. Germaine books you will know this, and if not I suggest you do that as well. The way that he explains the concept of defending where the human survivors live, to the description of why it might be best for humans to live in breeding and work camps, left me floored. The pacing was perfect throughout the book, with plenty or build and some great action scenes. Then you get to the ending and it is such and amazing cliffhanger. I plan on sending 1 email to Gary a week to find out what happens next, just to get him moving on more issues ASAP. For almost 30 years Deadworld has been at the forefront of zombie and horror comics. It is a series I love more than anything, and this series took that love to a whole new level. I pray that more issues will be coming our way soon, because I need my fix as a Dead(world) Head. The perfect creative team worked on this book, and it would be a crying shame for it not to be a part of your collection. This is hopefully only just the beginning folks.

Artwork: 5.0 out of 5 • Story: 5.0 out of 5

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November 29th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Descent of the Dead #3 – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Descent of the Dead #3
Writer: Rich Perez
Artist: Francis Penavic
Inker: Rage Ledbetter
Publisher: Tango Unlimited
Release Date: August 2012
Price: $3.99

“Within the confines of the Roanoke Colony, Tango Company begins to weave together the events which took place seven hours earlier and makes a grisly discovery. The team begins to quickly realize that they are dealing with an adversary far more elusive and cunning than ever encountered.

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
What do you get when you combine Zombies, the future, the army and holy shit awesomeness? Why you get Descent of the Dead of course! My favorite thing about this issue, was that I did not have to go back and read the first two issues to recall what was going on. There is a fantastic recap on the inside cover, and I will even got out on a limb and say that this book is safe to just pick up and read. That is a huge comment to the writing of Perez, because when you self publish, there can be some big gaps in between issues. The story in this issue was a slowed down, take it all in, let it all build for what is to come. The dialogue is sharp, and some great thought and detail went into explaining what had happened in the city. Penavic has a style of artwork that I just love. It’s edge-y, and I just love that everything has this sharp look to it. His zombies are GORE-Geous too. This series is one I always say I need more of, and I am so happy that the guys are delivering such a great book. So guess what Tango team? I need more!!!!

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5Story: 4.5 out of 5

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November 25th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Flesh and Blood Book 2 – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Flesh and Blood Book 2
Writer: Robert Tinnell
Artist: Neil Vokes
Publisher: Monsterverse
Pages: 104
Price: $12.99

“Dracula. Baron Frankenstein. Abraham Van Helsing. Carmilla Karnstein. In FLESH AND BLOOD Book One, these icons of Gothic horror battled for supremacy in an edgy re-imagining of vampires, monsters and heroes as sensual as it is dark and terrifying. Now, in Book Two, Van Helsing and the cursed lycanthrope, Horst, are on the vampires’ trail, hoping to not only avenge themselves on the bloodsuckers, but also rescue Frankenstein. The notorious doctor is now a prisoner of the beautiful vampire, Erzebet, who forces him to put his unholy science to work on his most blasphemous experiment yet! From acclaimed writer and artist team Robert Tinnell and Neil Vokes (THE BLACK FOREST, THE WICKED WEST) comes volume two of their horror epic, FLESH AND BLOOD. Cover art by renowned horror illustrator Dan Brereton.”

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
Tinnell and Vokes are back, and they are upping the ante with Flesh and Blood Book 2. Have no fear Hammer Horror fans, this book will take you right where you want to be. But what about those of us who don’t know much about Hammer Horror? Does this book relate to us? Can we enjoy it as well? The simple answer to those questions is a loud and proud “HELL YES!” While I will admit that the story took an odd time leap to the future, it did not take anything away from my overall reading experience. To clarify what I mean by that, at one point the story progresses what I think might be about 25 years. What I loved about Tinnell’s writing, was the fact that he was always pushing things in my face. From the great cast to the intense moments, it was all there. I can not recall a single dull moment, it was just action, slower action, faster action and then more action. His dialogue comes across to me as very cinematic, which you would already know had you read my review of Riven. With a story hitting all cylinders you might be wondering if the artwork was able to keep pace. Luckily Neil Vokes was not going to let the readers down. His art on this book is just GORE-Geous. Teamed with the coloring of Matt Webb, my eyes melted out of their sockets page after page. Vokes did an amazing job of being able to visually capture the great pace that was set in the story by Tinnell. Overall I could not be happier with what I just read. This book appeals to certain demographics that you won’t get with all horror comics. It has a great appeal to all horror comic readers, but it also crosses the stream and works for horror movie fans out there. This series is amazing, and I can not wait for more!

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5Story: 4.5 out of 5

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November 23rd, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

86′d #1 – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: 86’d #1
Creators: Nick Perry, Bill Hook, CW Cooke, Kelsey Wroten, Jeff Johnson ,Brian Patterson, Greg Smallwood, Doug Griffin, Scott Griffin, Brian Holderman, David K. Rose aka Grfxmonkey, Glen C. Davies, Arnus, Antoine Duthoit
Publisher: 86’d Studios
Release Date: September 2012
Price: $10

“Inspired by the old Warren magazines Creepy and Eerie and mixed with a less traditional sensibility from independent comics. 86’d is the brainchild of artists Nick Perry and Bill Hook. Volume one will focus on the horror genre, it will feature stories and pin-ups from a variety of indie comic creators and poster artists. It will be magazine format with black and white interior art. It will also feature covers from 86’d Studios artists Perry and Hook.”

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
Wow! This issue was more than I could have ever asked for. When it comes to reviewing anthologies, it is hard to really give them number that represents the entire book. Sometimes I don’t like the art on a certain story, or I don’t like a certain story. 86’d said to me, “Dan, you’re gonna like me, because I am solid on all levels.” So I took the book up on this challenge, and man was that statement 100% accurate. These 2 covers alone (Perry cover shown above) left my eyeballs on the floor. Perry and Hook won the battle to get me to turn the cover, and if you see this book you will do the same. Now since this is an anthology I will say that my favorite art I enjoyed most was anything done by Perry, Hook, Smallwood and Wroten. But it was all great looking stuff. Perry’s style really reminded me of the work of Charles Burns, so it was obvious to see why I liked it so much. The stories did range from Horror to Sci-Fi, but they were all off the wall creepy and disturbing. I loved the story “Full Circle”, it was a great choice to open the book with. The “A Day in the Life” stories were short and sweet involving some Classic Monsters. The last thing I have to mention is basically just a small little treat that was thrown in at the end of the book. Since this book plays on the classical horror comics, Perry and Hook included a fake ad page, and all I can say is I am getting a Big Ass Knife. This is hands down a solid horror anthology, that will hopefully surprise a great deal of people when they read it. I for one am highly anticipating more from these guys, because this issue was GORE-Geous!

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5 • Story: 4.5 out of 5

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November 16th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Lenore: Swirlies HC – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Lenore: Swirlies HC
Writer: Roman Dirge
Artist: Roman Dirge
Letters: Roman Dirge
Colors: Roman Dirge
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: 2012
Pages: 120
Price: $17.95

“Everyone’s favorite cute little dead girl is showcased in all her morbid glory in this all-new collection of the timeless comic strip from Roman Dirge! Return once against to the dark, surreal world of Lenore, the girl with a knack for unintentional mayhem and occasional wanton destruction in this fourth volume that includes the extremely rare #13, beautifully and painstakingly illustrated by creator Roman Dirge himself.”

Dying Breath: 5.0 out of 5
They say that good things come to those who wait, so you better believe that this book is pretty damn good when it takes 5 years to come out. Collecting the rare #13 of Lenore Vol. 1 and issues #1 – #3 of Vol. 2, this book is a perfect starting point for someone who is new to Lenore. I have to start off by saying that issue #13 is possibly the funniest Lenore story I have ever read. Introducing Wicket as a character had me rolling on the floor, but when Lenore attends the birthday party I just lost it. I have said this in reviews before, but Dirge is one the same level as some of the greatest cartoonists ever when it comes to drawing facial expressions. So much humor is contained in the man’s artwork alone. The stories had me laughing so hard my head fell off. No matter how many times I go back and read them, they always make me laugh. Roman delivers on these jokes in the dialogue word balloon after word balloon. This title has inspired me to create an all new comic genre that I am calling “Horumor.” By combining some really GORE-Geous artwork with some of the best jokes in comics, it is easy to see what makes Lenore so great. This book contains two of my all time favorite Lenore tales (V1 #13 and V2 #3), and is a welcome addition to my shelves. I seriously can not praise this book any higher, and I highly suggest you take the time to check it out.

Artwork: 5.0 out of 5Story: 5.0 out of 5

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November 12th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Riven OGN – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Riven OGN
Writers: Robert Tinnell, Bo Hampton
Artist: Bo Hampton
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: 2012
Price: $17.99

“Katya has been in a coma for five years, and when she awakes, everything has changed. Now she is a gorgeous teenager with a mysterious, gruesome past, becoming aware of a growing, terrifying power inside her body, triggered by the touch of the full moon, eager to break free . . . Can Katy solve the mystery of her blood-drenched nightmares before they become reality?”

Dying Breath: 5.0 out of 5
Okay, seriously, WOW! When I read the solicit on this book, I knew to expect something good, but I didn’t know it was going to be this good. This book has the words “Turn me into a movie” written all over it. The artwork by Hampton did present a bit of a curve for me to get used to. I think that is primarily based on what I am guessing are water colors, and it is just something I am personally not used to seeing in comics today. Looking back at the pages now all I can say is that this book is GORE-Geous, and you have to be Howl-ing mad to not think that this is some of the best Werewolf art to date. The death scenes alone gave this book a solid 5 in terms of a score. The story presented here has already won awards in my mind. There were so many twists and turns, that there is no way, I would have been able to expect what would happen next. The cast just comes to life and shines on every single page. This book by Tinnell and Hampton should have the entire horror community (not just comics) talking, so please do yourself a favor, read this book and then spread the word. Now if you will excuse me I need to board a plane to Hollywood and go talk to some producers. READ THIS BOOK!

Artwork: 5.0 out of 5 • Story: 5.0 out of 5

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November 10th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

The Zombies that Ate the World: Book 2 – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: The Zombies that Ate the World: Book 2 HC
Writer: Jerry Frissen
Artist: Guy Davis
Publisher: Humanoids
Release Date: 2012
Price: $24.95

“In Los Angeles in the year 2064, the dead have risen and corpses live again, cohabiting among us…well, somewhat. As a zombie apocalypse engulfs America, we follow a group of friends on a their journey to start a little business of their own…zombie catchers!”

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
I think we should just straight up change the title of this book to “This Book is Pretty Damn Awesome, Why Do You Not Own it Yet?” Well I guess it’s not too catchy, but it really does sum up how great this book is. First of all you get the artwork of Guy Davis, and this man can draw “horror funny” (I am starting a new genre). He has such a great command on facial expressions, and being so good at them only makes this overall story that much better. I died laughing at the cheek shaving scene, and no I won’t tell you what that means, so just go read this book. When it comes to the stories, Frissen brought his A game. There is the perfect balance of emotions, horror and of course humor. Let me again refer to the fact that someone had to come up with the idea of cheek shaving. The way that Jerry writes the dialogue for Freddy is enough to tie my stomach up in knots. The translations are flawless, and this book is just a solid winner all around. This book is a prime example of what we are missing in American comics. Humanoids has done us all a favor and brought this to us now, so do not miss out, you will be sorry if you do.

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5Story: 4.5 out of 5

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November 2nd, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Yuck! #5 – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Yuck! #5
Creators: Various
Publisher: Milk Shadow Books
Release Date: 2011
Price: $4.00

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
Eww, gross, sick… Yuck! That’s right readers, my all time favorite Down Under-Ground Comic is back and packing a punch. This issue contains 13 different stories and pin-ups for your viewing/reading pleasure. I do think it has to be mentioned that this is a Mature title, so it contains topics like sex and death, and really everything possible that is in between. Some of my favorite creators from past issues are back in this issue and they deliver the laughs. Dexter Cockburn has a very funny story that plays on early Sci-Fi movie, and of course his artwork is amazing. David Degrand is back with some really hilarious comic strip style shorts. Frank Candiloro brings back the Millennial Monsters in what I think is their best short yet. My highlight of the issue though, was being introduced to Mady ‘Shimee’ G on the story “Black Acid”. Not only was it a fun read, it was GORE-Geous to look at. Every single page of this book has something unique and beautiful on it. I love getting new issues of Yuck! to take a look at, because it reminds me that you can have tons of fun with comics. This title delivers a home run with each and every single issue.

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5Story: 4.5 out of 5

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October 19th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Rose Black: Demon Seed – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Rose Black: Demon Seed
Writers: Ed Murphy, Tom Campbell
Artist: Joel Carpenter
Publisher: Rough Cut Comics
Price: $15.99

“Sexy bloodsucker Rose Black, fully enrolled back into the British Secret Service, comes face-to-face with a truly terrifying adversary: a genetic super-being whose powers equal her own and who, ultimately, has become the world’s first ‘Vampire’ “

Dying Breath: 4.5 out of 5
Rose Black: Demon Seed is an action packed thrill ride that combines horror and intense drama like I have not seen before. The artwork in this book is GORE-Geous. Carpenter’s cast is near perfect page after page. A big highlight to me was his representation of the vampires themselves. Giving them what I would consider more of a spider face, with very large fangs, they easily stand out in the crowded genre. I also want to throw mention to colorist Derek Dow, because his work on these pages was outstanding. While the artwork is great, the story is what really won me over here. Murphy and Campbell did a fantastic job on this book. The pacing is great, and there is no such thing as a dull moment with this book. The dialogue is sharp, and the whole package comes off so well. I definitely think that this book falls into the line of something like the new Vampirella and the Anita Blake books. Mixing military with vampires could only work if done right, and this creative team nailed it. When you see this book it doesn’t look to overwhelming, but it seriously took me 2 hours to read it. It is packed with story. This is a great read that looks beautiful, and I am proud to have siting on my shelf.

Artwork: 4.5 out of 5 • Story: 4.5 out of 5

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October 18th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

The Scarifyers #1 – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: The Scarifyers #1
Writer: Simon Barnard
Artist: Simon Gurr
Publisher: Cosmic Hobo

“Ghost story writer Professor Dunning doesn’t believe in the supernatural. So he’s more than surprised when an invisible demon appears in his living room.

The Metropolitan Police’s oldest-serving officer, Inspector Lionheart doesn’t believe in the supernatural either, wings or no wings. So he’s less than impressed when Russian émigré’s begin dying impossible deaths all over London.

Together, Lionheart and Dunning must face quarrelsome Generals, sinister clowns and Russian demons, in the first adventure for THE SCARIFYERS.”

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
I have to call Simon Barnard one of these days to tell me how to pronounce this title. I will say that no matter how you say it, I say this book was awesome. The cover art kind of scared me a little, but when I saw the interior art I did let out a little sigh of relief. What I am trying to say is that I personally would have shown some of the interior work on the cover, because it is GORE-Geous. The black and white work, with the halftone dots is so visually appealing, and the opening scene makes my eyes melt. The characters themselves have apparently been around for a while, I did not know this. This issue does a very good job of introducing me to the cast, who they are and what they do. What I really enjoyed was the amount of content in this book. While it may only be 32 pages, it felt like there were a lot more. That is how you know you are getting you money’s worth. If I had one issue with the dialogue though, it was with terminology. Being an American, I don’t always understand the meaning of something said by someone who is British. It does not take anything away from the whole though. A great horror mystery is taking place in these pages and this team delivered on making me want to come back again and again. Great first issue, and I can only see it going up and up from here.

Artwork: 4.0 out of 5 • Story: 4.0 out of 5

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October 17th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Trench Coats, Cigarettes & Shotguns #1 – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Trench Coats, Cigarettes & Shotguns #1
Writer: Chuck Brown
Artist: Philip Neudorf (A), Nat Jones (C)
Publisher: Asylum Press
Release Date: 2012
Price: $0.99 (digital)

“In a world filled with mech-wielding gangsters, demonic Mafioso and demons that run wild on earth, a mysterious hitman named Trypp only relies on three things — his trench coat, cigarettes and shotguns.”

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5
I ask myself, just based on this title alone, what is there not to like? Nothing, I like trench coats, cigarettes and shotguns, so how on Earth could this book not entertain me? The artwork by Neudorf is great, and it was all summed up at the very end in a GORE-Geous decapitation scene. Of course I am going to point that out, why wouldn’t I. What I liked most about this art style was that it all seemed to be done on wood, using paint. I really enjoyed his technique. There were some panels where I found things to be a little to jumbled, but if you stare at it, you can figure it out just fine. The story by Brown is really interesting. There seems to be an influential mix of Hellblazer, the Darkness and (insert a detective comic here) in the concept behind this book. The mix plays out very well as the issue goes on and you can consider me intrigued to be on board for more. There were some scenes though, where I thought that the pacing was a little off. Overall this was a great first issue. There was plenty of story build with some great intense action. I plan on being on board for this whole run, and you should be too. This was a great start.

Artwork: 4.0 out of 5 • Story: 4.0 out of 5

Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns will be available on Comixology, Comics Plus (Iverse), Graphicly and The digital comic will also be available as a stand alone ebook on KindleFire, Nook, Kobo, Ibookstore, and Googlebooks.


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October 16th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Decapitated Dan Reviews |

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Book 2 – Review

by Decapitated Dan

Issue: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Book 2 – The Chosen
Creator: Michael Mendheim
Michael Mendheim, Mike Kennedy, Sean Jaffee
Artist: Simon Bisley
Publisher: Heavy Metal
Release Date: August 2012
Price: $14.95

“The End is Here – Welcome to the Apocalypse! Raised by the Order of Solomon, Adam Cahill is one of a rare handful of highly trained warriors bound by bloodline to guard the Seven Holy Seals that contain the End of Days. But ageless forces have conspired toward a prophetic event foretold by numerous cultures and multiple religions, and when that cryptic date arrives, they strike against the order without mercy! Adam’s world is shattered, his family murdered, and he is sent spiraling into Hell itself. There, he must find three corrupt souls, chosen by Divinity, to join him in battle against the legendary Horsemen of the Apocalypse. These broken individuals must band together to not only save their own souls but decide the fate of Humanity.”

Dying Breath: 5.0 out of 5
The Horsemen are back, and you better be strapped in for what is about to go down. Book 2 is a balls to the wall non-stop thrill ride that is going to punch you in the face and not look back. Following the events of the first book, Helldiver, The Chosen shows the rest of the formation of the group that will save Earth from its impending doom. You would think that the visuals could not get any better than they were before, but they did. Each page is alive with such vibrant color. The art by Bisley is so GORE-Geous. His character designs are flat-out jaw dropping, and the amount of detail in each panel is stunning. There is no way in Hell (pun intended) that this book could look any better. His designs for the Horsemen alone, left a craving in this decapitated head for posters, t-shirts and so much more. The story kicks it into full gear as we round and head towards finish line. Mendheim, Kennedy and Jaffee deliver a story that is perfect on every level. The highlight of this issue to me, was the explanation of why this cast was being chosen to save the world. The amount of detail in their pasts added a level of compassion to my mind that most comics can not make happen. I love these characters, and I love how they are being presented. Of course this is the middle book of the trilogy, so it covers what it needs to and leaves you craving more. I can not express how amazing this series has been so far. I am deeply saddened that it will end with the next book, but I think that there is so much more to explore in this universe. I would say run, don’t walk to your local shop to pick this one up, but I would be lying. You need to get a transporter and just zap yourself there, because you are missing out already if you do not have this book in your hands. READ IT, you will not be sorry. This is easily going to be in my top books of 2013 list.

Artwork: 5.0 out of 5Story: 5.0 out of 5

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