September 12, 2014

A Review: DAWN/VAMPIRELLA #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of DAWN/VAMPIRELLA #1 from Dynamite Comics. The story is written and illustrated by Joseph Michael Linser, colors by Valentina Pinto, and letters by Jeff Eckleberry.

Vampirella goes after a child killer who calls himself “The Vampire of Queens,” only to find out it was a trap. She wakes up and finds herself in a room with Dawn (who was captured as well). The two are led to a great hall where they meet their “host.” His plan? To have the women battle each other for the right to bear his demon child!

I have been waiting to see this team up (especially under Lisner’s control) and for the most part was pleased. The thing that surprised me is his handling of Vampirella; it somehow didn't ring true. He wrote her as a “fight first, ask questions later (maybe)” type; not really the same character that I've read elsewhere. Otherwise, it’s a real promising start to a cool story. Lisner’s art is incredible as always; the scenery is as beautiful as the leading ladies. I’m interested in seeing where this goes.

DAWN/VAMPIRELLA #1 is in stores now, or available for ordering at www.dynamite.com.

September 11, 2014

A Review: WILD'S END #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of WILD’S END #1 from BOOM! Studios. Dan Abnett writes and I.N.J. Culbard draws and colors.

Things are getting busy in the sleepy little town of Lower Crowchurch. For starters, the town has gained a new resident, a quiet chap called Clive Slipaway. He’s retired Navy, you know. But when Fawkes shows up in town babbling about a falling star, Mr. Slipaway is the only one who believes him. And things might be getting rather busy indeed.

Lower Crowchurch is an interesting little place, and this first issue shows us quite a bit of it. The people are a little different, the time period is a little hard to place, and the falling star is a fun little problem for them to solve. The art is nicely done, but for me it’s the coloring that gives it its appeal. It really makes the town itself feel like another character.

This book is a nice change of pace from all of the big scary fights and chase scenes going on out there these days. There’s a story here, and it’s just as world-changing as the others in its own way. And that’s cool.

WILD’S END #1 is available now at your FLCS or at boom-studios.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )