Happy Friday the 13th, mah witches!
Army of Darkness vs Hack/Slash #2: (Dynamite) The first issue in this series took a look at the action from Cassie Hack’s POV. This time? It’s an Ash-eye view, and it’s a lot of fun. Ash puts his own particular spit & polish on the action, which makes for laughs coupled with Daniel Leister’s artwork. This time the duo head to prison to find an evil doppelganger; blood, deadites and Ash’s trademark quips abound. The final panel is gorgeous, and promises tons of action (and splatter) to come. This series is coming along nicely, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. (4 out of 5)
Baltimore – The Infernal Train #1: (Dark Horse) I love Lord Baltimore. He’s a guy that has a mission, and does whatever he has to do…and he just so happens to be a vampire. No flash. No sparkle. Just a guy kicking major butt. What’s not to like? The Infernal Train is a good jump-in point for those of you who haven’t had a chance to read this series. For folks already well versed? This three issue mini pits Baltimore against not his nemesis Haigus, but a man who could be very dangerous in his own right, the Priest Duvic. Duvic wants Baltimore dead; seems the priest believes the vamp has seen and done too much to be unscathed. Like anyone ain’t, buddy. This should be a Grade A showdown. Here’s to finding out how these two work it out amongst themselves…. (5 out of 5)
Dexter #3: (Marvel) Looooove the cover art in this issue! Ahh, the suburban serial killer. (Thanks for that, Michael Del Mundo!) I also love the panels here; a mix of styles that drew me in and propel the story visually. Excellent. Because the story gets really good in here, with Dexter doing a little of his special kind of “research”. Dexter’s high school bully – turned – “saint” is too good to be true, but he’s also no dummy. Two more issues in this series, and here’s hoping there’s a little of the ol’ ultra-violence soon! (4 out of 5)
Screwed #4: (Zenoscope) Hooray – I’ve heard that this series is getting a second arc! Huzzah! Okay, back to this one; Anne, who is stitched together and can’t remember much of anything about her life, still sees monsters everywhere she looks. Unfortunately, those monsters are simply brainwashing, thanks to dirty rotten no-good scientific dinking with her brain. They’re really just innocent people. Not good, as she kills any monsters she sees. More information is revealed about how and why Anne got this way, and the explanation definitely sets the stage for more arcs. This issue is a little jumpy in terms of the story, but there’s a ton that has gotta be packed in, so for the most part I’ll let it slide. With a final panel that delivers an unexpected twist, next issue should be a real jolt to the system. Get it? Okay, fine. (4.5 out of 5)
The Horror Show: (Broken Icon) One shots can be fantastic, or craptastic. This one has a deliciously nasty surprise that may not be a first, but is a lot of gory fun. I only wish there were more than 17 pages of story. Not only to flesh things out a bit more, but because it’s a damn fine comic and I want more. Love the use of only black, white and red with the coloring; it makes the action really jump out. I’m definitely expecting bigger and better things from writer James Maddox and artist Todd Beistel after this. Til then, I’ll be re-reading this later for a quick Halloween chill. (5 out of 5)