Story: Dave Franchini, David Wohl, Pat Shand Writer: Pat Shand Art: Hakan Aydin Color: Grostieta Letterer: Taylor Esposito Editor: David Wohl Cover A: Jeff Spokes Cover B: Igor Vitorino / Adriano Augusto Cover C: Michael DiPascale / Sanju Nivangune Cover D: Nei Ruffino
When Dr. Julie Jekyll is targeted by a mysterious and deadly creature, Van Helsing must rush to her aid and fight for her friend’s survival while trying to discover the identity of this new enemy. But when this being seems to know her deepest, darkest secrets and greatest weaknesses, even the renowned Liesel Van Helsing may not have the power to defeat it.
Writer: Dave Franchini Art: Julius Abrea, Igor Vitorino, Guillermo Fajardo & Allan Otero Color: Grostieta, Jorge Cortes & Adriano Augusto Letterer: Kurt Hathaway Editor: Dave Franchini Cover A: Igor Vitorino, Ula Mos Cover B: Guillermo Fajardo, Ceci de la Cruz Cover C: Ivan Tao
Rory Norris is a talented graphic artist–with a creative vision unlike any other – but when tragedy strikes, she is forced into a world of utter darkness. Broken and with the feeling, for the first time, of truly being alone, she will send herself on a path she never knew existed. The horrors that lie ahead of her are far from any she could have imagined, and the secrets she will uncover, hiding in our world, will change everything!
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good story about monsters. Whether we’re talking Kaiju, werewolves, or a mad scientist’s creation, monsters are fun to watch. What I enjoy most about these types of stories are the characters who hunt down and fight those monsters. So Belle: Ghosts and Goblins was right up my alley. In this new one-shot from Zenescope, Belle continues her family’s monster hunting legacy. Strange creatures are kidnapping people off the streets of Philadelphia. Belle must track the creatures through the city’s alleyways in order to rescue the abductees and figure out their intentions.
Writer Dave Franchini tells a tight story in Ghosts and Goblins. No space is wasted and the storyline fits perfectly into this one-shot’s thirty-four pages. The story is book-ended by two exciting action sequences with solid character development in between. It is a clever touch on Franchini’s part to keep the creatures mysterious by waiting to fully show them to the reader. We’re shown their shadows, but it’s not until toward the end of the issue that the reader actually sees what Belle is up against. This added mystery to the plot and made for an exciting reveal.
I really liked the book’s artwork and artist Igor Vitorino draws Belle in such a way that both her strength and femininity are apparent at first glance. I love Belle’s costume. It’s reminiscent of a superhero costume, but has a realistic look. One thing I didn’t care for was that every page looked a little blurry, almost as if it was out of focus. I don’t know if this is true solely for the digital review copy I received or every issue of this one-shot, but the blurriness was a real disappointment. It made the dialogue harder to read and took away from Vitorino’s finely detailed line work.
Belle: Ghosts and Goblins is a very fun read. There’s a lot of action and the whole thing centers on a strong and independent female protagonist. This one-shot is a great introduction to Belle for those who’ve never read any comics featuring her character. On the other side of the coin, this issue is an awesome next chapter for those who have been following Belle’s adventures for some time.
Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, and Dave Franchini Art: Igor Vitorino Colors: Adriano Augusto Letters: Kurt Kathaway Story: 10 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy
Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Fwoosh! What sound effect does a boomerang make? Find out this August when Dynamite releases The Death-Defying ‘Devil #1 by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani!
The Master of Courage returns!
The nearly 80-year-old legendary superhero returns in a miniseries from Eisner-nominated writer Gail Simone and her longtime artistic collaborator Walter Geovani. Colorist Adriano Augusto and prolific letterer Simon Bowland round out the cast.
In this yarn inspired by Rod Serling, Bronze Age horror/mystery anthologies, and modern street-level heroics, the ‘Devil finds himself beaten and bloodied in the backyard of a ramshackle apartment building. The diverse cast of tenants take him in and across each issue they are explored in-depth. Each has their own unique problems, while a strange force also menaces the building as a whole. The ‘Devil makes it his mission to solve all of these puzzles, even when he learns that one of his new neighbors is a traitor.
A whole legion of painterly artists are contributing covers to this blockbuster series. Riccardo Federici leads the pack, Tyler Kirkham has some fun with a spray effect, Ben Oliver turns in a playing card-inspired cover featuring the villain Deadly Dreaded Dragon, while fan-favorites Lucio Parillo and In-Hyuk Lee strike iconic heroic poses. As a throwback for Project Superpowers fans, a special incentive “Carve Out” cover features Alex Ross‘ history-making depiction.
*****THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS OF PREVIOUS ISSUES*****
On the last episode of Voltron: From The Ashes; new Voltron Pilots Jayce, Vega, Kirin, Niki and Rei were all in a vicious fight with a couple of Haggars Robeasts, on the beautiful Planet Arus. Together Piloting the Lions and Voltron for the first time they came together as a team to end up Victorious and save the people of the Planet. The Monks of Arus, who trained the Pilots have a little celebration for them to honor their achievement of defending the Planet from complete destruction. Meanwhile, there is a huge commotion among Gr’Rawr’s Army and Haggards call upon them to check out her latest Robeast creation made out of their fearless leader! And now for the exciting conclusion.
Two aged men are on a journey in what looks like our version of the Grand Canyon, they are both wearing cloaks and they are talking about their burdens and how the journey is much longer than they remember. The book now cuts to the new Pilots relaxing on a nice sunny day enjoying the sunshine when all heck breaks loose. Things are not going so well for them as the struggle to get to the Lions. Haggars new Robeast she made out of Gr’Rawr is attacking the planet. Haggar is now watching all the happenings unfold and is overhearing some griping for one of Gr’Rawr’s higher ups to another soldier, but she is in a good mood and decides to let it slide. Finally, the team gets Voltron formed and is fighting off Gr’Rwar as well as all the enemy ships. Eventually the team forms blazing word and defeats the Robeasts as well as the mother ship that contains Haggar the beast. Will this be the end of Haggar? Will Arus finally be free of attacks from enemies, will Voltron finally be able to be retired? You’ll just have to buy it and find out how it all ends!
This was another good writing job from Cullen Bunn, especially since this is the last chapter of this comic book series. Would I have liked a couple of more books to really do this series justice? Yes. But with that said I was overall pleased with how it ended. There was a lot more action shots in this issue as been the theme basically with the previous five issues but I wish there was a little more dialect with this series.
The art again was spot on by Blacky Shepherd, but colorist Adriano Augusto did a great job in making everything pop and visually spectacular and keeping Voltron true to the way he looked from a color stand point. Just an overall awesome job by the two of the to capture what Voltron has always been about from a artistic stand point.
Overall, this series was very satisfying from this Voltron fan’s standpoint, I am really hoping at some point that Dynamite Entertainment will put out another Voltron series that maybe goes more in depth with their characters and story lines. Go out and get your copy of Voltron: From the Ashes #6 today, you won’t regret it!