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An Early Preview of Cullen Bunn and Mirko Colak’s The Brothers Dracul #1

The legend of Vlad the Impaler is the stuff of nightmares. The inspiration for the most iconic of monsters—Dracula—Vlad tortured and murdered thousands of victims. But what turned him into such a depraved killer? The truth lies in his teenage years, when Vlad and his brother Radu were held hostage by the Ottoman Empire. During this time, the brothers learned many things—archery, riding, the art of combat, matters of court…and how to stalk and slay vampires. 

The Brothers Dracul is from writer Cullen Bunnartist Mirko Colakcolors by Maria Santaolalla, and letterer Simon Bowland. It features two covers, one by Mirko Colak with Maria Santaolalla and another by Szymon Kudranski.

Final order cut off is this Monday with the release April 11.

Review: X-Men Blue #23

626719__SX1280_QL80_TTD_With the X-Men lost in space, Emma Frost, Havok, Bastion and Miss Sinister hatch their devious plans!  Is there a worse time for their most dangerous enemies to strike?  And wouldn’t it make matters much, much worse if Polaris once again fell victim to the body-stealing Malice?

The X-Men are off in space, in what I think is a very boring story involving Venom and symbiotes. With them gone, Magneto isn’t just sitting around waiting for his charges to return. X-Men #23 has Emma Frost has teamed up with Bastion, Miss Sinister, and Havok to create some sort of technology or biological means for mutants to be granted a secondary mutation. It’s a revelation that has me wondering if I missed something in past issues.

Writer Cullen Bunn brings us a comic that really had me feeling like I missed something and just drops the reader smack into the middle of the grand villainous plan. Maybe I’m just used to some build up, or at least some hints in previous issues that something is cooking, but here we are. It just felt like a lot of information to take in, crammed into a few panels, and really should have been laid out over a few issues.

And I was very excited to see Polaris becoming more visible in this book, as she is one of my favorite characters, but it doesn’t take Bunn long to have me rolling my eyes and ends this issue with something that happens way too easily. I don’t want to say what and ruin it but any long time X-Men fans will probably feel as let down as I was by the turn of events. I just don’t appreciate how weak it makes the character look and how easily things turn.

On a positive, I enjoyed the art done by Jorge Molina with colors by Matt Milla and Jay David Ramos. The characters look good, there’s movement and expression on their faces. I can’t say anything bad about it. It’s just solid art that unfortunately doesn’t save this issue from the story.

Overall, as you probably have guessed, I was not overly impressed with this issue. This new story feels rushed and crammed into a few panels, and a lot of players are thrown into this pretty quickly. The art is nice to look at, but it doesn’t really do much to alleviate the feeling of my head spinning after taking everything in. I’m all for a good story and lining up some great villains, but I prefer a build up and not just dumping everything out in a few pages and saying “here you go! process…”  Here’s hoping things slow down a bit next issue.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jorge Molina
Color: Matt Milla, Jay David Ramos Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Jorge Molina Variant: Clayton Crain
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Pumpkinhead #2

Pumpkinhead #2

writer: Cullen Bunn
artists: Blacky Shepherd, Kyle Strahm (back-up)
covers: Kyle Strahm (A), Blacky Shepherd (B)
Kyle Strahm (RI-B/W), Blacky Shepherd (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

The demon of vengeance has been awakened, and the creature is stalking a group of backwoods drug kingpins responsible for the deaths of two children. Sheriff Andi Ferris is caught between an unstoppable killer and those marked for an agonizing end. But the would-be victims have some supernatural tricks of their own up their sleeves, and in their desperation to survive, they may unleash more pure evil into the world.

Plus: More of the continuing Haggis serial!

Preview: Subspecies #1


Writer(s): Cullen Bunn & JimmyZ
Artist Name(s): Daniel J. Logan
Cover A – Daniel J. Logan Main Cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Photo Cover (limited to 1500)
32 pgs./ M / FC

Michelle survived being attacked by the vampire Radu, defeated him on more than one occasion, and has been living with the fallout for years. Her life forever changed since she was infected by him, she has adjusted to her existence as a creature of the night. Now, though, the unthinkable has happened. Radu has resurfaced… only now there appears to be FIVE incarnations of the fiendish vampire.

Preview: X-Men: Blue #23

X-Men: Blue #23

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jorge Molina
Color: Matt Milla, Jay David Ramos Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Jorge Millina Variant: Clayton Crain
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• With the X-MEN lost in space, EMMA FROST, HAVOK, BASTION and MISS SINISTER hatch their devious plans!
• Is there a worse time for their most dangerous enemies to strike?
• And wouldn’t it make matters much, much worse if POLARIS once again fell victim to the body-stealing MALICE?

Preview: Venom #163

Venom #163

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Edgar Salazar (CA) Will Robson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• After revelations about Venom’s past and questions about its future, a dangerous new adversary makes its presence known in the Marvel Universe, and not everyone in this titanic tale will make it home!
• And what comes next will spell doom not only for Venom and the X-Men, but the entire MU itself!

Review: Venom #162


Continuing the”Poison X” storyline, we last left our heroes as they were fighting Mancer and the young X-Men have now been infected by symbiotes and now time will tell how much this will effect them in the long run as the hunt for the pirates who kidnapped Corsair rages on.

Since “Poison X” is Cullen Bunn‘s story, it’s no surprise that for now, he’s writing the Venom ongoing as well rather than Mike Costa. And art duties are provided by Edgar Salarza and Ario Anindito with Jacopo Cagmagni handling art for the X-Men: Blue issues.

Now the designs of the symbiote X-Men are pretty cool to look at with variations on their forms including Beast looking like his adult furry counterpart except as a demon. But I think the best one designed is Cyclops with a nice callback to the design of adult Cyclops given his face has a big X across. And it helps that a lot of these characters realize the toxic influence the symbiotes are giving them.

Interestingly though, despite the fact that the X-Men don’t kill people, they still resort to extreme methods of interrogation like stealing a memory from Mancer to figure out what’s what about the symbiotes. And it’s Venom who calls them out on it. And the X-Men don’t even have a comeback so it’s very clear they know what but haven’t admitted yet. And that’s a fascinating angle to go with, so I appreciate the gray morality surrounding these characters as it’s clear they’re no better than each other despite their own senses of morality between Venom and the X-Men Blue team. It’s something I definitely hope Bunn will explore more with this team and this story arc as it goes on.

The artwork is different from X-Men: Blue slightly as this one has a more soft shading in comparison. Though Venom still looks as normal as he should. Nothing feels exaggerated especially on the symbiote side. Very much a lot of them look cool and very demonic in appearance which works for certain characters and the action is well staged even. And the colors by Dono Sanchez-Almara certainly give the proceedings plenty of dynamic to go with.

Venom #162 continues the story arc of “Poison X” in a decent direction thus far and I’m all on board to see where this is going. If you’ve been enjoying this arc, by all means, continue reading. Check it out!


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Exclusive Preview: X-Men: Blue #22

X-Men: Blue #22

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Jacopo Camagni (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• The X-MEN have given themselves a power boost – in the form of ALIEN SYMBIOTES!
• But their new powers have made them the targets of the symbiote-consuming POISONS!

Review: Pumpkinhead #1


Pumpkinhead while well known amongst many Horror aficionados including myself celebrate the film as part of its cult fanbase, it’s sadly underappreciated amongst the titles of many 80’s Horror films. And while time has been kind to it given its Blu-Ray release by Shout Factory, the monster never had any particular luck outside of the first film, which was directed by the late great Stan Winston in one of his only films he directed.

Pumpkinhead as a franchise is kind of bizarre with its direction. The character has had three sequels and an upcoming reboot which hasn’t had any actual new news since 2015 (if memory serves me right though). To give you an idea, the second film basically started out as a script for an unrelated film that had nothing to do with Pumpkinhead but was inserted in at the last minute for whatever current rights holder (specifically the Motion Picture Corporation of America who apparently still has the rights because they want to do the aforementioned reboot) didn’t want to lose the rights. So yeah, think of that sequel as the 1994 Fantastic Four of its time, except, you know, this one actually had a release. A direct to video release but still.

Director Jeff Burr was brought on for the last minute after somebody else left and wasn’t given time to have the script actually fit in with the first film’s mythos. And you can guess how well that film turned out. And then came two television films made for the Sci-Fi Channel (or Syfy Channel). Blood Feud is the only one I’ve seen of the two and it was just okay last I checked.


So imagine my excitement that Pumpkinhead is not only getting a new comic book but by writer Cullen Bunn, who has been doing well with his Marvel books like X-Men: Blue and even his Godzilla works. And the man certainly loves Horror and its monsters. Incidentally though, this was not the first time Pumpkinhead has ventured into comic books. Dark Horse Comics had the rights for a while and published a four issue miniseries entitled: Pumpkinhead: The Rites of Exorcism but only two were published. I don’t know the circumstances but somehow Dark Horse lost the rights and the comic was left on a cliffhanger-especially with the promise of a winged Pumpkinhead.

Obviously, this book is brand new and doesn’t follow any continuity from the other films or the comic book miniseries from years ago and really, that’s just for the best. Because lord knows I want to be reminded of the second film.

But in all seriousness, this is not a bad start to the book so far. In fact, Bunn may be following the tone of the first film well. One of the major things about the first film was the theme of revenge and how much it can consume one as well as regret afterwards. And undoubtedly given one of the major scenes of the book, nobody seems to have learned their lesson from the Ed Harley incident or any of the other times Pumpkinhead had been summoned quite frankly.

To give you an idea of how Pumpkinhead is supposed to work as a monster, here’s the gist of things:

Pumpkinhead can be summoned when going to the old witch Haggis who would inform you where to find the pumpkin patch and dig up the previous summoner’s body and bring it to her. She does a spell and instantly, the corpse turns into the demon known as Pumpkinhead and the demon and the summoner get tied together with a psychic connection. So if the summoner feels pain, so does Pumpkinhead. That aside, it essentially kills the specific targets the summoner wants dead. That’s very much all you need to know about how the demon works (and go see the first movie, seriously).

And as such, yeah, you can see what happens in this book but there’s plenty more going besides that. For starters, the book starts out with what will seem to be a running thing throughout the book, flashbacks to the childhood of the old witch Haggis, which seems to suggest an even deeper connection to the Pumpkinhead demon than one assumed when watching the first film.

Then we have the Kinkade family who had two children of theirs dead thanks to a hit and run and like I said, you can see where this is going and it won’t end well for everyone. And it doesn’t help the perp who ran them over is not the most sympathetic person much like the leather jacket dude from the first film. Though in his case, he didn’t want to get caught by the cops. This guy however, Clayton, he screams oozing tough guy given the tattoos and cigarette but he’s clearly scared out of his mind-clearly aware of the legends.

Sheriff Andi and Daryl and likeable heroic leads especially with Andi being the type wanting to bring justice which would make for an interesting contrast with the monster himself. But it’s not Pumpkinhead that would make for an interesting contrast, with the hillbilly characters in the story, it’s clear there’s already a major contrast between the law and vigilantism.

However if you’re expecting Pumpkinhead to appear throughout the first issue, sorry, he only shows up on the last page but in fairness, the book has to build up the monster first and it’s a great cliffhanger in fairness since there’s a good splash page of Pumpkinhead ready to attack more of his victims.

The art by Blacky Shepherd and Kyle Strahm is decent for the most part. I could go with a bit more gothic style like something similar to the cinematography of the first film but in plenty of pages, it works like the young Haggis pages which give the book a decent spooky atmosphere. But Pumpkinhead is nicely drawn at least, looks as he should and such. But I’d say the writing is the strongest area especially since Bunn nails the rural gothic aspect very well.

There is a bonus short story which reminds me of Creepy because the tone and art style suggests it’s darkly comic. It was out of nowhere and was blindsided at first but I got used to it the more it settled it with me that it’s enjoyable really and offers something cool.

All in all, pretty good start to a promising horror book. If you love the first Pumpkinhead, then this book makes for a solid companion to it.



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Preview: Pumpkinhead #1

Pumpkinhead #1

writer: Cullen Bunn
artists: Blacky Shepherd (main story), Kyle Strahm (back-up story)
covers: Kelley Jones (A), Photo Variant (B), Ken Haeser (C)
Kelley Jones (RI-Virgin), Ken Haeser (RI-B/W), Kelley Jones (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

“For each of Man’s evils, a special demon exists.”

For thirty years, the demon of vengeance has been still, its corpse buried in a pumpkin patch graveyard in the hills. But when a reckless driver accidentally kills a pair of children, the creature is called up once more. This time, though, the monster’s intended target is protected by a cruel backwoods crime family. They hatch their own supernatural plans for dealing with Pumpkinhead. For each of man’s sins, a special demon exists, and when seven infernal creatures roam the hills and the hollows, no one–guilty or otherwise–is safe.

Plus! The first part in a backup story about everyone’s favorite, Haggis, by Cullen Bunn and Kyle Strahm!

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