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Preview: Van Helsing: Flesh of My Blood

Van Helsing: Flesh of My Blood

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.

Van Helsing: Flesh of My Blood

Preview: Wonderland: War of Madness

Wonderland: War of Madness

Story: Dave Franchini, David Wohl
Writer: David Wohl
Art: Hakan Aydin, Allessio Mariani, Allan Otero, Dario Tallarico, Alessandro Uezu
Color: Leonardo Paciarotti, Maxflan Araujo
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: David Wohl
Cover A: Igor Vitorino / Ivan Nunes
Cover B: Guillermo Fajardo
Cover C: Mike Krome / Ula Mos

Peace has returned to Wonderland at last. The madness that the Jabberwocky wished to unleash has been halted, but all is not right in the realm of the newly appointed Flower Queen of Wonderland, Evelyn. As madness continues to seep through the cracks of this world, seeking to consume all that is good, it has found a new foothold in someone close to the throne. And chaos may soon reign again in Wonderland.

Wonderland: War of Madness

Preview: Van Helsing: From the Depths

Van Helsing: From the Depths

Story: Dave Franchini, David Wohl, Pat Shand
Writer: Pat Shand
Art: Hakan Aydin
Color: Grostieta
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover A: Igor Vitorino / Ylenia Di Napol
Cover B: Harvey Tolibao / Robby Bevard
COver C: Vinz El Tabanas

In the shadows of Liesel’s past lurk secrets tied to the legacy of the Van Helsing family. Born from the work of her father, a deadly new adversary rises from depths of the murky waters of the River Thames and only the famed vampire-hunter has the ability to return this twisted creature to the darkness it came from!

Van Helsing: From the Depths

Preview: Myths & Legends Quarterly: Jasmine

Myths & Legends Quarterly: Jasmine

Story: Dave Franchini, David Wohl, Jenny Lyn Wright
Writer: Jenna Lyn Wright
Art: Hakan Aydin, Juan Francisco Mota, Renato Rei, Alessandro Uezu
Color: Maxflan Araujo, Grostieta
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

The war raging in the shadows of the Grimm Universe leaves no one unaffected, including ex-genie and fire-dagger wielding heroine, Jasmine. She was on the front lines of the initial attack and hasn’t been seen since that first strike. Lost and separated from her friends, she finds herself back inside the last place she ever wanted to be, the world within her lamp! Now, Jasmine must embark on an epic mystical journey to escape the prison she finds herself in, but what secrets will she uncover about her past along the way, and what answers do they hold for her future–and the future of the Grimm Universe?

Myths & Legends Quarterly: Jasmine

Review: The Lady & The Lost World

The Lady & The Lost World

Last year one of the most interesting movies to come out was Annihilation. The movie had audiences talking for a variety of reasons besides the plot. One of those was the subversion of gender norms. The main cast were mostly women in a plot which would usually be populated by men. It also had quite a diverse cast which also buck science fiction tropes which usually has characters, if they’re human, be mostly comprised of white men.

The movie revolved around a scientist whose husband barely makes it back alive from an expedition and she goes searching for what almost killed him.  What she and her team end up uncovering changes everything they know about evolution. The movie gave viewers another worthy extinction level event movie in the pantheon of great science fiction movies.

In Ian Sharman and Hakan Aydin’s, The Lady & The Lost World, we find another female protagonist who must uncover the truth, one that will change everything she knows.

We meet Lady Emmaline Harcourt, a royal, whose fiancé had disappeared during an expedition, five years ago, as she desperately looks for any clue of where he was or could have disappeared to. She meets a man by the name of Trent Bridgstock, who has given her, the first real lead she has had in a long time, as he presents to her, that her fiancé was looking for a map of how the world would have been 20,000 years ago. which gains her new enemies, one that would want her dead before what the map leads to, becomes known. As his trail leads her and Trent from Mexico to Cambodia to Egypt and finally Antarctica, while along the way, changing what she knows about history and culture about these different civilizations.

Overall, the comic is a thrilling adventure which tells quite a different story than most readers would expect. The story by Sharman is smart, fast paced, and action packed. The art by Aydin and Romero is elaborate, contains excellent line work, and is simply breathtaking. Altogether, not your typical adventure story but one that gives readers a fresh take on the action adventure genre.

Story: Ian Sharman Art: Hakan Aydin and Loles Romero
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Ripley’s Believe It or Not #1

Television of the 1990s usually get a bad rap, as most critics including myself tend to celebrate 1980s more than any other decade. The thing is that the decade deserves to be revered for the many excellent genre shows it introduced to the world. This was the decade that brought the world, The X-Files and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. As these shows are not only cultural milestones but worldwide movements, as these characters often spoke to audiences who have never been heard.

One show that premiered in the crux of these two wunderkind decades is Tales From The Crypt. I wasn’t old enough to even remember these comics, but the stories that came out of the series, made the horror accessible to the mainstream. As the shows were well told but still was scary enough to creep out viewers. In the debut issue of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, we get a series of vignettes that will remind readers of the landmark show.

In “A Tale As Old As,” we get the true story behind Beauty and The Beast, one which proves to be far more interesting than  the fairytale readers around the world have gotten to know. In “I’ve Been Working on The Railroad,” a man survives an accident which would have killed anyone else but became one man’s strength. In “The Ride of His People,” one man wins a race only to die once he reaches the finished line. In “Mother Nature Blew Her,” one father foretells his daughter how the world will be if world continues with pollution of the land and water. In “49 Lives,” one cat predicts the death of a patient.

Overall, it’s an interesting set of mostly true stories are as bizarre as they are riveting. The stories by the different writers captures the eeriness of the show. The art by the different artists is both captivating and alluring. Altogether, one of the best horror books to come out in a while.

Story : Howard Mackie, Ben Meares, Dale Mettam, Victoria Rau
Art: Hakan Aydin, Marcelo Basile, Pat Broderick, Deivis Goetten, Daniel Maine
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy