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Preview: Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla: Bundles of Joy Volume 4

HERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA – BUNDLES OF JOY VOLUME 4

Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color, letters)
Cover Artist(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color)
80 pgs./ T / FC
$11.99

Tesla learns more truths than he can bear while Sonia and Howard learn the hard way to be more careful with the Mythos. Aleister Crowley thinks long-term with his Scarlet Women’s plans as Hitler takes on more responsibility supporting the Awakening.

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Preview: Herald: Lovecraft & Telsa – Bundles of Joy #3

HERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA – BUNDLES OF JOY #3

Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color, letters)
Cover Artist(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color)
24 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

Crowley’s Scarlet Women find a new target in Tesla. Hitler finds Rasputin to be a difficult ward to manage. Howard and Sonia’s curse enters a new stage of development.

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Preview: Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla – Bundles of Joy #2

HERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA – BUNDLES OF JOY #2

Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color, letters)
Cover Artist(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color)
24 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

Einstein reveals the truth about his work with Edison. Hitler begins his search for a new cult ally. Howard and Sonia deal with the ramifications of their curse. Tesla uses the Ceryx ex Praeterito to revel in nostalgia.

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Preview: Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla: Bundles of Joy #1

HERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA – BUNDLES OF JOY #1

Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color, letters)
Cover Artist(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color)
24pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

Aleister Crowley sends his Scarlet Women to offer Houdini a deal. Howard and Sonia’s exploits have painful consequences. Tesla begins testing of his Ceryx ex Praeterito dream machine.

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Preview: Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla #9

HERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA #9

Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color, letters)
Cover Artist(s): Tom Rogers
32 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

When Houdini and Lovecraft are taken to Sean Breag’s underground ceremony room, Sonia Greene and Tesla rush to save them from the transformative power of the accursed needle of Zur’in Xal in a confrontation that leaves more questions than answers.

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Preview: Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla #8

HERALD: LOVECRAFT AND TESLA #8

Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color, letters)
Cover Artist(s): Tom Rogers
32 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

Howard’s ex-wife Sonia Greene steps up to the plate. In Vienna, the cult presents Adolf with an opportunity to finally make something of himself. Einstein goes head-to-head with Edison. Twain gets Tesla out of a hole. Houdini and Howard are invited to a very special wedding.

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Preview: Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla #7

HERALD: LOVECRAFT AND TESLA #7

Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (color, letters)
Cover Artist(s): Tom Rogers
32 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

The pulp hit returns with the start of a new arc as the Cthulhu Cult uses a familiar ceremony to build flesh beasts from the merged bodies of the unsuspecting. Meanwhile, Twain presents the boys with a gift, but Tesla first has a score to settle at Earhart’s airfield. The adventure continues with “Tying the Knot.”

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Review: Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla Vol. 2 Fingers to the Bone TPB

3ea0ac9f-c637-43ff-a552-2e50352a1ecfI remember the anticipation before watching the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as I remember a friend telling me just how good the Alan Moore comic was. So when I did sit down to watch, I suffered a profound disappointment, as what could have been a conceivably good movie, based on concept alone, and turned out to be a dud. The movie, was just another of those movies, in a long line of “comic book based” movies, that perpetuated the belief in the movie industry at the time, that these movies were not. This was of course, before fans of these series started making movies themselves, and the disconnect between filmmaker and source material was apparent.

Stories where well-known characters and/or classic historical figures, are often high concept and often fail in providing the type of story where interesting adventures could evolve to. HP Lovecraft is one of those figures of horror fiction, which has a long strange history due to his personal beliefs. Nikola Tesla, on the other hand, is one of the more celebrated icons of science and is more revered than most of his peers. So when I saw that John Reilly was writing a series which involved the adventures of HP Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla, I was intrigued but felt some trepidation.

Within this world, Amelia Earhart and Nikola Tesla are engaged, and all of Lovecraft’s books are based on true accounts and he knows how to cast spells and possesses supernatural powers, almost like Constantine. So when Earhart goes missing on her infamous flight, Tesla has to work with Lovecraft to find her. Tesla, comes more like Sherlock Holmes than anything, often deducing situations using scientific reasoning. Within this volume, Earhart is lost in another dimension; Tesla and Lovecraft fight a Leviathan made of books at Mark Twain’s party, Houdini conducts séances and travels to alternate dimensions with Aleister Crowley.

Altogether, the best way to describe this series is if you got the best elements of Sleepy Hollow, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Penny Dreadful, you will have beautiful series. The story by John Reilly shows and proves that you can create awesome stories involving historical figures. The art by Tom Rogers and Dexter Weeks is solid throughout the book and more than highlights each historical figures eccentricity. Overall, a solid comic book form start to finish and will suffice any history fan and really any fan of great storytelling.

Story: John Reilly Art: Tom Rogers and Dexter Weeks
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: BUY

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Preview: Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla: Fingers to the Bone TPB

HERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA: FINGERS TO THE BONE TPB

Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers, Dexter Weeks
Cover Artist(s): Jack Ciolli
96 pgs./ Teen / FC
$9.99 (reg.)

While Tesla performs a demonstration at Mark Twain’s retirement party, an uninvited guest with an unmatched intellect threatens everything Tesla has worked for.  Meanwhile, Susan and Houdini enjoy a quiet evening of séances and astral travel with Aleister Crowley. In Vienna, the Cult continues its attempts to recruit a starving artist with a unique destiny.  Collects Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla #4-6.

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Review: Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla #6

HLTHerald: Lovecraft and Tesla is an absurdly fun adventure which straddles the fence between complete lunacy and absolute brilliance, while never failing to tell a great character driven story.

The people are what make this issue special. Each person takes a normal human trait and stretches it to its most extreme. The story opens with Houdini floating in Elsewhere, as Amelia Earhart casually fights off monsters below. Due to his pride, he believes the entire trip to be part of a dream because, the only true magic is what he performs on stage. Following that, we return to Mark Twain’s manner as he, Lovecraft, and Tesla, continue to battle a large book Golem. The entire scene is hilarious, as Lovecraft again is never broken from his calm demeanor, refusing to believe anything is out of the ordinary aside from a moment where he boisterously claims, “huh, weird”. Mark Twain’s role in the battle is to trade insults with the beast in the hopes of using his genius to destroy it. Lovecraft and Tesla’s bizarre relationship is a treat as Tesla truly becomes the conduit for the reader to see all of the outlandish personalities. He is the only one who takes a moment to ever question what is going on and attempt to try to find some logic in the world. The tale ends following a young failed German artist named Adolf, as he begins to find his way in the world. This sets the book up for a larger narrative as the stories become closer and closer to intertwining. Even with characters this outlandish, writer John Reilly does a great job giving them a sense of depth. Whether it is Tesla’s hunt for his love, or Twain’s yet unknown motives, each characters avoids being a flat one dimensional person and feels truly complex.

The art by Tom Rodgers and Dexter Weeks does a fantastic job accentuating both the calmer moments, such as in Vienna, to the surreal moments, like entirety of Elseworld. Each location feels appropriate within the world that Reilly has created. The characters all look unique and the facial work is spot on considering how many emotions are being felt from multiple characters within the same panel. There is a nice attention to detail as well. In one particular shot of the book Golem, many of the spines of the books he is made out of have been filled in with popular novel titles from the time period, as well as samples of pages across the creature’s face.

Overall, this comic is a joy to read and has done a phenomenal job of creating characters that are so charmingly ridiculous, that anything they do seems worthy of reading. And with the larger narrative ever growing there will be no shortage of adventures for Lovecraft and Tesla to find themselves lost in.

Story: John Reilly Art: Tom Rodgers, Dexter Weeks
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 recommendation: Buy

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