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Vampires & Classic Literature Reimagined

Vampires & Classic Literature Reimagined

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I assume I by no means remembered what a sluggish week the week after Christmas is on the planet of comedian books. Amongst all the massive publishers, solely eleven new books have been launched in complete.

To place that in perspective, in a typical week Marvel and DC will every have no less than fifteen new titles, if no more. A few of the bigger independents may have near that on a weekly foundation as nicely.

That’s wonderful as a result of it allowed me to get caught up on some studying and look forward to what’s coming so I be certain that to not miss any new collection I need to add to my pull listing.

There could also be a few of you who’re studying this and do not know what a pull record is. It’s one thing a whole lot of comedian ebook shops have and it principally works like this. I inform them what I need to learn regularly and when it is available in, they pull it for me and it’s in a field ready for me on Wednesday, which is new comedian e-book day.

Now that the lesson is over, let’s get into the remainder of the column.

New This Week

Mars Assaults #three Dynamite
Implausible 4 #5 Marvel
Superior Spider-Man #1 Marvel
Uncanny X-Males #7 Marvel
X-Drive #1 Marvel
Man-Eaters #four Picture
Die Die Die #6 Picture
Hellboy and BPRD 1956 #2 Darkish Horse
Go-Bots #2 IDW
Marvel Motion Avengers #1 IDW
Bone Parish #5 Growth!

New Collection Hitting Cabinets In January

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1 Dynamite
Elvira Form of Elvira #1 Dynamite
Turok #1 Dynamite
Legal #1 Picture
Gunning For Hits #1 Picture
Oliver #1 Picture
Vindication #1 (of four) Picture
Aliens Resistance #1 Darkish Horse
Struggle Membership three #1 Darkish Horse
Starcraft Troopers #1 (of four) Darkish Horse
Wyrd #1 Darkish Horse
Star Trek Q Battle #1 (of 6) IDW
Younger Justice #1 DC
Naomi #1 DC
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Marvel
Black Widow #1 Marvel
Captain Marvel #1 Marvel
Crypt of Shadows #1 Marvel
Invaders #1 Marvel
Robyn Hood Outlaw #1 Zenescope
Zodiac #1 Zenescope

J.R.’s Weekly Pull Record

Most of the comedian ebook corporations we’re taking a break this week and actually, there have been solely a handful of latest books out this week in complete between Marvel, DC and the independents.

So, after choosing up one lonely comedian ebook in my inbox on Wednesday, I went again to Comedian Pressure on Thursday and picked up a pair additional Christmas goodies. The place final week I had ten new books, this week I’ve however one new from my pull listing and my goodies. Which BTW, are actually good.

Pull Record
Implausible 4 #5 Marvel (this was the 650th Incredible 4 e-book launched)


Black Knight 1 & 2 (of 5) Zenescope
Vampirella Southern Gothic 1-5 (commerce paperback, full collection) Dynamite


Vampirella Southern Gothic #1 (of 5) Dynamite Comics

I purchased this on Thursday as a Christmas present to myself. The primary cause for getting it, in addition to the truth that I dig the Vampirella character, is the truth that this was a five-issue collection and will all be packed up in a single good commerce paperback.

Who’s Vampirella? Nicely, she’s a badass vampire superheroine. She has a variety of the identical talents as vampires, resembling the power to shapeshift right into a bat, however she doesn’t have the problems with daylight, holy water, garlic and crosses that typical vampires do. Now that you simply’re caught up, let’s get into it.

After beating the snot out of a bunch of vampire demons, Vampirella will get a late-night name from an previous flame in Mississippi.

Appears that he’s making an attempt to unravel the thriller of his fiancee’s homicide and wishes a bit assist contemplating that he made a deal. One which’s, let’s consider, exhausting to interrupt due to who it was made with. Additionally, it appears as if that is the fiancee’s thirty-seventh dying.

What occurs subsequent? Properly, you’ll know once you learn challenge #2. I already know what occurs and belief me, you’re going to need to learn it.

Character Profile

Liesel Van Helsing Zenescope

You might be asking your self the place you’ve heard the identify Van Helsing earlier than. It’s attainable that it’s from a questionable film starring Hugh Jackman, however in the event you stated Van Helsing, Abraham Van Helsing to be extra exact, was Rely Dracula’s nemesis within the ebook Dracula by Bram Stoker, you’d be right.

Welcome to Zenescope comics and their character, Abraham’s daughter, Liesel Van Helsing. Liesel is THE vampire hunter of her time and each side realize it.

And we’d as properly get out of the best way that she is presently in a romantic relationship with Hades Blackstone, the now mostly-reformed god of the underworld.

Liesel gained’t restrict herself to only vampires, although that’s her speciality. In several collection, she’s gone up towards and brought down a werewolf, mummy, Frankenstein and, sure, even the Rely himself.

Her present collection, Van Helsing Sword of Heaven is just two points in to a six-issue collection, however already the writing is drawing me in.

Wearing her trademark fishnets, corset, prime hat and steampunk glasses, usually, with a crossbow close by, Liesel is making her means throughout India as a way to retrieve a sword rumored to place an finish to vampirism altogether.

For those who thought she was the one one making their option to the sword you then’ve by no means learn a comic book guide earlier than! In fact, different individuals are making an attempt to cease her and get the sword for themselves and, in true Van Helsing style, they’re of the blood-sucking selection.

Two issues that Zenescope does rather well are creating the backstory of their characters and retaining a variety of their collection in collection of 5 or 6 books so you will get out and in with out lots of expense. It’s a good way to examine outa collection you factor chances are you’ll like and I feel you could like all collection within the Van Helsing line

The Again Cowl

Did any of you catch the theme happening in the course of the evaluations? First, we had a superheroine vampire in Vampirella after which we had a vampire hunter in Liesel Van Helsing. Let’s hope these two by no means meet up. Fortunately they’re from totally different corporations so not a lot probability of that taking place.

Wanting again at this yr I assumed I’d share a number of titles and characters that I discovered in 2018 that have been actually nice surprises for me. All these titles or characters are undoubtedly value testing.

Grimm Fairy Tales–Zenescope
These aren’t your commonplace fairy tales however fairly are variations of the basic literature. For instance, within the Goldilocks and the Three Bears situation, there was a feminine, blond homicidal circus bear tamer with three bears and she or he wanted to be stopped.

In fact, as a comic book e-book, it has a hero and that’s Skye Mathers. To study extra about Skye, take a look at my character evaluate in final week’s situation.

This collection rocks for me as a author as a result of it takes the basic tales from the Brothers Grimm and tells them in a brand new, enjoyable approach. The problems go from one-issue tales resembling Goldilocks and the Three Bears to a reasonably lengthy story arc revolving across the hidden realm of Camelot that to date has taken up 9 points.

Most collection from Zenescope are 5 or 6 points, so this can be a massive story arc that, by my guess, has at the least two or three extra points to it.

Revenge of Wonderland—Zenescope

One other story from a model that I’m shortly falling in comedian guide love with. They’ve taken the Alice character from the Lewis Carroll novel and made her an grownup with a household. Alice now goes by the nickname Calie and on this six-issue collection (we’re 5 points in thus far) she takes her daughter Violet to Wonderland the place all types of shenanigans happen, none of which they’re ready for.

There’s an entire Wonderland collection and that is solely the newest instalment in it. I’ve learn the primary collection Zenescope revealed, Return To Wonderland, and I feel I’ve in all probability examine half of all of the Wonderland materials. Right here’s hoping that on the finish of 2019 I’ve all of the Wonderland books learn!

Olivia Twist—Darkish Horse
This one is just like the earlier and it ought to be straightforward to see that that is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens basic, Oliver Twist.

To save lots of a boy she barely is aware of, Olivia Twist joins a woman gang of thieves referred to as The Esthers. Set in futuristic occasions however with a lot of the clothes indicative of the unique Dickens story, this new collection is simply three books in, however I’m already hooked.

The writing is excellent, the paintings is outstanding and whereas that is the primary Darkish Horse title to be added to my pull record, it certainly gained’t be my final.

Miles Morales Spider Man—Marvel
The additional we get into the 21st century the extra variety we see in comedian books. Working example is Miles Morales, the Spider-Man of earth 616. Born to an African-American father and a Puerto Rican mom, he was created again in 2011 by Marvel and is claimed to be impressed partially by former President Barrack Obama and rapper Donald Glover.

Miles has powers similar to that of Peter Parker, the Spider-Man of earth 1 and the character we have been raised on. Nevertheless, Miles has a pair additional tips up his sleeve, resembling his camouflage means that permits him to actually mix his costume into no matter is surrounding him. He additionally has the power to ship out venom blasts, directed power, that paralyzes whoever Spidey touches.

I’m loving this black haired vampire-superheroine that’s been the property of Dynamite since 2010. She was initially created in 1969 within the now-defunct Warren Comics black and white horror books. If you wish to know extra, take a look at the evaluate of Vampirella Southern Gothic #1, above.

By no means did I feel I might be studying a comic book e-book based mostly on a villain, however then once more I by no means thought I’d see a marriage invitation with the names Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Selina Kyle (Catwoman) on it, so all the time anticipate the sudden.

No, Catwoman and Batman by no means did truly tie the knot and no, I’m not telling you why. You both have to learn the Batman comics for your self or Google it should you’re feeling lazy.

This collection picks up after the marriage that by no means occurred and Selina has determined to enter retirement, however for Gotham’s most infamous cat burglar that’s not a simple factor to do. The collection is simply six points in, so get to your comedian store, seize their again points and subscribe to this collection.

What did you discover in 2018 that basically rocked your comedian guide world? Share it with us. Additionally, what are a few of your favourite characters? I’m very all for discovering out.

Glad New Yr and I’ll see you in 2019!

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Photograph credit score: Mars Assaults, Peter Cannon Thunderbolt and Vampirella covers courtesy Dynamite Leisure.  Revenge of Wonderland and Van Helsing covers courtesy Zenescope.

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