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Dracula Meets The Wolfman # 1

Posted in Comics, Dracula, Werewolves with tags , , , on 31 October, 2008 by Cavan

“How similar love and hunger are. Both make a man want. And both Man will kill for.”

Any fan of 1970s fantasy art knows the name Frank Frazetta. His covers for Tarzan and Conan are legendary, but while I’m no fan of sword ‘n’ sorcery, I love both his sci-fi pulp covers and his dabblings in classic horror. Take Dracula meets the Wolf Man for example. Originally appeared on the cover to Creepy #7, which hit the newsstand in 1965, its a wonderfully gothic compostition, complete with ruined cathedral and graveyard. I used to have a dog-eared poster of this on my wall when I was a kid so was very excited when I saw this one-shot from Image.

This is one of the recent run of comics that attempts to tell the story behind the picture. Writing duties fall to 30 Days of Night‘s Steve Niles with art by Francesco Francavilla. Sounds good so far. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite live up to the hype. The story is minimal and hardly world shattering; Drac needs to drink the blood of a virgin and is about to sink the old fangs in when her lover, a Loups Garoux pops up and they have a wrestle. And that’s about it. The climax is a bit of a cop-out and the abrupt ending irritates rather than leaves you gagging for more. 

This a comic that relies on nostalgia and buckets of atmosphere to save a razor-thin story and it almost pulls it off. Unfortuanately, almost isn’t enough. If it didn’t have Frank Frazetta’s name connected to it, Dracula Meets The Wolfman would be dismissed as an instantly forgettable and ultimately disappointingly unoriginal rehash. 

1 (out of 5) Tana Leaves

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Marvel Adventures Hulk 13: Are You My Mummy?

Posted in Comics, Superheroes, The Mummy with tags , , , , on 15 October, 2008 by Cavan

“The Thunderclap of Thor will destroy you in the name of The Living Pharoah…”

This must be the year that the Hulk faces classic monsters. This month we see him duking it out with Frankenstein’s Monster, but in July ol’ tall, green and angry faced off a New York full of mummified superheroes. Marvel Adventures is the comic book house’s range of titles that are safe for all ages but if you’re not afraid to unleash the inner kid in you, then this is full of fun. Bruce Banner, Rick Jones and their pet monkey, called, er, monkey arrive back in New York to discover that the citizens are cowering in their homes, the streets are abandoned and a giant pyramid has been built slap bang in the middle of the big apple. When they spot NYPD officers in the distance, they rush over to New York’s finest to discover what’s going on, but before you can say “Great Cheops” they realise that the cops have been turned into brain-dead mummies and Banner is hulking out to save his friends. Things go from bad to worse when it transpires that it isn’t just the police that are wrapped up (geddit?) in the affairs of that evil mutant, the Living Pharaoh, but any figure of authority on Manhatten. Unfortunately, in the Marvel universe that also includes the likes of the Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men. 

As I said this is just fun, pure and simple and refreshingly old fashioned to boot. Don’t be expecting the creep out horror of Marvel Zombies, or any plot that will tax your brain. That’s not to say that there isn’t something a little spooky about the mummified heroes; the wide staring eyes of Captain America is a little unsettling and the ending? Well, you’ll never look at the Silver Surfer in the same light again. 

3 (out of 5) Tana Leaves