Zenescope Entertainment 2015
Written by Pat Shand
Illustrated by Michele Bandini
Coloured by Walter Pereyra
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Hades’ plan to find Mina leads straight to Dracula, and Helsing once again faces off with her greatest nemesis. However, Dracula remains invulnerable to her attack, forcing Liesel, Hades, and Harker to flee without Mina. As Hades abandons Helsing for a mysterious trip into the abandoned underworld, Helsing and Harker journey to Rome to investigate the only lead they have: the Steward of Rome, an ancient hunter who is rumored to have been turned into a vampire by Dracula himself.
I love the opening of this issue. It has all the classic elements of a well written horror movie. A young woman coming home after a nice night out, in a good mood only to be surprised by something evil in the dark. It’s good stuff and it’s even better with the little narration giving off the creepy vibe while Michele and Walter do the bulk of the work visually. The blood dripping from the hair and the mirror in the moonlight yeah it’s just really good stuff to creep you out and for it being October it’s even more fun to witness.
When Liesel enters the story she and Harker are posing as Secret Intelligence Service agents. Shades of Supernatural and I appreciate that because seriously it’s fun to see her use subtlety to poke around instead of trying to give herself away. It just adds another element to her and the way she works that goes a long way to saying she handle more than just vampires and it would be interesting to see her do more with that. Plus how many languages does she speak? So much that we don’t know about her and Pat just keep opening doors that leave us wanting to learn more.
As their investigation keeps going we don’t see every detail of it, instead the narration of what’s happened is put to better use here. While the pair are continuing their investigation Hades has gone the underworld in search of answers his own way. I liked the creatures he encountered who were less than impressed with him. Hades on the other hand wasn’t as handsome or imposing as he should be, instead more cartoon visage, that he didn’t get the same attention as the others well i’ll chalk it up to deadline.
Ah the woman in charge of the crime scene we saw at the beginning has a story that her co-worker is more than happy to share. It’s interesting because there’s more to her than meets the eye but it’s not exactly the way you’d think. In a weird twist of fate she does manage to lead Liesel to the Warden. What this leads to is some very unexpected revelations about the mythology behind Dracula. It’s great stuff too and now we’ve gotten so much more potential cannon for future stories for Liesel and company.
There’s some great stuff going on here and it’s a huge boost to what’s possible and could be coming down the pike.
Zenescope has started putting out these incredibly complex, interesting and genre breaking books and this could very well be the first of the next wave.