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Requiem Vampire Knight . Tome 4: The Convent of the Blood Sisters & The Queen of Dead Souls (Pat Mills, Olivier Ledroit)
February 14, 2018, 7:11 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Olivier Ledroit, Pat Mills, Requiem Vampire Knight, Uncategorized

Tome 4 collects

  • The Convent of the Blood Sisters
  • The Queen of Dead Souls

Another solid offering set in Mills adult vampire world that carries on the story of Heinrich and his plight in the nether world. Quite a violent an gritty book with lots of nudity and extreme violence.  The art work is again excellent although its complexity and layout sometimes makes some sections hard to follow. Although the story was well written I found you had to concentrate quite hard to keep up with what was going on.

If you enjoyed the previous 3 volumes I think you will enjoy this one.

8/10  (112 pages, November 2010, ISBN 1-84653-438-0)

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Requiem Vampire Knight. Tome 3: Dragon Blitz & Hellfire Club (Pat Mills, Olivier Ledroit )
February 11, 2018, 4:52 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Olivier Ledroit, Pat Mills, Requiem Vampire Knight, Uncategorized

Book 3 collects two stories, Dragon Blitz and Hellfire.  These continue on from the earlier books which are reviewed on this site and there is no need to regurgitate all the back story here.  As the previous books this is a very solid tale with excellent art and great coloring.  The story is quite graphic in places and definitely more suited for mature readers.

Dragon Blitz picks up at the cliffhanger of the last series where Heinrich and Rebecca are making their escape through the dragon attack.  There is also a bit of a back story on one of the Protaganists Otto who is involved in a big dogfight with the pair at the beginning of the book. Other highlights of this story include the pirates hijacking of the Black opium train and the meeting of a new character in the shape of a vampire dragon hunter. I enjoyed this tale as much as the previous two books.

Hellfire club starts with a back story regarding the Crusaders who later become vampires fighting with the Russians. It mainly is based around the fight between Lindos and Dracula but has a subplot where Rebecca gets taken by the  Police to the sisters of blood. blood and Heinrich prepares to get her back. An enjoyable read and visual treat.

ISBN-13: 978-1846534577.  8/10.



Requiem Vampire Knight. Tome 2: Dracula & The Vampires Ball (Pat Mills, Olivier Ledroit)
February 7, 2018, 5:43 pm
Filed under: Olivier Ledroit, Pat Mills, Requiem Vampire Knight, Uncategorized

This volumes resumes the story  of Heinrich Augsburg, an ex Nazi soldier doomed to be a vampire warrior in a world of resolute evil. It fills in some of the back story on his love Rebecca who was Jew and as such forbidden fruit for a Nazi . She suffered a horrible death and has been reincarnated as a foe of Dracula and hence Requiem but he still has feelings for her.  She features quite heavily in this tale where they interact in a cliffhanger way at the end. We also find that Requiem himself may be a reincarnation of a disgraced fellow called Thurim. This is a fact he tries to conceal as it would put him in certain conflict with Dracula.

The main story revolves around factions trying to overthrow the Vampires and their master Dracula and includes many epic battles.  There is a tremendous amount going on in the battle scenes and graphic bloodshed. The style of writing is familiar to Pat Mills fans and has some edginess to the subject matter that makes it less suitable for youngsters.

This book stands out for it’s  detailed and gloriously colored artwork. The wonderful drawing is helped no end by  the good quality shiny paper stock. Each page is a veritable feast for the eyes and must have taken ages to draw. I particularly enjoyed the artwork for the steampunk style sky pirates. Sometimes the complexity of the art and number of characters made it a little difficult for me to follow what was going on but it didn’t distract from the pleasurable reading experience.  The artwork is very detailed but not in a surreal rather than realistic way. The extra art at the end of the book is also worthy of note.

Being from the same author, it reminds me in feel of the 2000AD strip Nemesis the Warlock but the full color TPB format here allows even more outrageous art. If you enjoyed the first Novel, Are a Nemesis follower or  a Pat Mills fan you should enjoy this Graphic treat.

8/10. (112 pages, September 2009, ISBN 1-84653-438-0)



John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 4: The Family Man (Jamie Delano, Ron Tiner, Kevin Walker, Mark Buckinham, Sean Philips, Dick Forman, Steve Pugh, Dean Motter, Mark Penninton)

The family man collects issues 23 to 24 and 28 to 33 of the Hellblazer series.

  • Larger than Life. (Issue 23): Script : Jamie Delano. Art : Ron Tiner
  • The Family Man (Issues 24, 28-30): Script : Jamie Delano. Art : Ron Tiner, Kevin Walker, Mark Buckingham
  • Mourning of the Magician (Issue 31): Script: Jamie Delano. Art: Sean Philips
  • New Tricks (Issue 32): Script: Jamie Delano. Art: Dick Forman, Steve Pugh
  • Sundays are Different (Issue 33): Script: Jamie Delano. Art: Dean Motter, Mark Pennington

Larger Than Life:

A Bizzarre story in which Constantine meets and old friend that is being harassed by Fictional characters.  Although this story sets up the main “Family Man” arc it just left me bewildered as to what was going on.

The family Man:

This is main story of the book and deals with Constantine’s pursuit of a serial killer who murders families.  It is quite a good story and has a great protagonist that is really evil.  Yet another Hellblazer story that left me thinking how unremarkable Constantine is and not really any sort of hero. The pacing of the story was pretty good but I found it quite hard work at times rather than pleasurable. Quite a wordy tale.

Mourning of the Magician

In the “Family man” the serial killer murders Constantines father and in this story he comes back to haunt his sisters daughter.  There is a back story on Constantines relationship with his father and we get to find a little bit more about his childhood. Quite a good story but artwork not quite as good.

New Tricks

This story sees a return to the demonic world where someone has possessed a dog and is preying on homeless people. Quite a good story

Sundays are Different

I really didn’t get this story. A meandering alternate reality exploit that really seemed to have no point. Just filler in this book really.

Conclusion: 

The artwork in this book is ok but really suffers from the cheap paper stock and gaudy comic book coloring. Visually it is nothing to write home about. There are no standout artists for me but the art does the job.  It has a few areas, like the other collected issues,  where the layout of the tiles is pretty confusing.

A solid collection of Hellblazer stories (with one exception) but Hellblazer still doesn’t really get me excited. I don’t find them an easy read and visually they are nothing special. 5/10. ISBN-13: 978-1401236908