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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)


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.


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

John Constantine Hellblazer Volume 03: The Fear Machine (Jamie Delano, Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Buckinham, Mike Hoffman. Alfredo Alcala)

Collects Hellblazer #14–22

  • Script  :  Jamie Delano
  • Art : Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Buckinham, Mike Hoffman. Alfredo Alcala

The 9 part collection has a nice shiny cover but it is Printed on dull comic paper stock which is a bit disappointing for a $20 book.

Running from a report in the Sun newspaper, Constantine finds himself with a new-age pagan group that have apparent psychic abilities. Unfortunately the group become prey to a defense contractor and a young girl Constantine has befriended gets kidnapped and he tries to get her back.  This is a very wordy story that is similar to those old detective movies where the hero gives a lengthy internal monologue at every opportunity. The book doesn’t really have much action going on at the start and Constantine doesn’t  seem to be remarkable at all.  I can only imagine what the purchasers of book 14 must have thought at the time. The story is steeped with hippy and masonic style cultures and references and requires some concentration to keep up with the plot.

The art is acceptable but nothing special and suffers a bit from the cheap comic book coloring and paper. There are no standout artists in this collection but no stinkers either.  Some of the frame layouts can be very confusing.  Most sections you read on each page, left to right and top to bottom  whereas others you have to read left to right across two pages. It was not always obvious that this was how you were supposed to read it.

The story isn’t bad but I found the finish a bit unrewarding and convoluted. The badies never really get their comeuppance in a satisfying manner. The standout thing for me for this collection is just how unremarkable Constantine is. Three collections in so far and Hellblazer doesn’t seem to be a great series so far. 6/10 (ISBN- 978-1401235192)


Starwars Omnibus Droids (Dan Thorsland, Bill Hughes, Ryder Windham, Ian Gibson, Jan Strnad, Anthony Daniels, and Brian Daley)

Based on the adventures of C3PO and R2D2 before they met up with Luke Skywalker.  They get tangled up with pirates, bounty hunters, rock monsters, and the notorious space criminal Olag Greck.  The stories are a fun read and the story lines quite inventive.

This travel sized omnibus includes every “Droids” story published by Dark Horse and contains:

  1. “Droids Special”: Script : Dan Thorsland : Art : Bill Hughes
  2. “The Kalarba Adventures”:  Script : Dan Thorsland and Ryder Wyndham: Art : Bill Hughes and Ian Gibson.
  3. “Rebellion”: Script : Ryder Wyndham: Art : Ian Gibson.
  4. “Seasons of Revolt”: Script : Jan Strnad: Art:  Bill Hughes
  5. “The Protocol Offensive”: Script; Anthony Daniels and Ryder Wyndham: Art : Brian Daley.

The story line flows through the many different collections within the book.  This is a good read and the imaginative story grabs the readers attention for the whole book. No real story stands out but if I had to pick a favorite it would probably be “Rebellion” as the “Smiler” plot is a good one.

The artwork is generally solid but quite simplistic at times. The “Protocol Offensive”  had a different style of art to the rest of the book and I didn’t really like the change.  The Ian Gibson drawn episodes have quite a 2000AD look to them and the art is both simple and pleasing to the eye. Ian’s work adds a light hearted cartoony feel at times but it fits in remarkably well with Bill Hughes work. Bill Hughes art style is Quite similar in many ways but just a bit more serious. Brian Daleys work although of good quality didn’t really fit in with the rest of the book in my opinion.

[ISBN 978-1-59037-955-0] 7/10



Indiana Jones Omnibus Volume 1 (Hal Barwood, Noah Falstein, Dan Barry, Dan Spiegle, Lee Mars, Leo Durafiona)

Small sized volume with pretty good paper that is perfect as a travelling companion.

This collection includes:

  1. “Indiana Jones and the fate of Atlantis”: Script – Hal Barwood and Noah Falstein. Art – Dan Barry.
  2. “Thunder in the Orient” : Script – Dan Barry. Art – Dan Barry and Dan Spiegle.
  3. “Indiana Jones and the arms of gold”. Script – Lee Marrs. Art- Leo Duranona.

The stories capture the spirit of the movies but perhaps without the same level of humor.  Although there is plenty of action, the plots explore some quite complex mythological themes and you really have to pay attention to not get lost.   I am a big fan of the movies so I enjoyed this read.

“Indiana Jones and the fate of Atlantis”.  A pretty good story arc with just the right amount of mystery and intrigue. Set in the myth of Atlantis with some Nazis thrown in for good measure. The art work is serviceable but nothing special.

“Thunder in the Orient”.  Based on Budah this is another pretty good story but the art is nothing special.  The plot kept me hooked from start to finish and the concepts were interesting. Definitely has the feel of one of the movies.

“Indiana Jones and the arms of gold”. Another good story that keeps the readers attention but I think this one finished a little quick.  I enjoyed the story but felt they could have done a better job with the ending.  Like the other two stories in this book the artwork was OK but nothing to write home about.

A good read that I believe will appeal to fans of the movies. 6/10 (ISBN- 978-1-59307-884-4)