Writer: Pat Shand
Art: Michele Bandini
Colors: Walter Pereyra
Letters: Jim Campbell
Editor: Nicole Glade
Once again with creative writing and great art, Zenescope has created another interesting story updating old characters and placing them in the present. Zenescope has slowly been moving their characters to more of a real world(yes I know it is comics) and away from the magical realm of their earlier stories.
Each story now flows into a world where magic and the occult are present. Van Helsing Vs Dracula keeps the movement going forward.
Van Helsing is living the live or in this case her job as a vampire killer. Pat Shand has again written a character that speaks and thinks like we do. Sometime serious and other times using humor to remove tension. As her father before her, her Nemesis is Dracula. Besides follow in the family business, Van Helsing has vengeance on her mind because Dracula turned her father and she was forced to kill him.
When a friend calls, Harker asking for help for his infected girlfriend, Mina. Van Helsing sets of with her boyfriend. Now her boyfriend happens to be Hades. Hades has something going on behind Van Helsing’s back. Ummmmm what could it be? Hades and Harker don’t see eye to eye and it builds some extra tension in the room. Both Van Helsing and Hades have a different method of finding out what is effecting Mina. Looking forward to see how Pat writes this coming conflict.
The art work of Michele Bandini is great. Clean and with hints of Anime influence in his art style. Michele does a great job of mixing North American and Anime. The two things that caught my attention were two simple things. First our heroine is not wearing high heels. Finally someone give us a practically foot wear. I have a hard time believing that woman would wear high heels to battle. Second is one small thing, Van Helsing drooling as she sleeps in the arms of Hardes. Not the most attractive thing but it makes the character more real to me. If only Van Helsing outfit would become more battle particle.
Hey Van Helsing is hot for 200 years old but fish net stockings to fight vampires, really?
Van Helsing Vs Dracula is a very entertaining read and well worth your money.
I give Van Helsing VS Dracula 4 pops out of 5.
Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.
John G M Burke
Oh one small thing guys. You missed a arm Harkers glass on page 5, first panel. But hey I just a nerd.