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Who’s Up for Another Course of Hungry Ghosts? Issue #3 Review

30 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Only one more course is expected in Anthony Bourdain‘s Hungry Ghosts! I am sad this series published by Dark Horse Comics is coming to an end and I seriously hope a second series will be developed. I said this in past reviews; after all, at the rate of two stories per issue, out of the 100 needed tales in this game of terror (known as the Hyakumonagatari Kaidankai), there’s 94 more to relate before it can come to a devilish end.

The third issue arrived this week and the tales are getting far more sinister at every turn. Sooner or later, I knew a story featuring Japan’s most iconic spirit, the Kappa, will be told. “Deep” delves into places not often talked about, whether that’s behind closed doors behind a kitchen or about certain parts of the body giving grief. This issue has a theme going, as both tales deal with threats from within!

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Smitten by Vampironica, Archie Horror’s latest comic

28 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

If anyone asked me why I’m reading Archie comics again, I would respond, I’m looking at their horror titles because I can! This company has a new universe comparable to DC Comic’s Vertigo and the storytelling is very accessible. As much as I wanted to follow along to the television products, namely Riverdale because it is Twin Peaks, I dropped it when Ross Butler is not going to be a mainstay (rival to Archie). He is an actor I love following and I can’t buy how the series is going to explain a different actor in that role. At least I have The Chilling Tales of Sabrina on Netflix to look forward to.

Thankfully, these type of things does not happen on the comic book front. I am enjoying Afterlife with Archie, Jughead: The Hunger and Chilling Adventures in Sorcery (all available on Amazon) and am anxious to find out who else will become a member of the unwilling undead. To give a new spin on the hamburger-loving Jughead made me smile. I can not look at beef the same way again. With Veronica Lodge now a vampire, just what can she do is as exciting as watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the TV Series!

According to tradition: a vampire can not enter a home unless they were invited in. Her parents know the individual who created her and to learn more means waiting for the next issues. I believe this individual has been around for a long time, and The Riverdale Gazette (the afterward) is only a tease to whom this person is. I am assuming future publications will delve into the history far better, and names will be offered.

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Capital City Comic Con Recap & What’s Next in Victoria, BC

20 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

The reports are in – Capital City Comic Con in Victoria, BC is a resounding success! Many attendees, myself included, enjoyed the vibe which flowed throughout the three days and my biggest concern was in how well the lines of people are managed. Overall, it went very smoothly. Smaller events mean shorter waits, and during the times I visited the celebrity guest section, the crowds were never overwhelmingly big. Even the talents who attended appreciated the relaxed atmosphere. All of this positive attitude means this event will continue for years to come.

Patrick Warburton was outspoken about what he and fellow guests thought about this city and well managed this show was during his Q&A.

One detail I have to get off my chest is when I hear talk about (this) Comic-Con. I often jokingly say back “Which one?” I do know which event they are talking about, but when I am a seasoned veteran, this event needs its own code to distinguish it. 4C is the unofficial shorthand name (C4 is Winnipeg’s show). By default, Comic-Con is the San Diego, California event. They own the name, sad to say. and the fight over ownership was brutal.

This garden city event was a very relaxed one on Friday. Unlike the huge shows which have a lot to take in, I often have to pick one aspect to focus on and miss the rest. At ECCC, I do not have the time to diverge to play Magic the Gathering or enjoy any role-playing events. With four days, maybe I could. With 4C, in the short two and a half (sorry, but the mid-afternoon Friday and event shutting down 5pm the next two days do not count), I entered a model building contest, caught a bunch of pokemon (yes, I’m still playing that game) in a timed event, played a miniatures battle game (more on this later), talked to one of the guests at length (Mike Quinn is wonderful and multifaceted) and went to a handful of panels. I was not here to shop. When I do, I go to larger nerd celebrations to seek out the elusive than exclusive.

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What’s Next after Rasputin, Voice of the Dragon #5?

8 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics’ Rasputin, The Voice of the Dragon is a fantastic read. If I had to make comparisons, this work takes cues from Young Sherlock Holmes. I spoke with Chris Roberson during Emerald City Comic-Con 2018 and he said this mad monk is not even at full power. More stories are planned.

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and co-writer Roberson are a great team to extend this universe in new ways I highly approve of. They brought everything I adore about Ancient Egypt as a mystery religion in a post-Victorian age to life. The art by Christopher Mitten is consistency fantastic and the color tones by Dave Stewart gives this work a look of early cinema.

This latest issue takes on a vibe from Raiders of the Lost Ark and I love it! Trevor Bruttenholm is literally putting his head in the mouth of the lion. After figuring out who Albert Mayhew is and ascertaining his afterlife, his ghost leads him to France. The following spoilers recap the story so far:

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