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The Vintage Tempest’s Comic Book Picks for All Hallow’s Eve

2 Oct
Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

When Halloween is near, the only thing we have to fear is the cinematic products coming from Hollywood. Not every vision is slick and this year’s offerings feel slim. Of the five movies coming up, only one feels 100% appropriate (Insidious 3) for the season.

I can get more frights in the sequential art world. From this list, I find rereading them far more delightful and usually more frightful (in a good way).

Here are my picks for the season:

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Hellboy is Getting Reprinted! Omnibus News

13 Sep

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Trying to keep up with the proper reading order for Hellboy is tough but not impossible. Thankfully for those wanting to keep their original comics mint, Dark Horse Books will publish Mike Mignola’s award-winning Hellboy stories in chronological order with the Hellboy Omnibus Collection, creating the definitive reading experience for fans and an ideal entry point for new readers. New cover art will be featured!

Each of the six trade paperback volumes will be priced at $ $24.99 US/$33.99 Canada. The first omnibus will be available in comic stores on May 23, 2018 and in bookstores on June 5, 2018. A glance at their schedule suggests a quarterly release for the next volumes, up till Winter 2019. Both Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1 and Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Volume 1 are available for pre-order now.

In 1994, Mike Mignola released the first series, Seed of Destruction and introduced the world to the Right Hand of Doom, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and one of the most iconic comic book characters—and universes—of all time. For more than 20 years, Mignola and a host of celebrated writers and artists have chronicled the adventures of Hellboy facing his supposed destiny as Beast of the Apocalypse and explored the mysterious backstories of B.P.R.D. agents including Professor Trevor Bruttenholm and Abe Sapien.

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Dark Horse Comics, Ed’s Picks of September 2017

8 Sep

Admittedly, I fell off the wagon in my posts offering my picks of Dark Horse Comics upcoming releases. Trying to review everything is tough. The summer is a busy month because of all the conventions people are going to, and to decide on what I must read or look at (or go see) has me doing the chicken without a head routine, especially when a certain co-writer is unable to post as often as I do.

As I remount to ride again, perhaps this time I can say, “Hi Ho Silver and Away!(?)” Tonto is off in the bushes, preferring to stay low key, and it’ll be up to him to decide when to return.

The material coming in this month is exciting. There are some titles I got to preview and with a thus and therefore, I offer my selections for the month. October will be heavy with horror themed picks from a variety of studios to which it will be fun to boil down to a top thirteen list.

Sept 06

The Black Beetle: Kara Bocek HC

This masked American hero began his adventures in Francesco Francavilla‘s blog, Pulp Sunday back in 2009. When the response was exceptionally good, new stories would appear and eventually, his adventures would drift over to Dark Horse Presents. The noir style and pulp aesthetics are at the centre of why I think this comic is fantastic. The action is kind of like vintage Batman, even though I’m feeling more of a Green Hornet action-style inspiration.

Kara Böcek is an adapted work. Here, Beetle travels to the Middle East incognito (as Tom Sawyer) to fight Nazis in pursuit of a mysterious object of terrible power–a weapon of unknown origin, older than the pyramids, which could fuel the Thousand-Year Reich of Hitler s dreams. This story originally appeared in Dark Horse Presents #28-#32 and I’m glad to see this hardcover reprint.
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There’s No Need for a Hellboy Reboot

8 May

By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Studios desiring a higher profit margin is most likely behind the reason Hellboy is being rebooted. I can not and will not accept anyone other than Ron Perlman to play the title role. When news broke Monday night about this Columbia Pictures distributed film getting a second life, please pardon my french, “F*** No!” Since the business heads could not come eye-to-eye with Guillermo del Toro‘s pitch and the production costs involved (yes, he’s famously known to go over budget), don’t stab this director in the back by saying we’ll simply reboot it with Neil Marshall helming the second incarnation like this series can be changed around like Doctor Who.

Marshall has modest hits like Descent and Dog Soldiers to show he has the chops, but I do not think he has the comic book cred to pull off an R-rated version. Whether that means more blood or scarier content, that remains to be seen as no proper word is given if he will also be part of the script-writing team.

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