Tag Archives: Dark Horse Comics

Deep in the Throat of Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #4, Hellboy Omnibus News & More!

6 Feb

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Releases Feb 7th
  • Mild Spoiler Alert

The action in Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon #4 by Dark Horse Comics is getting intense. In what readers know so far, Sandu and Bruttenholm went behind enemy lines to figure out what the ghost of Albert Mayhew represents. The Nazis are interested in him. The last issue saw them discover macabre experiments to bring the dead back to life. It’s funny to see how the Nazi’s treat the dead. Or rather, in how somewhat Frankenstein their attempts are like. Instead of stitching different bodies together, they are brought back to life with bubble nodules, rubber tubes, and Tesla coils. The artwork of Christopher Mitten really shines here. The designs for the jackal guardians are simply fantastic!

The dual is now behind enemy lines to investigate what the enemy is up to. Unfortunately, have been captured, and just how they can escape will require a miracle.

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You Don’t Have to Ride a Dark Horse to run away from, er read Hungry Ghosts!

27 Jan

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

  • Mild spoiler alert

Author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential) and novelist Joel Rose are back with more culinary shenanigans in Hungry Ghosts. They wrote Get Jiro!, a send-up about food culture for DC/Vertigo six years ago and their play on words with this new title (published by Dark Horse Comics) is not a send-up on the traditional meaning, where ancestral spirits are forgotten by future generations.  With this new work, veneration is explored in a different sense.

On a dark, haunted night, Mr. Fedachenko, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of Michelin star international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles—where each storyteller has to tell a terrifying tale. Each of them better pray they can survive the challenge. This game is not like Russian Roulette. Instead, it’s a test of courage and perhaps a means to summon the undead. By the time the last candle is blown out, the hope nothing demonic is present.

Issue #1 is due to hit stands January 31st. In my preview, I was salivating over the modern delights of this retelling and modernization of supernatural lore from Japan. I find this culture’s — and my own (China) — take on the paranormal far more phantasmagorical than their Western cousins. Nothing against Europe and the gothic tradition, but in Asia, the often colourful and misty backdrop makes for a far more worrisome world for mortals to live in. In Japan, this world is revered. In Europe, it was often feared.

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Putting the Jigsaw together in Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon #3, A Review

26 Dec

3001423By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

*Spoiler Alert

The tides of the occult war is coming together very nicely in Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon #3. To see Dark Horse Comics put this title out twice in December is because of how the holidays are falling into place in this Gregorian calendar.  This issue comes packed to let readers see how the conflict will come to head. Both sides are after the same thing. The question is who will get the secrets to reanimation first.

Issue four will not be till February. This issue comes out after Boxing day; the only punches being delivered are in waiting for this mad monk to deliver a blow to show which side is going to win.

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Solstice Treats for the Discerning Comic Book Reader

20 Dec

Comic-Geddon HellboyBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

The Yuletide is a great time to cozy up to some ghost stories or a work in the tradition of Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers. In this day and age, to decide on what notable classic to warm up to is tough. Perhaps it’s time to expand on what’s available in the supernatural realm as not every year has to be about Krampus and spirits. Though the pickings seem to be slim this year, Hellboy may have something to say in this lead-in to the upcoming comic book offerings for the season.

Hellboy Krampusnacht
Writer: Mike Mignola
Art & Cover: Adam Hughes
Ships Dec 20

Unlike previous year’s specials for the season, this release will offer a one-shot where Hellboy is going up against this alpine creature of Slavic origin. Others may argue Germanic. Perhaps that’s the reason why Krampus is always grumpy. Two legends will be locking horns in the worse way possible. In what makes this story special is that it marks Adam Hughes (cover artist for many titles) first contribution to this universe.

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