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Vampirella #10

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 12:00 PM PST

Okay, I've never been much of a horror comic reader in general nor a Vampirella fan in particular. That said, when a comic chooses to celebrate one of my favorite cosplayers with a variant cover I'm all-in to show some support. Way to go Joanie!

For those, like me, a little unsure what they are stepping into, writer Jeremy Whitley does a good job setting the stage for the dystopian future where our heroic vampire now lives and offering a backstory for Pantha who plays a major role in the current plotline. It seems the future is a pretty screwed up shitstorm where no one can die and old friends want you dead.

The former goddess, now cursed bloodthirsty immortal, blames Vampirella for not stopping her descent into madness and apparently is willing to take out centuries of aggression on her former friend including throwing the vampire and her bae into gladiatorial combat. Let's just say things don't go so well for our heroine. If you aren't already a fan there's not much here to grab your interest (other than Joanie's cover). For fans.

[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 10:00 AM PST

Writer/director Jared Moshe's The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a passable, if forgettable, western starring Bill Pullman as Lefty Brown, a screw-up who vows to avenge the death of his closest friend (Peter Fonda). Meanwhile others, including the man's widow (Kathy Baker) are more than willing to believe the crime was committed by Brown himself despite the scarcity of evidence (or credible motive). The performances are solid, and the western vistas are pleasant to watch, so even if the journey doesn't lead anywhere all that interesting it at least makes for a modest diversion.

The film follows the cowboy's misadventures, eventually leading to him discovering the real reason his friend was murdered and seeking vengeance against one of the most powerful men in the territory. The idea of turning the dimwitted sidekick into the central character goes against the western template, but that's really the only place The Ballad of Lefty Brown strays from the expected in a rather straightforward revenge tale.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include deleted scenes, featurettes on the characters and locations of the film, and commentary by Moshe and Pullman.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 - Burning Season

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 08:00 AM PST

Set in 1950s Florida, the B.P.R.D. team of Hellboy, Susan Xiang, and Trevor Bruttenholm is called in to investigate a series of spontaneous human combustions which have local law enforcement baffled. After first eliminating a scientific cause for the incidents (one of which they witness shortly after arriving on the scene), the team instead begins to look for a mystical reason for the bizarre events.

Research by Bruttenholm reveals plenty of bad juju in the area. Susan Xiang's search for a single spirit born out of such suffering and lashing out reveals that it isn't a single entity that the team is dealing with but an accumulation of pain and despair so rich it has been made manifest and is lashing out not to be forgotten. Only Hellboy's immunity to flame lets him survive the latest attack long enough to acknowledge what has happened rather than fight the flaming death that comes for him.

Hellboy One-shot Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 - Burning Season (featuring some terrific art by Paolo Rivera) is unusual in that there isn't a something for Hellboy to defeat, only survive. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

This is Katsucon 2018 Cosplay Music Video Vlog

Posted: 26 Feb 2018 06:00 AM PST