Recently, I wanted to sit down and read through all of the Hellboy stories. I know I had read some of them, but I couldn’t remember how many, and I was looking forward to starting on that journey again when Dark Horse announced the arrival of the first of what sounds like a handful of Omnibuses following the types of paranormal adventures that Hellboy likes to find himself in.
Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil takes place in one of my favorite comic book universes right now, that of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer. It also happens to deal with two of my favorite characters from the world: Lucy Weber (the daughter of Black Hammer) and Golden Gail. The main character of the story is Lucy Weber as she uses her journalistic training and unending gumption to track down any answer she can find involving the disappearance of her father and the rest of the heroes after their fight against Anti-God. Doctor Star, another hero (who is currently heading his own Black Hammer spinoff series) gives Lucy the push she needs to begin her hero’s journey. Of all of the characters in the Black Hammer world, she is, by far, the most motivated and strong willed.
I think the showrunners of Westworld binge watched a lot of Game of Thrones during their time off, as Season Two, Episode Two seems like a GoT episode: lots of exposition, four or five running plotlines, nothing resolved, and pawns being moved into place for some crazy stuff three to four episodes from now. But precious little actually happens.
Ghost Island #2 "Crossing Over" (created and written by Joseph Oliveira) continues the tale of Josh Evans, a troubled psychic who is invited by a wealthy man to an island to perform spiritual readings. He arrives at the island with a group of others. They discover that it is a “theme park” of sorts where ghosts are imprisoned in an asylum for public viewing.
The following is an interview with Anita Zaramella regarding her ongoing teen comedy web series, Dawn of the Dad. In this interview, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Zaramella about the inspiration behind the series, her creative process in writing and illustrating the story, and more!
My childhood was steeped in '80s culture. Certain franchises were ingrained in my daily life: Transformers, Ghostbusters, and, of course, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So, imagine my excitement at getting my hands on the Tales of TMNT Omnibus.
There’s a great moment, a sort of getting splashed in the face with cold water moment, in Issue #3 of Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows. We get to see our Golden Age hero, Doctor Star, come face to face with the realities of Vietnam. It’s not lingered on, but that moment says everything about the Black Hammer universe. There was an innocence about the Golden Age of comics which our heroes lived in on a meta-reference level, and now they have to deal with the harsh, post-modern, psychological tortures of our current times.
Continuing after the Battle of Marathon in Xerxes #1, issue two sees the Persian King Darius and his son, Xerxes, leading their armada to Athens. Though the Battle of Marathon was won, Athens itself is not in the proper state to combat the invading Persians. Themistokles, the cunning leader from the first issue, assumes command of all of the women, slaves, and injured of Athens and quickly formulates a plan to trick the Persians that perhaps Athens has more able-bodied soldiers than perceived.
I think if someone said to me, “Simon Spurrier, he’s the guy who…”, it would be the only time I would become indignant over the name of a writer… “Yes, I do in fact know who Simon Spurrier is, thank you.”