Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review- Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave No. 3

Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave No. 3 (Monsterverse, cover date April, 2013)
Writers: Sam F. Park, Michael Leal, Benton Jew, Mike Hoffman, Jonathon Sparks, and Joe Friere
Artists: Henry Mayo, Nik Poliwko, Benton Jew, Kerry Gammill, Mike Hoffman, Joe Friere, and Rob Brown

This was an impulse buy. I've seen this series listed in the back of Previews, and was curious about it. I was in a comic shop and saw it, picked it up and flipped through it, and bought it. This is a Horror anthology, “hosted” by Bela Lugosi in the tradition of Boris Karloff hosting his title for Gold Key in the '60s and Bluewater having Vincent Price hosting his series.

This issue is divided into four stories, plus one text piece and a one page gag. The writing and artwork are all good, solid stuff in the vein of post-EC/ Silver Age Horror like Creepy and Eerie. The Last Survivor is a clever riff on the zombie, while The Mummy's Ring is as traditional a Horror story as we could get. I love mummies. Second To None is the winner in this issue for me, though. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this series, and will definitely check out more in the future.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4 out of 5.

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