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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Part three of 'The Rise of the Vampires' cross-over event, just illustrates why you should never trust the dead. They'll stiff you for all of the wrong reasons.
Well, Madam Xanadu presumed that her three phase plan would work out alright in the end. (Step 1) Get John and Deadman to persuade Andrew Bennett to return to the land of the living. (Step 2) She, herself, will ride to the astral plane, and ask some big fat Buddah chap to 'realign' something or another back on Earth. And (3) Zatanna and Shade will defend her physical presence whilst she is doing this.
Seems like a straight forward plan, right? But no. Shade buggers off to God know where because his M-Zest goes on the blink. PLus on top of that, Caine hounds Zatanna and Xanadu with every move they make.
Sh*t! Thank God John and Deadman arrive before things get any worse. Make that two dead-men.
I know that it was not meant to be funny, but I did find it amusing when Zatanna said to that Vampire 'Pord Daed!' ('Drop Dead' backwords). As if it was an appropriate thing to say to someone who is already un-dead. Ha!
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
There was an indolent tone all the way through this story, one that just did not give a toss about how people felt or why they should feel it. It is a though this book has turned into the spirit of 'Dirty Harry', and has decided what it wants to show and how it wants to show it.
OK, I know that this does sound like a strange thing to say. But think of it as a more ethereal and spiritual vibe, rather than a physical one.
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Now I am not saying that this was the worst-worst thing that I have ever seen, but the way that the Shade just pissed off was a really strange way for him to go. One minute he's doing his hero bit. Next his Vest goes Boom for no apparent reason what so ever. And finally he walks off into the sunset with some girl.
Horses for courses I suppose.
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: The purgatory sequence was a nice one all in all. It had a nice jovial and muted exuberance compared to the rest of the tale. Plus I did enjoy watching John and Deadman's 'Abbot and Costello' act again. Also, the way that they both ripped there way out of this dimension? Ha! Pure Nicholson.
ART: The splash pages and the colouring are really great on this book. I've seen some of Daniel Sampere's recent work on 'Wolverine'. But it did not look as polished as it does now, thanks to digital colourist, Admira Wijaya. Clean. Sharp. And jam packed with style.
CAINE: Doesn't one time 'He Man', Dolph Lundgren, look like he could take charge of an army of the un-dead? Look behind the eyes. No emotion.
SHADES GIRL, KATHY: Jennifer Connelly always looked like the type of an actress who would fall in love with a nut. She did it in 'The Hulk' movie, huh? So it is possible.
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Never Trust The Vampires With Your Washing. You'd Never Get The Blood Stains Out.
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
OK, so in this story something unexpected happens twice. Plus it has a rather punk edge to it too. Hmmm. 'God Save The Queen' by the Sex Pistols? Why not.
Compared to some of the other instalments of this series, I am afraid to say that this one was not that great a read. Please note, I am not trying to say that it was a naff read. Far from it. Instead, I just found the whole thing to be a bit too blatant as a stepping stone story towards a conclusion.
It was redeemed by its own 'personality' though.
MARKS out of 10? 7.5