Friday, October 9, 2015
Flesh and Blood by Robert Tinnell and Neil Vokes
I ran across Flesh and Blood while lurking on Amazon. My interest was instantly peaked, being a big fan of Dan Brereton(who did the covers). So I looked into it more. I'm not one for reviews, but I do like to get a general gist of what a book is all about. And with everything I read about Flesh and Blood; the consensus was that it was a Hammer Horror Film in comic form. That further peeked my interest.
Sure enough, the reviews were dead on. Flesh and Blood is a very well done and loving tribute to the golden age of Hammer Horror, just with some added blood and nudity. Some of the characters even look like Hammer actors. There really isn't a lot I can say about it other than if you like Hammer Horror and comics, you should dig Flesh and Blood.
The story, which regular readers know I never like to reveal too much about, takes place in old England(I forget the year, but probably 1800s) and features a cast of Van Helsing, Dracula, Carmilla, Dr. Frankenstein, and more. And being a big fan of the Carmilla character, it was nice to see her in comic form.
There are three graphic novels in the series. I've only read the first, so I'm not sure if it is on-going or has finished its run.
Something I do feel I should point out is the style of artwork. It is a bit strange for this type of book. It has a cartoony almost Bruce Timm-like feel to it, which I really like. I can understand how people would want a more Jose Gonzalez or EC Comics style, but give it a shot! It's actually quite good.
Labels: comics & books