Bagged and Boarded Comic Reviews: Vampire Killers, Kid Comics, and More


New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!

Dead World: Restoration No. 2

The world has long-since gone to hell. Zombies roam the earth. The "Zombie King" has been killed and re-born a hundred times. A very powerful half-woman half-zombie calls to her zombie minions. And, worse than all other threats, a new bread of monster is appearing. With four arms, tiger-like strength and agility, and a never-ending hunger for flesh, these creatures are pure destructive force. The survivors are going to have to find a way to cope if they hope to survive.

Bag it or board it up? I'm finally coming to terms with the fact that this comic is nothing like the original 'Dead World' comics. I lacks humor, insanity, and an off-beat, indie storyline. But that's okay. This is still one of the best zombie comics being made today. The artwork is abstract, the layout is very interesting, and the story continues to chug along. It's a fine comic.

Li'l Ernie (One Shot)

In a world where Hellboy and his friends can get the baby treatment (in the fabulous 'Itty Bitty Hellboy') even Evil Ernie can be shrunk down to kid-size. Ernie, awful, nefarious, and quite the troublemaker, is met by Smiley (his conscience). In this child-targeted comic, Smiley is the voice of reason. He tries time after time to get the snotty little brat to behave. But trouble follows wherever Ernie goes, and the two get in all types of misadventures.

Bag it or board it up? I really wanted to rag on this comic for ripping off 'Itty Bitty Hellboy,' but I have to admit: this is a charming little kid's comic. With lots of funny little stories, great sight-gags, and an art style that crackles with nostalgia, I've ended up being swayed by 'Li'l Ernie.' If you've got kids that you want to grow up into slightly maladjusted adults, start them off with this comic.

Baltimore: Chapel of Bones No. 1

The terrible vampire that first encounter Lord Baltimore, the vampire slayer, has laid a trap for friends of the wandering anti-hero. In this comic we see a bit of history behind the man who rides on trains and carries his weapons in big burlap bundles. He's passing by a world being torn apart by the plague and vampires and he's doing less and less to help. But when his friends end up in the "Chapel of Bones" the big question remains: is Baltimore coming to help?

Bag it or board it up? Now is the perfect time to get into the Baltimore comics if you've never read them. Pick this issue up and devour it. It's not a long one, but it's full of information, backstory, and flashbacks about Baltimore himself. And the artwork on this comic is wonderful. This could be the final showdown we've been waiting for, and it's another Mike Mignola home run!

Bad Blood No. 1

Two friends, Kyle and Trick, stick together through tough times. And for Trick, times are really, really tough right now. He's dying of cancer. He doesn't think the chemo is going to work this time. He's pale, sickly, and deathly thin. He's mentally preparing himself for death… but not like this! While sitting on bleachers in his college in Philadelphia he's attacked by a vampire. But his cancer-ridden blood burns and boils the vampire. Disfigured and enraged, the vampire vows his revenge on Trick.

Bag it or board it up? Whoa. What a concept. This is by far the best comic book on shelves this week. It's moving, sad, heartfelt, and doesn't just ride on the laurels of its amazing concept. The artwork (by Eisner Award-winner Tyler Crook) is dream-like and light, with lots of pastels and fading backgrounds. I'm moved by this comic. I don't know where this comic is headed, but I can't wait for the next issue.