For the past few weeks, Universal Monsters Universe has been reviewing Zenescope Entertainment’s Van Helsing vs. Dracula series in anticipation of the fall debut of Syfy’s Van Helsing starring Kelly Overton. Liesel, accompanied by her boyfriend Hades and her friend Jonathan Harker, must stop Dracula and his army of vampire slaves from taking over the world. In the previous issue, Liesel learned from the Steward of Rome how to kill Dracula. The streets of London have begun to run red with the blood of human and vampires alike as she and her friends try to save Mina and those under Dracula’s control. Will this be the day Dracula stays dead?
This series was only five issues but it was an entertaining five issues. The story flowed very well and nothing was rushed for time. The final battle was done very well. There was blood, body parts and even some romance between Jonathan and Mina. Robyn Hood, Sam and Marian even made an appearance to help Liesel. Pat Shand delivered an epic finale; he delivers every issue he writes with dedication and expert narrative. Michele Bandini provides spectacular artwork which is made even better by Walter Pereyra’s colors. The cover, a joint effort of Buzz and Ivan Nunes, was very well done.
It’s sad to see such a great comic series end but from the way the story ended, it’s safe to say we have not seen the last of Liesel Van Helsing. She has become a favorite of mine next to Robyn Hood in the Zenescope character line-up. They are both strong, independent and love a good fight. Zenescope Entertainment’s team of writers and artists are one of the best in comics and I enjoy everything they produce. If you haven’t read a Zenescope title yet, I suggest you do. You will not be disappointed.
Van Helsing vs. Dracula issue 5 gets five stars! It’s out now and can be picked up at your local comic shop.
The terrifying tale of horror’s biggest icon comes to a close! As Dracula’s minions paint London red, Van Helsing enters her final conflict with the vampire that can’t die. Everything is on the line, and only one will survive!