We here at Universal Monsters Universe hope you are enjoying “Creature Week” and we thank you for being a part of it. We would like to bring out a special guest that we all know and love, Liesel Van Helsing. She’s back to continue her fight against monsters in New York City starting with the Mothman.
In the premiere issue of Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein, Liesel joined forces with her friends Franklin and Taylor to take on Mothman. She is able to stop him but at grave cost to her friends. Franklin is mortally wounded and Taylor is now a grieving, heartbroken widow. However, love can make us do things we never thought we would do. Taylor takes his body to her lab and notices that even he though his body is dead, his brain is still alive. She asks for Liesel’s help but is met with a harsh rebuttle. Will she take Liesel’s advice or carry on with her plan to keep whatever is left of her husband alive?
Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein #2 is a story that asks the age-old question, “How far would you go to save the one you love?” The person you love has little to no chance of surviving but you do not want to let them go even though you know you should. This is Taylor’s situation and she takes it to a level that even Liesel tries to distance herself from. It’s a superb story told by a superb comic writer, Pat Shand. It’s a story we can either relate to already or one we would rather not relate to at any time in our lives. It is hard to see Taylor as a bad person because she just wants to hold on to the hope she can save the one she loves. However, when we see the result of what Taylor has done, we can see why Liesel would want no part of it. As with all of Zenescope’s titles, a great story is accompanied by great artwork. Leonardo Colapietro and Slamet Mujiono team up for artwork and colors, respectively and it is a thing of beauty. Mike Mahle’s cover is spectacular. The style is a favorite of many and harkens back to classic theater posters of old. From story to artwork to cover, this issue gets FIVE STARS!
What can I say about Zenescope that has not been said already by either myself or other fans? They have such a talented and diverse group of writers and artists who give us an amazing array of stories and characters week after week. Liesel is one of those characters who matches beauty with brains, toughness and pure show-no-mercy attitude. Zenescope may not be the biggest or most world-famous comic book company, but they are up there with the best in terms of product. To learn more about Liesel and her comic book co-stars, visit zenescope.com. Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein #2 hits the shelf on September 14th so mark your calendars!
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Writer: Pat Shand
Artwork: Leonardo Colapietro
Colors: Slamet Mujiono
Cover Art: Mike Mahle
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)