Liesel Van Helsing is back again! Pat Shand brings us yet another epic series starring our favorite vampire hunter!
If you follow Universal Monsters Universe, Zenescope and Liesel Van Helsing are prominent names. Last week, Universal Monsters Universe debuted a new weekend series for 2017 called “Five Reasons…” starting with Syfy’s Van Helsing. In this newest edition, we will profile the upcoming Zenescope series, Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra, set to be released on February 8th.
I. 2017 is the year of everything Mummy
On June 9, 2017, Universal will release its newest incarnation of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella. We will also be celebrating the 85th anniversary of the original 1932 classic The Mummy starring Boris Karloff and Zita Johann. Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra will be the perfect way to get into a Mummy mindset (if UMU didn’t get you there first) as well as give you a great new title to read for the new year.
II. Liesel Van Helsing Is Our Comic Book Woman Crush
Liesel has fought all kinds of monsters and did it over a span of hundreds of years. She is deadly with a crossbow, her fists and a sharp tongue. Even though she has her boyfriend Hades, Robyn Hood and Angelica Blackstone helping her at times, she is fiercely independent. Liesel is opinionated but talks from the heart and wants to see the ones she loves make the right choices. She also makes a trench coat, hat and corset combination look stylish!
III. Pat Shand
Pat Shand has become a great friend to us at Universal Monsters Universe. He is a great writer who is behind Van Helsing vs… as well as other great titles such as Hellchild The Unholy and Spirit Hunters. Pat is even finalizing work on his own independent project Destiny, NY which was funded through Kickstarter. Even though the monsters and magic in his stories are fantasy, the emotions of the characters are real. Not only is Pat Shand a talented writer, he is a great person to talk to. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news on all of his works.
IV. The Artwork
As seen in the image above, the artwork and color for Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra is absolutely stunning. Marc Rosete is the main artist on this title with Fran Gamboa and Roberta Ingranata contributing to the flashback sequences. The desert setting and hieroglyphics are beautifully drawn and colored. Liesel has a new wardrobe which looks very Indiana Jones-inspired and there’s nothing wrong with that. This series is shaping up to be a great one!
V. Thrills, Adventure and Time-travel
Whether it be the original or the 1999 remake, The Mummy always flashed back to ancient times when the title character was alive and as a mummy in modern times. According to Pat Shand, Van Helsing will do the same thing. “The main story is set in modern day New York, as a rash of mob-related crimes leads Liesel to discover a revenge scheme that spans centuries.” This leads into the flashback part of the story. “We flashback to the 1800s…which details her first clash with the mummy during a pyramid exploration.” The series has a Raiders of the Lost Ark feel to it which suggests lots of action in the desert.
We have seen Liesel fight Dracula, she is fighting Frankenstein and now she is about to fight the Mummy. Pat Shand and Zenescope certainly love their classic monsters and know to how to re-invent them for a new generation. Is it possible we could see Liesel fight the Invisible Man one day or the Wolf Man or even the Creature From The Black Lagoon? No one knows for sure but for now we can sit back, relax and read some quality comic book material.
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(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)