She has avenged her father’s death by defeating Dracula, put an end to Frankenstein’s terror and now must take on the mummy of Amun-Ra.
New York City has become a cesspool of monsters, vampires and other demons praying on human blood. It has gotten to the point where NYPD Commissioner Julia Gengrich has offered Liesel a job in the department to hunt the monsters. Just as Liesel turns down the request, an officer barges into the office announcing a hold-up at a fancy party. Is it a human crime or could this be Amun-Ra back for revenge?
Back in January, I gave you five reasons why you should read Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra. Now that I’ve officially read it, there are way more than five reasons to read this comic book. Pat Shand set the story up brilliantly. Even though Amun-Ra does not appear, his presence is felt. It’s sort of like how Boris Karloff played Imhotep in 1932’s The Mummy. You didn’t see him, but you knew he was there somewhere. The scenes of New York City being invaded by monsters did a great job bridging the gap between this title and Van Helsing vs. Frankenstein. The flashbacks were great and set the tone for the story as well as introduced some new characters who I hope will be appearing very soon. We even got a better idea of some of Liesel’s past which has been kept hidden for the most part in the other two series. The God-Queen, who has the power to summon Amun-Ra, is an excellent adversary for Liesel. She is just as cunning and has the same sharp-tongued wit. It’s going to be a joy to see how that battle plays out.
The artwork and colors for this newest title are magnificently done. Marc Rosete did a fantastic job with the God-Queen and her Egyptian temple as well as her Eye of Horus look at the gala. She reminded me of Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra. The opening sequence at the museum was drawn perfectly with the ancient Egyptian pieces in the background. The God-Queen’s temple had a girl strapped to a table which not only harkens back to ancient Egypt but also both the 1932 and 1999 versions of The Mummy. Walter Pereyra did a great job capturing the dark, gritty tones of New York and merging them flawlessly with the brightly-lit opulence of an ancient Egyptian palace. Roberta Ingranata’s flashback scenes were great. They reminded me of the Indiana Jones franchise with the desert sand and the hieroglyphic writing. Fran Gamboa and J.C. Ruiz captured the pale, sun-scorched tones of the desert as well as what aged, worn out desert clothes would look like. Sean Chen and Ivan Nunes carried those tones over to their cover art which is perfectly done.
2017 is certainly the year of The Mummy and it is only fitting that Zenescope and Pat Shand choose this year to debut Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra. It has truly captured the spirit of the earlier films and has even renewed my interest in ancient Egypt which I haven’t studied since high school. This already has the makings to be the best Van Helsing series so far from Zenescope and cannot wait for issue number two. Remember, be sure to visit Zenescope’s website for more information about their titles and characters. Van Helsing vs, The Mummy of Amun-Ra debuts today so don’t forget to visit your local comic shop to pick up a copy…or two, maybe three. It’s that good.
Written by Pat Shand
Artwork by Marc Rosete
Colors by Walter Pereyra
Flashback art by Roberta Ingranata
Flashback colors by Fran Gamboa and J.C. Ruiz
Cover Art by Sean Chen and Ivan Nunes
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)