Reviewing Zenescope’s latest issue of “Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra.”
In the premiere issue of Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra, the Egyptian wing of a museum is attacked by masked assailants, leaving two security guards dead. They deliver a royal staff to a woman who they refer to as their God-Queen. In the streets of New York, Liesel Van Helsing is being kept very busy fighting off monsters and the supernatural. In fact, it leads to NYPD Commissioner Julia Gengrich to offer Liesel a job on the force to combat monsters. Liesel declines the offer when they get a call about an armed robbery at a ritzy gala. Despite Gengrich’s order to stand down, Liesel cannot help but get in on the action.
In this newest issue, Liesel is still having her way with the masked gunmen at the party. While a few manage to get away, she handles the vast majority of them with ease. The God-Queen instructs those who are left to blame the incident on a group of vampires in an underground speakeasy. In the flashback sequence, Liesel, Gertrude, Valencia and Kostas venture deeper into the tombs of Egypt where they come across a sarcophagus. Valencia has strong visions and insists they open it. However, when they open it, they unleash an unstoppable evil and Gertrude gets a horrifying surprise.
This second issue was excellent! The majority of it was a flashback sequence which was great and really took us into Liesel’s past and how everything with the mummy started to unfold. Pat Shand wrote and told the story in an excellent way. There was no flip-flopping between past and present that could confuse the reader. He continued the robbery sequence, settled it down, then went to the flashback. When the flashback story was told and concluded, he went back to the present to start a new situation that had arisen after the robbery ended. Marc Rosete did a great job once again on the artwork and it further enhanced by Walter Pereyra’s colors. The flashback sequence, courtesy of Fran Gamboa, is the best part of the comic. It was drawn so well and J.C. Ruiz does an amazing job with the faded, mute colors to give it that vintage look. The cover art by Ula Mos and Allan Otero is great. Liesel is given a femme fatale look as she stands among her bandaged adversaries whom she has made sure stay dead.
It was never really easy to pick which Van Helsing, or Zenescope for that matter, title but I think this one is taking the lead. Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra has action, drama and even a bit of ancient history to it which is great. I really enjoy the flashbacks to the tomb expedition and the references to ancient Egypt. It is a great series and I highly recommend it. In fact, I recommend all of Zenescope’s titles, which can be found on their website. Don’t forget to stop into your local comic book shop to pick up your copy of Van Helsing and other Zenescope titles.
Written by Pat Shand
Artwork by Marc Rosete
Colors by Walter Pereyra
Flashback Art by Fran Gamboa
Flashback Colors by J.C. Ruiz
Cover Art by Allan Otero and Ula Mos
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)