Liesel Van Helsing knows how to celebrate “March of Mummies!”
In the last issue of Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra, we were taken back in time where more of Liesel’s past was revealed. When her, Gertrude, Valencia and Kostos open the sarcophagus, the body is Lawrence Wessel, Gertrude’s father. It all goes downhill from there when Valencia’s vision reveals Lawrence was murdered by his men and his blood resurrected the mummy of Amun-Ra. Back in the present day, Liesel must stop some party-crashing robbers at a swanky hotel before they get their hands on Roger Matthews and Sheldon Walsh before they are taken to the God-Queen.
The newest issue opens with a brutal shootout at Commissioner Julia Gengrich’s precinct involving the same Egyptian deathmask-wearing gunmen who serve the God-Queen. She manages to shoot and kill one of them but is knocked out of her wheelchair. When it is all said and done, four officers are dead. Gengrich crawls over to the dead gunman and takes off his mask to show to Liesel. Liesel recognizes the mask but cannot pinpoint the group using the mask and why. Gengrich tips her off about where to find a group of mobsters that may have connections to a group using the mask. Liesel pays them a visit only to meet the God-Queen.
Pat Shand dove into the deep end with the opening of Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra. Right from the start there was action which set up the rest of the story and kept the audience engaged. The flashback sequence with Valencia was great and gave the story a nice, unexpected twist. The best scene in this issue was the mob dinner with Liesel appearing out of nowhere then the God-Queen topping it with her own random appearance. Unfortunately, we won’t know what happens until the next issue. The color and art team is great and it’s great to see them together for every issue so far. Marc Rosete draws up the present day material and Walter Pereyra’s colors bring it to life. When it comes to the flashbacks, Fran Gamboa’s art and J.C. Ruiz’s colors capture the beauty, mystery and now-faded colors of 1845 Egypt. The cover art of Jose Luis and Sanju Nivangune was great. The reader gets a mummy’s eye view of a fierce battle with Liesel.
As we wrap up “March of Mummies” 2017 (no pun intended…or was it?), we hope you all really enjoyed it. It is truly fitting that Zenescope would release the newest issue of Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra in March. It adds to the not only the theme, but the overall spirit of the month which is the legacy of the Mummy not only as a film franchise, but as a character which was bred from real life and has transcended time and all kinds of media. For more on Zenescope, visit their website and don’t forget to visit your local comic shop to pick up Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra.
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 Jose Luis & Sanju Nivangune