Things get very hairy for Liesel Van Helsing!
In the last issue of Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra, Commissioner Julia Gengrich and her officers are ambushed by a group of Egyptian mask-wearing bandits. When the shootout ends, Gengrich is knocked out of her wheelchair and four of her officers are dead. She manages to kill one of the assailants and brings in Liesel to help identify what group they belong to. Her search takes her to Rizzuto’s restaurant, which is a notorious mob hangout. She crashes their party and a wild shootout ensues.
In this newest issue, Liesel is engaged in a fierce battle with a Manticore, a man who transforms into a winged lion. It is a rough battle but she manages to survive and track down a mobster connected to the God-Queen who fills her in on the God-Queen’s next move. Along the way, Liesel starts to have flashbacks of earlier days when a familiar face appeared to her for the first time. Will she get the answers she wants or will the God-Queen stop her once and for all?
We are coming upon the final issues of Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of AMun-Ra which means the plot thickens and the bullets fly. Pat Shand is making sure we get the most out of these last issues by giving us twists and turns at every corner whether they be in present day New York or in Egypt, 1845. There is a sense of mystery and suspense to this series which sets it apart from the other Van Helsing titles. It will be fun to see how Chuck Dixon writes Van Helsing vs. The Wolf Man starting in July. The artwork for this series is always something to behold. Marc Rosete does a fantastic job, especially with the variety of creatures that appear for Liesel to fight. Roberta Ingranata is equally amazing as she is the artists behind the breathtaking flashback sequences. Walter Pereyra’s colors bring Marc Rosete’s art (and monsters) to life in eye-catching fashion. Fran Gamboa and J.C. Ruiz team up to do the flashback colors, which makes the flashback sequences the best part of the series visually. The rustic, muted colors transport the reader back in time to the dust and sands beneath the tombs of Egypt. Sheldon Goh and Ivan Nunes present Liesel in all of her butt-kicking glory on the cover.
It’s going to be sad to see this series end because it also means the end of Pat Shand’s run on Van Helsing. We will miss him but wish him well on his next endeavors. Liesel Van Helsing is a great character who has starred in many a great series. Here is hoping July comes quickly so we can see her in action again. For more on Van Helsing and other great titles, visit Zenescope.com. Van Helsing vs. The Mummy of Amun-Ra #4 is on sale now so be sure to visit your local comic shop to pick up a copy.
Written by Pat Shand
Artwork by Marc Rosete
Colors by Walter Pereyra
Flashback Artwork by Roberta Ingranata
Flashback Colors by Fran Gamboa with J.C. Ruiz
Cover Art by Sheldon Goh and Ivan Nunes
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)