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Comic Book Review: Nosferatu Wars (One-Shot)

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Horror/March 12, 2014/Color/40 Pages/One-Shot/$3.99

Dark Horse Comics

Written by: Steve Niles

Artist: menton3

Cover: menton3

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Synopsis :

If the undead have glory days, then the Black Plague was the era they never could have imagined. No longer hunted, no longer suspected, the vampires ran, exempt from fear. They were free to play—until the night the vampires turned against each other.

Dark Horse Comics satisfies the horror comic fans once again by releasing this one-shot of Nosferatu Wars. Steve Niles’ brilliant writing has always been a favorite among horror fans. Some may recognize his name from such titles as Breath of Bones30 Days of NightCriminal Macabre, and Clive Barker’s Book of Blood. Nosferatu Wars brings together #1-4 of the series which was Originally Published in Dark Horse Presents #26-#29. The story definitely keeps you interested and wanting more.  I absolutley loved this book from front to back.   Hopefully in the future they will continue this saga, which has a lot of potential to spawn a great series. This comic also features the phenomenal artwork of menton3, which brings the dark macabre of this story to life. The cover itself is enough to draw in any horror fans that come across it, and mostof all it brings a great story that matches. So if you are looking for a great horror comic fix, definitely pick up Steve Niles’ Nosferatu Wars.

Also, Niles is currently collaborating with Damian Worm on a 3-issue comic called Monster and Madman (Review Coming Soon), a tale of Frankenstein’s Monster with Jack the Ripper.  The first issue was published on 12 March 2014, with the remaining issues due in April and May 2014.

In March 2014, IDW announced that Niles and Worm would again be collaborating on a title, Niles’ first monthly ongoing title (having always worked on mini-series during the rest of his career). The title will be The October Faction, and it is due to be published in Fall 2014

Review by Jason Thomas (JasonMichaelMyers)

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Video Game Review: Batman: Arkham City: Harley Quinn’s Revenge

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After the demise of her beloved Mr. J, Harley Quinn is out for revenge against Batman and anyone that tries to help him stop her and her goons. In this downloadable add-on for Batman: Arkham City, you play as Robin and Batman in an attempt to stop Harley Quinn from destroying Arkham City and anyone that gets in her way.

harley-quinns-revenge-2Harley Quinn’s Revenge adds an additional two hours of game play to Batman: Arkham City. If you already own the game, you can purchase the download through the main menu of the game. It is a little steep for only two hours of game play at $9.99.

Harley Quinn gets yet another makeover for her oneshot, self-titled video game debut. She is in mourning, so her costume, hair and makeup has gotten a lot darker. I love her new look and attitude.

The game opens with Robin speaking to Barbara as they try to figure out what has happened to Batman. You start off as the boy wonder,who has gotten a pretty anti boy wonder, ninja type makeover, searching Arkham City for signs of the Dark Knight. I 2373725-bac_hqr_006love that they offer game play as two different characters, it helps make the price paid for it a little more worth it considering the Robin bundle for the main game is $9.99 itself.

The difficulty level of finding Batman and taking on Harley Quinn as Robin I would rate as fairly challenging.

Once you save Batman, you then continue through the rest of the game as the Dark Knight. The graphics are fantastic and the story line is definitely worth checking out. My main complaint is that the additional two hours seemed to be a lot less than two hours to me. I guess if you are hqrreview2new to gaming or just learning how to play this style game, it may really take two hours.  It is however, more challenging than Arkham City.

All in all, I enjoyed Harley Quinn’s Revenge and I am quite happy with forking over the $10.94 (after tax) for it. I highly recommend this to any Batman fan that enjoyed Arkham City that wanted a little more out of the game. I would not recommend this to anyone that has not played either Arkham Asylum or Arkham City as you can not adjust the difficulty level, so it may be a bit more challenging if you have never played this type of game before.

 

Video Game Review: Batman: Arkham City

arkham_city_360_final1Manufacturer: Warner Bros.

Developer: Rocksteady Studios

Genre: Action

Rating: Teen (violence, blood, alcohol use, sexual innuendos, language)

Downloadable Content: Catwoman Bundle, Robin Bundle, Nightwing Bundle, Avatar Costumes, Themes, Harley Quinn’s Revenge (separate review coming)

Platform: XBOX 360

Buy Batman: Arkham City

I know I’m going a little out of order with this review since Arkham City comes after Batman: Arkham Asylum, but I personally prefer Arkham City.

Picking up right after Arkham Asylum, in Batman: Arkham City you play as Batman hunting down villains such as Joker, ArkhamCityJokerHarley Quinn, Penguin, Hugo Strange, Mr. Freeze, Bane and many others while trying to save Gotham. With the downloadable character bundles, you can also play as Catwoman, Robin or Nightwing.

The story line for this game is way better than Arkham Asylum. I love the idea of facing more than just one of Gotham’s famous villains. I know there were similar situations in Arkham Asylum, but there is more than just Joker and Harley Quinn in the main focus. Penguin gets quite a large story line himself. I makes the game more challenging and keeps the game interesting.

The one thing I really didn’t care for was the amount of side missions. Similar to Arkham Asylum, there are side missions for Riddler, but in Arkham City, there are a lot more side missions such as working with Bane to destroy TITAN containers, finding Nora Fries, playing a serious game of phone tag with Victor Zsasz and many others. All of these side missions clutter the map and make it harder to concentrate on the main objectives of the game. Some side missions are great, but there are way too many.

640x773HarleyQuinnDLCBattman1Through the years, every Batman character has gotten a more modern makeover. The new looks of the villains in Arkham City are the best so far. The looks are almost a steampunk style. Harley Quinn is the most drastic makeover. The mask and headpiece are gone and she dawns skin tight, leather getup. The one makeover I did not care much for was Penguin.

*SPOILER ALERT* (If you have yet to play this game and do not want to know what happens at the end, skip the next paragraph)

Joker infects Batman with his blood that has been tainted by the TITAN formula, and now Batman has to work with Freeze to make a cure for the disease. The cure does get manufactured, but Joker messes up and shatters the vile that contains the cure after Batman takes some. Joker and Batman exchange one more witty round of verbal blows Arkham_City_Penguinbefore Joker meets his demise. While this idea is a good one, I would have liked to have seen a villain of Joker’s status have a more extreme end. Batman carried Joker’s lifeless body out of the Steel Mill and lays him out on the hood of a police car in front of Jim Gordon and Harley Quinn. Batman shoulders the responsibility of Joker’s death because he could have saved him, and he leaves in a very dark state. Which brings us to Harley Quinn’s Revenge.

All in all, I loved Batman: Arkham City. The story line and characters made the game both challenging and a lot of fun to play. I highly recommend this one to any Batman fan.

Stay tuned for the review of Harley Quinn’s Revenge!

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Comic Book Review: Harley Quinn #3

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DC Comics

Series: Harley Quinn 2013

Released: February 19, 2014

Issue: #3

Price: $2.99

Page Count: 32 Pages

Color/B&W: Color

Written by: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Art by: Chad Hardin

Cover by: Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson

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Purchased at: Heroic Adventures

In issue #2, Harley and Ivy saved some puppies and had a sleepover, and Ivy left a plant for Harley. Now in issue #3, it is Valentine’s Day and poor Harley Quinn is missing her puddin’. Harley can’t catch a break or find a date, but after landing a new job, she decides to eat some of the mysterious berries growing on the plant Ivy left for her. After eating the berries and dolling herself up to celebrate her new job, Harley is the center of everyone’s attention and has no problem finding a date.

This series is really turning out to be a good one. Harley always loved Joker a lot no matter how bad he treated her, so I love that DC decided to give her a Valentine’s Day issue.

The cover is the first thing anyone notices about any book, and Amanda Conner and Dave Johnson created a beautiful cover. The design screams Harley Quinn and the colors are simple, but they still pop.

The story was flawlessly written. This 32 page issue had more twists and excitement than a lot of novels that I have read.

One of my personal favorite things about comic books is the artwork. The artwork in this book was phenomenal. Each panel had greatly detailed, brilliantly colored pictures.

Harley Quinn #4 will be available March 19, 2014, and I for one cannot wait for the next issue.

Here is a little preview for #4: HARLEY_QUINN_4

Meet Harley’s new neighbors, and shudder at the horrifying realization that they are so twisted they make her seem like the normal one on the block!

 

 

Comic Book Giveaway: 2/22/14 – 3/1/14

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Welcome to the first monthly comic book giveaway from Little Blog of Horror. Below you will find the rules, dates, how to enter and the cover and synopsis of each book.

Starts: February 22, 2014

Ends: March 1, 2014

Giveaway:

  • DC New! 52 Harley Quinn #1 (DC Comics)
  • George A. Romero Empire of the Dead #1 (Marvel)
  • Dexter Down Under #1 (Marvel)
  • Tales From Oz: Tin Man #1 (Zenescope)
  • A double sided promotional poster, side 1- Ms Marvel side 2- Thor

*All books are in bags with boards*

Rules:

  • One entry per person
  • Must be following this blog by either clicking the follow button or following by email (on the left side of the page).
  • Only entries submitted between 2/22 and 3/1 will be counted.

How to Enter:

Use only one of the following ways to enter.

  1. Send an email to lbohgiveaway@yahoo.com (email must contain your real name and your twitter name (if you have one, having a twitter does not increase your chances of winning)
  2. Leave a comment on this post
  3. Repost and hashtag the Instagram photo

 

How is the winner going to be chosen?

  • Your name will be entered into a random drawing ap (only your real name)
  • A name will be randomly chosen.
  • Once a winner is chosen, There will be a post made on here and the winner will be contacted via email.

About the books:

harley-quinn-1-coverHarley Quinn #1:

Harley is set to begin her new life, but she needs a job first! Enter the Coney Island Roller Derby! It’s game time as Harley sets out to destroy her competition—literally!

20140213-163548George A. Romero – Empire of the Dead #1:

“Empire of the Dead” is fittingly set in the Empire State, and more specifically Manhattan, and begins with the arrival of a Columbia State University doctor who’s come to New York to try and conduct experiments to influence zombie behavior. She pals around with a special agent from the mayor who captures the undead, or “stinkers” as they’re called here, for gladiator-type entertainment.

$_57Dexter Down Under #1:

It’s a new, blood-soaked adventure starring Dexter Morgan, who isn’t just Miami’s #1 forensic blood splatter expert…he’s also a serial killer who targets other serial killers!When Dexter travels down under, he quickly discovers that sharks aren’t Australia’s only deadly predator!

TFOZ01_coverA-455x700Tales From Oz: Tin Man #1:

The first of three Oz origin stories tells the tale of Dorothy’s axe-wielding companion, the Tin Man. Is he a hero or a villain? Is he a soldier of the witch or an ally of Dorothy? The Tin Man’s actions have been cloaked in a shroud of mystery… up until now. Journey into Oz’s past, when a simple woodsman was transformed into a monstrosity.

GOOD LUCK!

Monthly Comic Book Giveaway

I will soon be starting a monthly comic book giveaway. It may only be one book at a time or more, I haven’t decided yet. I am aiming to pick up the book(s) for the first giveaway on Friday. The giveaways will probably be predominately Marvel and DC, but I am a fan of other companies such as Zenescope, image and Dynamite. If you are or know a self-published/indie comic writer/artist and you you like me to host a give away of one of your books, email me at littleblogofhorror@yahoo.com

My husband and I will alternate picking the book(s) for the giveaway, and we may sometimes collaborate on one.

I know not everyone is on every social media site, so to make it fair, I will host the giveaways through my blog. I may occasionally do a special giveaway on a specific social media site, but I will always have the main giveaway hosted through here.

I have not come up with the rules for entering yet, but I will use a randomized way of choosing the winner.

Check back on Friday or Saturday for more details!

THE NEW 52!: Batman: Joker’s Daughter

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DC Comics/February 5, 2014/One Shot/#1/$4.99/48 Pages/Color/Rated T

Written by: Marguerite Bennett

Art by: Meghan Hetrick-Murante

Cover by: Georges Jeanty

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Joker’s Daughter is not new to the DC universe, but like many other DC characters, she has received a makeover in this “THE NEW 52!” one shot. She made her New 52! appearance in the revamp of the Catwoman series where she was sporting the Joker’s face as a flesh mask after it was cut off by the Dollmaker.

I picked this up on my weekly visit to my local comic shop (Heroic Adventures).  The cover and story both looked promising.

Who is The Joker’s Daughter? What horrors lurk in the mind of this deranged lunatic, and why is there more to her than meets the eye? More than just a crazy person who stumbled upon The Joker’s face, more than just a woman with a mission, The Joker’s Daughter sees herself as a woman on the path of greed, dominance and lordship over the Gotham Underground. This special issue tells a sordid tale in the life of one of DC’s most popular new villains!

The art work in this book is absolutely stunning. The colors are all dark, but they still pop. Each panel is beautifully detailed.

The story that Marguerite Bennett wrote is creepy and suspenseful. I am a huge fan of Harley Quinn, but Joker’s Daughter may be the creepier, most sadistic female version of Joker.

The only spoilers that I will give you about this issue, Joker’s Daughter goes after the Dollmaker to make the Joker flesh mask her real face. It is a twisted, graphic sequence that results in a new crowned princess of crime. Not only does she get a creepy new face, but she goes as far as having the blood of Joker injected into herself.

If you are a fan of Joker, Harley Quinn or the previous appearances of Joker’s Daughter, I highly recommend this book to you. It is a great read and you won’t be disappointed. I really hope DC decides to either write her into more stories in other series, giver her her own series or both. I am loving this character.

The Return of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4

Last night the long wait to walk with the dead finally ended. ‘The Walking Dead’ returned with a bang with an episode aptly titled “After”.

“After” picked up right where the mid season finale ended. The episode was focused mainly on Rick and Carl and the changes that the two of them have gone through. Michonne was the other main character featured. If you have not seen it yet, I’m sorry ladies, no Daryl until next week.

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‘The Walking Dead’ is notorious for making one specific character the focus of an episode. Carl was the one in the spotlight this week. Carl is beginning to grow into a man, and now that his father is out of the game for a bit recovering from his injuries, he is one going out and finding supplies. Carl has a melt down while Rick is passed out on the couch. He tells Rick that he would be fine if he died. He pretty much blamed Rick for Hershel’s death and the Governor’s attack that separated their group. I do not want to give too much away, but there are a couple of close calls while he is out on his own. Carl’s innocence may have been lost, but like the 13 year old boy that he is, there is nothing that 112 ounces of pudding can’t fix. Chandler Riggs is without a doubt one of the most promising, young actors I have ever seen, and I for one can not wait to see how he continues to grow.

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Michonne has become not only a main character, but a fan favorite. How much do we know about Michonne’s past? Well until last night, not very much at all. While on her own, she falls asleep in a car and we join her, her dead boyfriend and his friend in a dream. *SPOILER ALERT* Michonne was a mother. In this dream, we get a little insight into who Michonne was before the walkers and how she became who she is today. The dream also helps to explain shy Michonne got emotional in the last half of the season when Beth handed Judith to her. She does not get emotional often, but there are some tears that flow from her after she takes down a group of walkers. I loved getting to see the real Michonne.

There were a few humorous moments mixed in with the drama. There is a reunion at the end of the episode.

I for one am loving the direction the season is going. Here is a sneak peak at next week’s episode “Inmates”

 

Comic Book Review: Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland Asylum #1

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Now Available

Zenescope/Fantasy/Rated 17+/25 Pages/Color/#1/4 Variant Covers

Cover Price: $3.99

Written by: Patrick Shand

Art: Tony Brescini

Color: Fran Gamboa & J.C. Ruiz

5 Part Mini-Series
Buy GFT Wonderland Asylum #1 (of 5)

 

 

While browsing my local comic shop (Heroic Adventures), I stumbled upon this new 5 part Wonderland mini-series from Zenescope.  Wonderland Asylum is a part of the Grimm Fairy Tale Wonderland series, taking place after Wonderland #19.

The first thing everyone sees is the cover.  This particular cover (pictured above), as well as the other 4 variant covers, are all simple and clean yet eye catching.

The story lines are very dark, borderline horror.  Wonderland Asylum, in my opinion, is the darkest yet.  There are not a lot of words to this particular issue, but the parts that do contain dialogue or words of any type are very well written and well structured.

If you are familiar with the Grimm Fairy Tale lines, they take everyday characters from fairy tales and give them a very risque, burlesque makeover. The artwork is phenomenal.  Every panel is greatly detailed.  I am a huge fan of unique artwork, especially in comic books, and Tony Brescini delivered some of the most unique art I have ever seen between two covers.  Fran Gamboa and J.C. Ruiz did a fantastic job with the colors. They are vibrant and eye catching.

Overall, I really enjoyed Wonderland Asylum, and would recommend it to anyone that has been a fan of the previous Grimm Fairy Tales books.  I fully intend to collect the entire mini-series.  Part 2 of 5 will be available Wednesday, February 19th

Comic Book Review: DC New 52! Harley Quinn #2

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“Helter Shelter”

Now Available

Cover Price: $2.99

Written By: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti

Art: Chad Hardin & Stephane Roux

Cover: Amanda Conner

Rated T/ 32 Pages/ Color/No Variant covers

Buy Harley Quinn #2

 

 

 

 

As promised, I am keeping up with the lovely Harley Quinn and her new adventures in her DC New 52! series.  Harley 2013 is shaping up to be a great comic series.  In issues #0 we met the artists and their visions of Harley and in #1, Harley’s new story began.  Harley is now on issue #2 of this new story.

As many of you remember from the original Batman animated series and the other line of Harley Quinn comics, she had a few friends.  The Joker aka Mr. J/Puddin’ and the lovely Poison Ivy.  In #2, Harley’s best friend Poison Ivy makes an appearance to help her rescue some animals that are about to be put down at a local shelter, hence the name “Helter Shelter”.  There is also a brief cameo of Mr. J at the beginning, it is just a statue, but his likeness is used briefly.

There are a lot of comedic moments in #2.  There isn’t a lot of back and forth banter between Ivy and Harley, but what is there is quite funny.  There are a lot of moments that are very reminiscent of the older Harley series.  The biggest change is that Harley, so far, has been more of a heroine than a villain. In this issue especially, Harley shows a softer, more emotional side.

I do disagree with the rating of T for this series.  There have been a lot of sexual innuendos and near nudity, in #2 especially.  Towards the ends, there are a few panels of Harley and Ivy barely clothed sharing a bed.  Just be prepared for some dirty talk, lots of cartoon cleavage and occasional booty shots.

The cover art is very colorful and eye catching.  The art on the inside is just as appealing.  The colors are vibrant and the illustrations are very well detailed. The great artwork makes up for the lack of reading.

Overall, I loved Harley Quinn 2013 #2.  It was funny, witty, sassy and very well structured.  I would recommend this new series and will continue to read it myself.

Issue #3 is due out on Wednesday, February 19th

If you are interested in the series but have not picked up #0 or #1, click the links below, and there is a link at the top to purchase #2.

Buy Harley Quinn #0
Buy Harley Quinn #1