With Vlad The Impaler subdued (for now) the X-Men have to make the decision as to whether or not they should risk reanimating the lord of the bloodsuckers so that they can have a good ol’ fashioned heart to heart over the fate of the entire planet. The issue doesn’t hit stores until next Thursday but beyond the break you can check out the 5 page preview of issue #3 of “CURSE OF THE MUTANTS”. Read on for the skinny.
Even though the critical reception for “CURSE OF THE MUTANTS” has been mixed at best, the story continues to fly off the shelves for the folks over at Marvel. Therefore, even though it isn’t getting much praise from critics it would be safe to assume that someone out there is finding something to enjoy. So if you are in that group then beyond the break you’ll be happy to hear that we have a 3 page preview of the third issue that goes on sale September 9th. Read on for the skinny.
I guess Marvel had to combat “AMERICAN VAMPIRE” somehow. Today it was announced that the publisher would be adding its own vampire themed mini to its summer arsenal by taking on Bram Stoker’s classic “DRACULA” with a title by the same name. (As if we needed ANOTHER adaptation) Click on beyond the break for all the details. “The original story of the novel is mainly composed of journal entries and letters written by several narrators who also serve as the novel’s main protagonists; Stoker supplemented the story with occasional newspaper clippings to relate events not directly witnessed by the story’s characters. The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying by train and carriage from England to Count Dracula’s crumbling, remote castle (situated in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina and Moldavia). The purpose of his mission is to provide legal support to Dracula for a real estate transaction overseen by Harker’s employer, Peter Hawkins, of Exeter in England. At first enticed by Dracula’s gracious manner, Harker soon discovers that he has become a prisoner in the castle.”
In case you missed the news, Hammer Films mainstay, Sir Christopher Lee is deep in the throes of creating an epic Metal concept album based on the life of Charlemagne. You know Lee as playing Dracula in a host of Hammer Horror Films, Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man and as Saruman in the Lord of The Rings Trilogy. What you may have been unaware of is the fact that Lee is a descendant of Charlemagne who is best revered as the founding father of both the French and German monarchies. And you may have also been unaware that Lee is a classically trained singer who loves epic Metal.
Lee’s voice has been exlated before. Let us not forget his work for The Wicker Man soundtrack (it should be mentioned that in 2010, the film The Wicker Tree, will be released. Lee reprises his role as Lord Summerisle in Robin Hardy’s remaining of his own 1973 film). He also has released a solo album (2006’s Revelation), and appeared on albums with Italian symphonic Metal band Rhapsody. It’s been a natural progression for Lee. The album “Charlemagne: By The Sword and the Cross” has a slated release date for the Ides of March (March 15,2010). READ MORE
Slim pickings this week for new comic releases. The biggest one has to be the final issue of Marvel Zombies 4, it’s been pretty good so far so let’s hope it ends well. There are a couple other comics coming out, so check out after the break for the rest…
Comic book day this week is kind of a treat for me. Not only is there a new Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and Goon. There is also the awesome graphic novel adaptation of Dracula by Ben Templesmith. I hate and love the money I’ll be spending…I guess I’m helping the economy. Full list after the break.
Ben Templesmith released some more images of his Dracula reworking off his blog. These three images are getting me excited for the upcoming 27 all new color images to go along with the story. Hit the jump to see the other two…
After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker’s fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker’s friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.
After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian mountains in eastern Europe, Renfield enters castle Dracula to finalize the transferral of Carfax Abbey in London to Count Dracula, who is in actuality a vampire. Renfield is drugged by the eerily hypnotic count, and turned into one of his thralls, protecting him during his sea voyage to London. After sucking the blood and turning the young Lucy Weston into a vampire, Dracula turns his attention to her friend Mina Seward, daughter of Dr. Seward who then calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, to diagnose the sudden deterioration of Mina’s health. Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire, tries to prepare Mina’s fiance, John Harker, and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead.