Review – The Occultist #3 of 3

Story: Mike Richardson & Tim Seeley
Script: Tim Seeley
Art: Victor Drujiniu
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Steve Morris
Published By: Dark Horse

In the last issue of The Occultist we saw a man who appeared extremely paranoid, going so far as having guests go through a body scanner before being able to enter his home. We soon learned that this man was not at all paranoid, in fact, the precautions he took were not enough. We saw his brutal demise, which is now where the latest installment of The Occultist begins. The cops are investigating the horrendous scene and Rob is off in another dimension. Rob is trying to reason with the bounty hunter that took him and Detective Melendez to this other realm right before they were killed. Just as Rob is making some headway with the bounty hunter he is again sucked back into the previous realm where his girlfriend is being held captive by the big scary monster. There is a lot going on in Rob’s life and he is just beginning to have a clear understanding of how everything works. He has very little time to figure out how to save his girlfriend, himself and for all intents and purposes the world! Will he be able to do it and will the Sword help him?

This is the last issue until Dark Horse Presents #11 and the initial storyline is wrapped up nicely. There will undoubtedly be new questions and adventures when the series returns, some of which have already been introduced in this issue. I enjoyed this 3 part series very much, but maybe it should have been a 4 part series so the wrap-up didn’t feel as rushed (not in terms of content or quality, it just felt hectic). Regardless, it was a fun ride and I will definitely be looking forward to and reading the next installment.

Release Date: January 11th, 2012

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review: The Occultist #2 of 3

Created By: Mike Richardson
Story: Mike Richardson and Tim Seeley
Script: Tim Seeley
Art: Victor Drujiniu
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Cover: Steve Morris
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Published By: Dark Horse

The beginning of this issue of The Occultist is a bit confusing, but as the story progresses it all comes together quite nicely.  Rob and Detective Melendez are out (although she’s still unsure why and how she’s there) narrowly missing death at each turn and we begin to see the Sword has taken the wheel and Rob’s more or less just along for the ride.  To say that Rob has a few enemies is an understatement, there seems to be an endless amount of baddies looking to get to him (the Sword) first.  Added to the price that has been bestowed upon his somewhat clueless head is that he is also trying to keep Detective Melendez AND his girlfriend safe, failing at the latter.  As Rob tries to juggle understanding his new role and maintaining some semblance of his previous life, we really get a sense of just how hectic his life has become. We learn that Rob is different from previous people who the Sword had chosen, he’s not a power-hungry psycho, rather, he’s just a normal college kid who has experienced particular circumstances.  It seems that the flashback to his childhood plays a major role into why he was chosen.

I really enjoyed this issue.  The Occultist has a lot of action and is very fast paced.  There is so much going on and so many characters that you really have to pay attention.  The dialog and story progression are excellent, as is the art.  An entertaining read and a definite recommendation.  Transforming monsters, a bounty hunter with a conscience, clueless college kids, this comic really has it all!

Release Date: December 14, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

 

Halloween Horror Nights 2011 Returns

It’s back, Universal studios is bringing the terror and excitement back this season with Halloween Horror Nights 2011! The Eyegore awards, six mazes including Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision, Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare, Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season and more.

Curious about when you can get started on this madness? Check out the dates below.

September:
23, 24, 30

October:
1,,7,8,9,14,15,16,20,21,22,23,27,28,29,30,31

Times:
Nightly from 7pm and closing hours vary by night  (weekends always run later than weekdays)

Tickets Available:
Standard, Front of Line (allows priority to mazes and park attractions), VIP (unlimited front of line access, vampire lounge, backlot)

With an entire set of events based on recent horror and monster flicks it’s hard to pass them up, tickets  are already on sale so get them while you can.

Rob Zombie joins Halloween Horror Nights line-up

When horror inspired sidewalks aren’t enough, it’s time to call in the Zombie himself. The 2010 event gets new life with House of 1000 Corpses in 3D ZombieVision for those who attend, for those looking to get fright on the go, Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen will also be available on the map.

New mazes and traps await those who join the festivities this year, the Halloween Horror Nights Film Competition will show off the winning entries to the masses. For those unsure about attending, the rest of the park will remain active to provide alternative thrills if shock and horror are too much at times.

For more information hit the website.

Mattel brings their Comic-Con 2010 schedule out

Mattel is a king at Comic-Con, bringing the latest exclusives and creating massive lines and hysteria across the center of the exhibition hall. With collectors and fans crammed together to get the latest creations it is easy to forget that they have other plans for the show.

Here’s a breakdown of the features at the booth.

Thursday – Saturday:

  • The Four Horsemen (Jim Preziosi, Eric “Cornboy” Mayse, Eric Treadaway and Chris Dahlberg) – Famous action figure sculptures making appearances and signing autographs, check times at the booth.
  • WWE Superstars (The Miz, John Morrison, The Bella Twins, Chris Masters, Melina and Kane – Top Talent from Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown will be signing autographs.

Friday:

  • Seth Green and Matthew Senreich – Co-creators of “Robot Chicken” animated television series will be signing autographs
  • Rob Dydek – Professional skateboarder and television star who created Wild Grinders will be signing autographs. (Fri and Sat)

Panels:

Thursday:

  • Mattel and WWE: The Ultimate Tag Team

Friday:

  • Mattel and DC Comics: A Heroic Partnership

Sunday:

  • Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 Season 2 screening and panel

Halloween Horror Nights 2010 submissions open

We’re coming up on the Fall in just a few months, with limited time available Universal Studios and Rob Zombie are taking submissions for Halloween Horror Nights 2010. Offering short films of the year a chance to be judged and shown on Chiller TV, Syfy.com and a feature at Halloween Horror Nights with $1000 cash prize and tickets for two.

Entries start today through August 14, with limits ranging from 90 seconds to three minutes it should raise quite a challenge for directors to deliver that horror punch in such a short span. Announced criteria will include storytelling, skill, originality and the degree of scare (no pressure everyone). The top 10 will also take a spot on the Halloween Horror Nights website from September 3 – 17 for public voting after Universal and Rob Zombie have fielded out their best picks.

As details are non-existent on the official site I’ll throw down the entry information as well.

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Halloween Horror Nights-Rob Zombie Film Competition

100 Universal City Plaza, Building 5511

Universal City, CA 91608

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Official Halloween Horror Nights website

Good luck to all who enter, let us know if you make it into the final 10!

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