Vampire Hunters, Iron Fists, and Cowardly Lions

Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse #1 Immortal Iron Fist #20 Wizard of Oz #1

Spoilers for Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse #1 by Laurell K. Hamilton, The Immortal Iron Fist #20 by Duane Swierczynski, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1 by Eric Shanower.

Anita Blake: The Laughing Corpse #1

Despite being a big lover of the vampire-genre when I was younger — Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Anne Rice’s novels — I never picked up the Anita Blake novels. However, the owner of Secret Fortress Comics in Seattle recommended giving this a try.

In this comic, Anita is asked to raise the dead (one her many talents) and she refuses. The person asking is rich and will probably find someone else. Anita refuses as a human sacrifice is required to raise the long-time dead. There’s also a funny later scene where she tries on a bridesmaid dress with every cliche of the bad dress. It’s pink, fluffy, ruffly, and doesn’t hide her scars/bite marks properly.

If you’re looking for a detective novel with a horror-twist, perhaps something light and fun, these comics are definitely for you. However, they aren’t quite my style.

The Immortal Iron Fist #20

This is the comic where Danny Rand finally dies. Or does he? We see his son with Misty Knight in the future, discussing a dead Danny. I’m interested in what Swierczynski actually does with the plot that Fraction and Brubaker handed him. While it’s cool to focus on the other Iron Fists, I’d also like to see more focus on the other champions and their lives. Maybe some miniseries in the future?

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1

I picked this up mostly because of Scottie Young’s art. I’ve both read Frank L. Baum’s Oz books and seen the famous movie, so the story is not unfamiliar. The art is both cute and visually interesting. I love the way the Cowardly Lion is draw when the same sort of curly q’s in his mane as in Dorothy’s hair. The story is as cute as ever.

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