“The Dane Curse!”
Writer: Budd Lewis
Artist: Luis Bermejo
In 1781 Connecticut a woman named Lucinda Cendrillion writes of a horror that she and her family must contain. Only the man from the future Restin Dane can save them. Back in 1981 Restin is in Connecticut to visit professor Duncan Conneally. The professor sent an unknown goo that was living and wants his help. Strange things are happening. First the limousine that was taking him to the mansion suddenly speeds up and crashes into the gate and explodes. Only Restin and the drive were able to jump out in time. The professor believes only Restin can save the world from some goo that is seeping from the grounds of the old Cendrillion mansion. He plans to go back but finds there is no time shard in 1781 but will visit Ambrose Bierce in 1914.
Writer: Bill DuBay
Artist: Lee Elias
Restin and Bishop are arrested for the murder of Phinneas Smudge. The police need a scapegoat for the people they killed and they are chosen. They are locked up with the book they recovered and find that it can summon forth a netherworld spirit to right the wrongs. Bishop plans to use it to escape. In the present Coral Dane does some investigating in Harlem. She is accosted by some thugs but the mysterious Goblin rescues her. She is about to get the story of the Goblin from an old lady.
“A Study in Scarlet”
Writer: Jim Stenstrum
Artist: Noly Panaligan
1878 a Dr. John Watson who was wounded in the Afghan war is looking for a place to live. A friend introduces him to Sherlock Holmes who needs a roommate for his place on Baker Street. He finds out that Holmes has a natural ability to solve problems and is frequently called on by Scotland Yard. He gets to accompany him on a case. A man who died with no visible wounds and might have been poisoned. Only the word Rache which means revenge in German was written on the wall in blood.
“Air Whale Express”
Writer: Jim Stenstrum
Artist: Abel Laxamana
Joe Guy has been hired to bring Giganto a huge mutant whale who has developed a taste for human flesh to a secret government facility in Alaska. Naturally his manager Putnam will charge triple since its the government. Seems the government wants to find a way to control Giganto for its own purposes. So Giganto is loaded on a cargo plane in a tank of water and off the two go. Over Minnesota Giganto tries to eat Putnam when he is feeding him and causes the plane to break up. Giganto manages to swallow Putnam in mid-air. Joe Guy comes up with a plan to gather all the parachutes and gently bring the whale down. Only he can’t pull all the cords at the same time and they hit the ground. This was a nightmare by Putnam and he cancels the job. Now they have to send Giganto by Greyhound Express.
Writer: Bill DuBay
Restin is visiting his friend Sergei Baginski the Soviet defector who is the superpowered Fighting Armenian. Only he is not having much luck in his superhero career. Seems nobody is taking him seriously. Just then a robot breaks into the apartment. Glorioski the Soviet death machine has come to punish Sergei for defecting. Luckily Restin is a master of robotics as well as time travel. He opens a panel and reprograms the robot to capture the Soviet agents.
Writer: Colin Dawkins
Artist: John Severin
Eagle the chief of the Crow continues to follow the foolish palefaces that ignored his warning and went into Blackfeet land. His scouts have detected a party of Blackfeet warriors who are about to attack the wagon train and Eagle is setting up an ambush.
The first Rook story is intriguing. It has a very Gothic feel to it. A strange blob like substance that is coming out of the ground. Only the death of Restin can save the world.
The second continues the story of the Goblin. We get some answers to the origin.
The Sherlock Holmes story is the origin of how Watson and Holmes meet. An interesting backstory for Watson and feels like a good Victorian Holmes story.
Joe Guy was hilarious. I love his comment that it was a good thing the breakup happened over Minnesota and not a civilized part of the country because there’s nothing below to damage. There was all sorts of humor in the story.
The Fighting Armenian was also another humorous story. The Russians talk with thick accents and talk about the evil capitalists. Makes me nostalgic for the cold war days.
Finally Eagle continues with beautiful artwork and an interesting story.
So the format seems to be a bunch of short stories and I liked it. Half were to be continued but I like having a good cliffhanger ending. Also a good mix of variety.