STARRING SONYA DEVEREAUX #1 SCREAM QUEEN SUMMER CAMP MASSACRE

“Scream Queen Summer Camp Massacre”

Writers: Todd Livingston & Nick Capetanakis

Artists: Brendon & Brian Fraim

Sonya Devereaux is having a party with her friends Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, Tiffany Shepis and Michelle Bauer. Fred Ray Olen comes along dressed in a pink bunny suit. They are watching the movie they were all in together called Scream Queen Summer Camp Massacre. The movie starts with Sonya driving to Camp Hackaway for a convention. Camp Hackaway is the real-life camp where Ragface killed people for decades and inspired all the horror slasher films. The other girls hid in her yellow VW bug to scare her.

At the camp they meet the director Frank Orson Reed who directs and produces hundreds of films. Anyway, the girls have to get cleaned up and there is only one shower to share. While in the shower some guys steal their clothes, so they have to be naked. The girls instead find young children’s uniforms to put on which are a little tight. The convention begins with Frank introducing the girls with a display of all the knives used in his films. They spring together and kill him. Looks like Ragface has escaped and is on his killing spree again. A sheriff comes to tell them a mudslide blocked the road and knocked out the cell towers. He is killed while inspecting the knifes which were poisoned.

The girls can’t get along because they hate each other but decide to continue their roles as camp counselors for the guests to keep everyone calm. They start off a canoe race that has one of the canoes boobytrapped. They then think that the actress Janie Lynn Burgess is the killer when they find her removing bandages from her face. Only she just had plastic surgery and after being locked in her cabin, it is a trap that kills her.

Some guys come along and invite the girls to make out. Sonya is the odd one out and goes to a shed to build something to fight Ragface. The girls and guys are ambushed by Ragface. He kills the guys with a chainsaw he built out of legos. Then he stalks the other girls. Sonya builds a mechanical exoskeleton and captures Ragface. Only Ragface brings her to where he has all the other girls. He rescued them and tells his story. That he was a bully and sent to camp as punishment. An accident at the nearby turkey slaughterhouse mutilates his face. In anger he starts killing people. Later in prison he watched the slasher movies he inspired and develops sympathy for his victims. He gets his degree in hotel management and buys Camp Hackaway. The real killer is revealed to be the producer/director Frank Orson Reed. He did it to save his career for nobody would watch slasher films if Ragface was a good guy. It is also then revealed that it was all a movie he was filming, and everyone was actors. He also can’t pay the girls and they chase after him. Cuts to the apartment where Fred Ray Olen and another guy visitor fell asleep and are awakened by the girls in scary makeup.

I loved this series. This one was obviously a parody of the horror/slasher films. It has real life people as guest stars which gives it some real-life charm. We get the typical tropes of these films. Beautiful women in tight fitting clothes and some gratuitous shower scenes. Plenty of kooky booby traps and stereotypical scenes. This series lovingly pokes fun at beloved B-movies that we all grew up on. The next one advertised is Alien Queen’s Revenge which looks like a Star Trek ripoff. Can’t wait.

THE MOON MAID #3

“The Three Keys”

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Artist: Mirana Puglia

Loh-ee-nah manages to convince the Va-gas to stay and defend the city of Groethe from the Kalkars. They man cannons that fire poison darts but the Kalkars use gourds filled with explosives and poison gas. The male Va-gas die fighting and it looks like the two girls don’t have long. So Loh-ee-nah goes to a vault and opens it with three keys. This is where she hid when the Kalkars came and killed her family. This vault protects them from the weapon that is activated. As the sunlight comes through the crater it unleashes lighting that destroys the Kalkars. We find out at the end that Loh-ee-nah was preserving a library that had the last books on Va-nah. Now she and her companion are all that is left to preserve the knowledge for future generations.

So ends this series of The Moon Maid with a new character. A fun and enjoyable story with a likable character fighting against the evil Communist Kalkars. I was a bit confused by the ending with the sunlight turned into deadly energy. It wasn’t really explained how that happened. Loh-ee-nah and Voh-nay are interesting and likable characters. I hope to see future stories with then. Also interested in how this is tied in to the Burrough’s books. We learn from the Kalkars that Or-tis is already in charge so this must take place in 2050. I would love to see how this is tied in to the canon universe that American Mythology is creating.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #3

“Fearless”

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Artist: Fritz Casas

Lys has been grabbed by a Weiroo. This Weiroo gets a spear in the back and a bullet through it’s wing but still manages to fly on. Even when Lys stabs it does it still go on. Only it is weak and Lys manages to get out of it’s grasp. She finds herself on the Plain of Fire and the Weiroo is determined to bring her back. While they are fighting, See-ta comes riding on a triceratops. She uses a mushroom that has acid in it to kill the Weiroo. Bowen and Co-tan also come and everybody greets one another. See-ta will continue on to her swamp as Bowen and Lys accompany Co-tan back to the Galus. We then skip to 1950 where Bowen and Lys are telling the story to Jason Gridley. He is about to leave for Pellucidar.

This was a great little story that fills in the time of Bowen and Lys in Caspak before they came to the Galus. It also introduces how they met See-ta. The artist really did an excellent job on the Weiroo. They look so creepy and were some tough suckers. Ends with notes that these adventures continue in new books about Pellucidar and Caspak. I really have to check out these books some day. American Mythology is really accomplishing stuff with Burrough’s creations. Am anxiously waiting for the other series coming out.

THE MOON MAID #2

“The Three Keys”

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Artist: Miriana Puglia

Loh-ee-nah has taken four Va-gas to her dead city to heal one. The leader of the Va-gas decides to go exploring against the objection of Loh-ee-nah. He finds a statue depicting one of the inhabitants holding the head of a Va-gas. This starts a fight that is ended when the female comes and says that her cure worked. They decide to work together and they seem to develop a grudging respect for each other. Only the Kalkars have come back. The Va-gas manage to kill most of the recon party. The survivor makes it back to his people and the Kalkars plan a major incursion into the city. Loh-ee-nah is about to tell the secret of her city.

This was a fascinating issue. Wolfer has decided to give the Va-gas more emotion and intelligence than Burroughs did in his stories. The Va-gas are portrayed as an oppressed group in the past. A little woke maybe but does make for an interesting story and never does Wolfer ever show anything but respect for Burroughs works. A bond is developing between the female Va-gas and Loh-ee-nah and it ends with the prospect of a big battle with the Kalkars and reveal of some secret. A good solid story from the Vah-nah world of Burrough’s Moon series.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #2

“Fearless”

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Artist: Fritz Casas

Bowen Tyler is a prisoner of the Alus. They want him to teach how to fire his rifle. So they put a baby dinosaur out to lure in a sabretooth. Then Bowen is pushed off a cliff. He has no choice but to use the rifle and fires. He misses but the noise scars the sabretooth away. Just then a tribe of Band-lu attack and take Bowen prisoner. Now they want Bowen to show them how to use the rifle.

Lys and Co-tan hear the shot while being confronted by See-ta on her dinosaur. See-ta wants to know what happened to the baby dinosaur of the one she rides. Lys and Co-tan run off in the direction of the gunshot. They come on Alus and Band-lu fighting. See-ta also joins because the Band-lu have the baby dinosaur. Lys manages to grab a pistol and save Bowen. As Co-tan is introduced, Lys is grabbed by a Weiroo.

This was a very fast paced story. Yet it flowed nicely and was easy to follow. The Alus and Band-lu were pretty dumb which is how I could imagine Burroughs portraying them. A fun story with another cliffhanger ending.

THE MOON MAID #1

“The Three Keys”

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Artist: Miriana Puglia

We start with a radio transmission from Townsend Harper telling us about the world of Va-nah or as we know it the Moon. He starts with the girl Loh-ee-nah as she is scavenging for food in the forest. She is attacked by a giant toad but manages to get away. As she gets a drink from a spring she runs into four Va-gas. They want to eat her but she manages to convince them not to. She also offers to help their female who was bitten by a Tor-ho the loin of Va-nah. They need to go to her home. Along the way we find out that the Kalkars massacred the Va-gas tribe with terrible weapons. Loh-ee-nah also tells them that the Kalkars destroyed her home and family. They go through a cave and into a neat and modern living space. Loh-ee-nah prepares the cure as one of the Va-gas checks out a door. It leads to an abandoned city which we find out is named Groethe.

This was a great start to a new Moon Maid series. It starts out just like a Burroughs story with a Gridley wave transmission. Narrated by the guy from the Monster Men series which piques my interest on how he got involved. A great introduction to our heroine. We find out she is the last of her people and she helps the last of a Va-gas tribe. I do think that the Va-gas should be portrayed more horselike then the artist draws them. Otherwise everything has such a feel and look that Burroughs created for Va-nah. Ends with what looks like some evil Kalkars approaching. Definitely love these Burroughs series.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #1

“Fearless”

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Artist: Fritz Casas

Bowen Tyler and Lys La Rouge have just thrown the thermos with their message into the ocean. Now they wander Caspak looking for their friends. They run into a pack of hyenas and run into a giant spider. They survive this but are later attacked by the Alus while crossing a river. Lys gets separated from Bowen. She does run into a woman being attacked by the Alus. Lys helps her defeat her attackers and finds out she is a Galu named Co-tan. Co-tan agrees to help Lys track down the Alus that took Bowen. The trail leads through a swamp and the two are confronted by See-ta the cursed riding a brontosaurus.

Another entry in the Land That Time Forgot. This one is the story of how Bowen and Lys met See-ta. It also brings in another Burroughs character in Co-tan from the third book in the series. Like all of Wolfer’s stories this is a tightly written and fast paced adventure. Told with a minimum of dialogue or exposition we get an entertaining story. This fells like a Burroughs story and I am enjoying this origin of a popular character from the comic series.

ZORRO IN THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #4

“Untitled”

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Artist: Alessandro Ranaldi

Zorro and Fausto manage to defeat the Spanish soldiers they confronted. One surrenders and tells them that the plan was to murder all the crew. This guy then gets plucked by a pterodactyl. So Zorro and Fausto split up with Fausto looking for his sister Marina while Zorro goes to the crashed Sky Cutter. Marina with her new Galu friend Koh-Ra are attacked by some Kro-lu. Luckily a T-Rex chases the Kro-lu away but then starts to chase after Marina and Koh-Ra. Zorro attacks captain Quintada and his remaining soldiers. Zorro manages to defeat them except almost gets killed by Quintada. Fausto who found his sister and Koh-Ra arrive in time to save Zorro. Zorro and the Capronis manage to salvage a workable balloon to get back to the ship. They decide to keep Caprona a mystery to protect it from the outside world.

This was an excellent ending to an excellent series. Zorro saves the Capronis and they manage to escape the land. A fun story with plenty of action that was told in pictures and minimum of dialogue. The sign of a good writer. Wolfer did a great job of integrating Zorro into the world of Caspak. It was believable and stayed true to both worlds. Never was a big Zorro fan but I can see checking out some of the Zorro titles which Wolfer also writer.

ZORRO IN THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #3

“Untitled”

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Artist: Alessandro Ranaldi

Zorro, Fausto and Marina have been split up after escaping the Spanish. Fausto runs into a group of primitives that attack him. He knocks one over a cliff and into a river. After firing his pistol that scares off the rest. Zorro has a fight with a T-Rex. He carves a Z on it’s snout and manages to elude it until some giant bees come to distract it. The primitive that Fausto knocked over the cliff is rescued by Marina. They have to fight off another dinosaur and take shelter in a cave behind a waterfall. The Spanish have started taking the crew out into the jungle to execute them. Fausto and Zorro start a fight with the party they run into.

This is a fun issue. We get to see Zorro have a sword fight with a T-Rex and come out the winner. The Spanish are going to coldly execute all the Italian sailors to claim Caprona for Spain. Marina finds a handsome primitive named Koh-Ra and there is an obvious attraction between them. A really fun story that mixes the swashbuckling of Zorro with the ERB adventure of Caspak.

ZORRO IN THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #2

“Untitled”

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Artist: Alessandro Ranaldi

Zorro appears just in time to save Fausto and his sister Marina from an attacking pterodactyl. Captain Quintada’s men attempt to shoot Zorro and Fausto knocks his aim off. This is when Quintada reveals his true plan to kill them and claim Caprona for the Spanish empire. Before he can carry this out, the Sky Cutter railing falls apart and takes the Caproni’s and one of the soldiers to the ground. Zorro leads Fausto and Marina into the jungle as a sabretooth eats the soldier.

In the jungle we find out why Zorro has accompanied the expedition. First he knew of the governor’s plan to have all the Italian expedition killed so that Caprona could be claimed by New Spain. Zorro is also against colonialism in general. As they make for the Sky Cutter they are attacked by dinosaurs and giant bees. The group splits up with Fausto running into some of the human inhabitants of the land. Zorro gets ready to have a sword fight with a dinosaur.

This was a good issue. It had some preachy stuff about colonialism bad which can be a bit tedious. Otherwise there is lots of exposition in this issue to give us what is secretly going on. In this time period nobody has a clue about dinosaurs so it makes sense that everyone is completely ignorant about the creatures. A fun story with likable characters. Also where else will you see Zorro swordfight a dinosaur. How cool is that?