Halloween Month: Helsing #1 Review

For the past few years I have been massing comics on my Comixology app thanks to free comics that I have massed and one of them was a comic called Helsing and I originally thought it was going to be a rather bad comic, but after re-reading it a few times when I have been at work, I was wrong about it. I have always been a big fan of vampires and Van Helsing so I thought why not decide to review the first issue of Helsing from Zenescope.

The cover for this issue is rather decent, showing out titular characters brandishing a crossbow with what appears to be a silver arrow with one hand and a stake in her other hand. The other covers are okay with one cover appearing to be possible Dracula on one cover, an action shot. But there are two covers that are rather bad with one of them being a swimsuit variant from C2E2 and a cover that has Liesel standing, with her back facing the reader and her legs spread apart showing off her butt.

The issue opens with a text recap on what happened to Liesel Van Helsing previously for people who are just jumping on to the series, which I do think is a nice idea. Basically, it says that she was trapped in a dimension called the Shadowlands where she was stuck there for a century, but she managed to find a way out and is now living in the modern day fighting against evil along with other characters from the previous series. The story begins with Liesel looking over a new schematic of what appears to be a gun, along with a stake as well as three people walking through a graveyard. Liesel narrates throughout going over what she is doing, that being creating a new weapon to deal with vampires and that it takes a few attempts to get it right. The vampires meanwhile start resurrecting a corpse and we see Liesel coming up behind two of them stabbing them through the back piercing their hearts. The lead vampire notices who she is and he tries to run away from her but she manages to pull her new gun on him and fires, shooting a large stake, as well as seeing her creating the special stake round with a few special capsules. The stake pierces the vampire by punching a hole through his chest thinking that he is okay, but he then spontaneously combusts. Liesel narrates that she created additions to the stake with having two separate vials on the round with one being silver and the other being a concoction that mimics UV light causing him to burn from the inside. But she then remembers that the vampires had resurrected a corpse and that she should go and take care of it.

I should also talk about Liesel’s costume that she wears for the issue. Her costume consists of a black and red corset, a black duster jacket, short pants with fishnet stockings with boots and topping it off a top hat with goggles. I do like the costume since that it does go with the motif of her being adapted for steam-punk.

After dealing with the vampires she heads back to her house where she discovers a package that we see that is addressed to her, but she just ignores it and she gets a text from somebody named Hades and she realises that she had forgot that she was supposed to meet up. She then narrates on how much dating has changed in the past few centuries since its went from courting and marriage pursuits to texting and sending selfies. She arrives at the address he sent her and it turns out to be a cupcake shop. And we then get a few rather confusing panels with Hades relaxing on a chair with relaxing his feet on another chair and then in the next panel there are two seats at the table with Hades sitting up properly. The two of them converse over why he picked the cupcake shop, then she asks him why he keeps flipping between accents, in which we find out that he had abandoned the underworld and lived life on the surface. But she then asks him a rather weird question, that being how many people he has killed and they go off on a weird tangent and she then leaves with her saying that she doesn’t think that they should see each other but then that seem to then be changed and he asks to go and see his favourite film but she says no and leaves the shop. But then Hades gives us a number of people that he has killed that being 300,507 and that the last that we will see of Hades for the rest of the issue.

Liesel, now back at her home, she is reading a book and she then gets a phone call from a person called Sela, who used to live with her but had moved out, and they have a catch up and Liesel brings up the package that she had found when she came back from her testing. But she then realises that it has her name on it so she decides to open it up and she finds a book in it that seemed to have made her happy and she hangs up the call from Sela, in which it turns out that the book was in fact the Journal of Abraham Van Helsing, her father.

This then leads to a story heading to a flashback focusing on a take from the journal. We see a man dressed in brown coat with a green suit vest walking down a busy street in what appears to be New York and Abraham narrating about taking down a person, called Walt Melville as it appears that Melville is a vampire. Melville tires to light a pipe and the man that we saw walking down the street gives him a hand with the light and he walks into a hotel. The man then jumps through a window, that being on the second floor, wielding a stake in his hand and stabs Melville through the chest but something appeared to be rather different than what has happened before. The mist that usually appears from the hole didn’t appear and the Melville had become a mist form and it then escaped him. But that is how tale had ended since that it appears that the journal had some missing pages. Liesel annoyed with this throws the journal on the ground, something that she was happy to have, then notices that there was a bookmark in the book with the name of a bookshop that’s in Rome.

This then leads Liesel to take a Red-Eye to Rome to find out who had sent her the journal and we just see her still wearing civilian clothing. But we then cut over to outside the Coliseum decked out in her Vampire Hunting gear. The issue ends with three women in white dresses noting the arrival of Liesel, with one saying the reckoning has begun.

Overall with the issue I did like it, the only thing that I found to be a bit of a disconnect was the segment with Hades, it seemed to be rather different from the rest of the issue and I think for new readers it would seem like a weird thing. However, with that being rather weird, this does make me want to read the rest of the series as well as diving to previous instalments from Zenescope since that it isn’t often that I read from other franchises besides DC or Marvel or Boom! Studios.

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Halloween Month: Top Five Horror Sequels/Prequels: Part 1

A few years ago, I did a list of my Top Five Horror films, so I thought that this time that I would focus on something similar and that being sequels and prequels.

Annabelle Creation: Starting off the list is the sequel to a film that I didn’t think should have even been made into a film, but I got to say this made up for a lot of the problems that I had about the first film. The film starts off with a family heading back from church, in which their car breaks down and their daughter is killed after running into the road. After a few years the parents take in a group of orphans and a nun to stay and they start noticing weird things going on and we see that the focus targets one of the girls Janice, who has Polio making her a weaker target than the rest of the girls. During several nights, she is awoken by the sounds of somebody running around and finds her way into the daughter’s room, in which she finds the Annabelle doll locked in a hidden room and thus the doll targets her with one case throwing her from the first-floor landing to the ground floor, manages to keep her wheelchair bound. Later in the film the mother reveals what happened after their daughter had died they contacted mediums to communicate with their daughter in which they found notes around the house and then later got permission to have her spirit be transferred into a doll, that doll being Annabelle. But it turns out that whatever entered the doll wasn’t their daughter but in fact a demon that began terrorising the family, even attacking the mother. They got a priest to bless the hidden room and had bible verses to be wallpapered around the walls to reduce the influence and power from the doll. In the end, the remaining orphans and the nun get out alive, but when the police go to find where Janice is and it turns out she escaped and left the doll there. But a few years pass and we find her in a new orphanage and she is taken home by the Higgins, who give her a copy of the original Annabelle doll. But the film makes an interesting turn as it ends with the film wrapping up for the beginning of the first film. Overall, I liked this film a lot better than the first film as the first seemed to be a slight rip off from Rosemary’s Baby and the scares weren’t that good. However, with this the scares were a lot better, with the scariest being when the girl is taken into the barn by a mysterious figure and is where she gets possessed by the doll.

Ouija: Origin of Evil: Another prequel from a recent film series, Ouija: Origin of Evil bring all the bad points for the first film and makes it a great film. The cast for the film is rather short since that it mainly focuses around a family of three, Alice, Lina and Doris, in which the mother is a medium that helps people connect with people who have passed but she is a charlatan. They then buy a Ouija board from a store and they decide to use it for their skits but it turns out that the daughter can channel spirits in which a dark force possesses her and it is during the final act to find out that their house used to belong to an evil Nazi scientist that tortured and killed people. They try to then kill the daughter by sewing her mouth so that the entity can’t speak, but during the process the mother dies and the only survivor being Lina get sent to a mental facility and then, like Annabelle Creation, the film ends with Lina being met by the lead from the first film. Overall, I like this film since that it built up a better story, the Doris being in contact with what appeared to be her father, who had died, but then the realisation that she has being used by the demonic being seemed to be rather sinister. Another thing that I liked about the film was that the films scares were dealt a lot better than the previous film.

Insidious Chapter 3: One of the things that I like about this film is that since it didn’t focus around the story of the original family from the first film since that their story was over and done with at the end, as well as Elise dying and being a spiritual guide for the Nether in both instalments. For this film, it is set years before the events of the first film, in which our main character Quinn trying to in contact with her mother, who had passed away (what a weird coincidence that all three prequels that I have picked have a revolving theme), and she goes to contact Elise but she says that she no longer does readings but she accepts this one but it goes pear-shaped in which a darker entity comes through and she stops the reading and tells her not to contact her mother again. But she ignores it and then a lot of bad things start happening to her, involving being hit by a car and breaking her leg. Then through the rest of the film her and her family start noticing weird things going on in their apartment including them seeing a ghost that is covered in goo. The family try to figure a way to get answers, first by getting a paranormal group to come in to find out the source of the problem, and then Elise comes into find out the problem and they manage to get rid of the evil entity with the help of the girl’s mother and all is right. This is then leads Elise to return to the paranormal investigations with the paranormal group and now is leading to a fourth instalment that is out next year, which I will be probably see. I like this film since that it shows Elise in a different light, knowing that she was sceptical about returning to do reading and the paranormal since that she had lost her husband and felt distant from the rest of the world. Another thing that I liked about this film was that with Quinn being confined is something that does make being scared, not being able to defend yourself from an unknown attacker.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday: For a franchise that has gotten a lot out of hand over the past few instalments, with one film seeing a copycat killer and then seeing Jason being resurrected (by accident), this is one of the goofier but good films from the series. The film focuses around Jason possessing people trying to resurrect himself since that it turns out that Jason in fact has a sister, Diana as well as a niece Jessica and she has a child and the only way that he can resurrect himself is by taking over the body of his family. So, the main worry of the film was Jason being incarnated through the baby, but it then turns out that the dead body of his sister is in the old Voorhees house were Robert Campbell had stashed the body in the house for a television show he was making about Jason Voorhees. A lot of the film is rather interesting since that it deals with Jessica & Steven trying to reconcile as well as a bounty hunter who is also after Jason and he also gives a lot of exposition about how to deal with Jason. In the end Jason gets reburned from his sister’s body and is then killed by his niece. One of the things that I really do like about this film is the amount of references to other horror franchises, from Halloween with mentioning of the old Myer’s place, a package addressed from Antarctica for a possible link to The Thing. It is a fun film to watch as well as being the lead in to the crossover for Freddy vs Jason.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: Nightmare 3 is one of my favourite films from the Nightmare franchise, it is one of the better told films as well as having more of the most creative ways that people have died. The film also brings back Nancy, from the first film, in which she now works with children/teenagers who have been dealing with nightmares and Nancy finds out that Freddy is back killing teenagers in their dreams again. In the end of the film the teenagers that survive at the end manage to defeat Freddy again, but it came at a cost as Nancy dies, but to make sure that this doesn’t happen again Kristen dreams her into a perfect dream, and we don’t see her again until one of the comic book adaptations where she returns. The things that I do like about the film is the way that Freddy makes his kills in the film with some of them being rather creative and the two that come to my mind are Phillip who starts sleepwalking but what the people that see this happening don’t see is that Freddy is manipulating him by controlling him like a marionette with strings made from his veins and kills him by cutting his strings, making the residents thinking that he had jumped. The second kill that I like in the film was with Jennifer in which Freddy basically forces her to watch television shows with a cameo from Zsa Zsa Gabor, but the best was when Freddy grabs her and hurls her into the TV and we see her body stuck head first in the television with them also thinking that she had took her own life, somehow also lifting herself about 3 or 4 feet off the ground.

Halloween Month: Top Paranormal Television Shows

One of the first ways that I got into horror and the paranormal was a show called Most Haunted back in the mid 2000’s and ever since then I have watched a lot of paranormal shows, either being retellings of people’s encounters or being a team of investigators trying to get proof of the paranormal.

Most Haunted: Starting off with something that I have already mentioned is Most Haunted a show that has spanned over fifteen series and is something that has changed over the years that it has been around. When it first started up it did have a larger crew to what it does have nowadays and it also had a different way that they conducted their investigations. In the first thirteen series, they used to use mediums, with Derek Acorah and David Wells being the ones that featured mainly on the show. But when they came back a few years ago with a new revamped version they dropped them in favour for using more of a scientific approach with having two Parapsychologist as well as a Demonologist to help them get evidence of paranormal activity. Over the recent series they have seen to get the best evidence that they have ever got though their years and one of the best pieces of evidence that they ever got was of an apparition walking up a flight of stairs. Plus, this latest series has had the team being put in a lot of difficult places, but my most favourite has to be East 30 Drive, in which the team was tormented by an entity that was able to apparently knockout two of the investigators as well as having knives appearing out of nowhere and picture frames being hurled around. I am looking forward to seeing what they have planned in the future as one of the Executive Producers and investigator askes on Twitter a few months ago where fans would like to see them re-visit got me thinking that they could be planning a re-visiting series.

Ghost Adventures: Heading over to America and what I think to be a better version of Most Haunted is Ghost Adventures, another investigative series, but what is different about this is that the investigators are just one small group of five, formally three, to keep contamination to a minimum. The series originally started off as a documentary where they caught a lot of activity and made news headlines with the evidence that they caught where a board was hurled at Zak Bagans. Over the years they have caught a lot of amazing evidence with the different pieces of technology, such as the Spirit Box, SLS Kinect Camera but most recently they have a had a lot of sightings with the Thermal Camera catching entities walking through places where they are locked down in. Through the years the show has been very entertaining but as well as can be rather dark, with a couple of episodes focusing around demons and possessions, with even one of the most recent episode. The latest called the Ogdon Possession focused around the possession of a man in which he was plagued by a spirit that was telling him to kill himself. But in the end of the episode everything seemed to be okay but in all reasons, we don’t know if that is true, but hopefully with a new series of Ghost Adventures Aftermath to get a follow up on the family will shine a light on the aftermath of the episode. I would like to see this happen since when they the Zozo episode they did a follow up on the next series and they got a lot of information in what had happened to the family.

The Ghosts of Shepardstown: Continuing down this list is another investigative series, this time also coming from a former member of the Ghost Adventures, Nick Groff, this is one of the first series that I have seen that has just been focused around one town that has had a spike in paranormal activity in which a police chief decided to form a paranormal team to deal with the cases that they would get calls for. Throughout the series it got really interesting since that it turned out that there appeared to be an evil entity in the town that caused the spike in activity and I had thought that the activity was to do with the clock tower by the Town Run but I was wrong. One of the eerier things about the series was the penultimate episode of the series, in which the team are doing an investigation that lead them to discover that two women were killed, but it then led to something creepier when they stumble upon a upside down cross and discover that the area was known for witchcraft. When they started investigating around the area they caught a lot of evidence in which that I am sure they caught two figures surrounding Nick when he went on to search for evidence, but that could have just been anomalies. When the first series ended after they managed to release the supposed evil entity, it turns out that the neighbouring towns were starting to develop an increase in paranormal activity.

Paranormal Witness: For something different from the previous entries, Paranormal Witness is a show that retells peoples encounters with the paranormal, either being demonic attacks, paranormal activity or zoological creatures. I do like this show since a lot of the stories are rather interesting since that the stories that are told are rather frightening. The most recent season that I have been watching has been rather interesting since there have been a lot of interesting. A episode that was on recently focused around a family in which they all moved to a new house in a different state and it turn out that the house that they had move in, turned out to be haunted by a malevolent demon called Zozo which started attacking the family and attacking one of them by slashing his back and with all the activity this causes the family to leave the house and back to finding a new property. But the latest episode that I watched was rather weird since it took place at an active prison. It turned out that in a part of it called Tower D, in which it appeared that there seemed to be some sort of force that was there that seemed to afflict the officers that were there and made them seem to be distance to others as well as their families. But the weirdest thing that I found about it was that there didn’t seem to be a resolve for the episode since that they never found out who was the supposed ‘Sargent Ghost’. The only research that was done in the entire episode was the wife of the officer that was being afflicted to find out that an officer had killed his wife and that was all, nothing else. I so like the series but when there doesn’t appear to be any resolve to the episode it does make me feel that it was a bit of a waste.

Amish Haunting: For the final instalment on this list is something that is more different to the previous entry, but shares a lot of the same idea. Amish Haunting is a series that is retellings of stories that happens in the Amish portions of America and I got to say that some of the episodes that I remembered were rather dark and freaky. The most memorable episodes that I can remember was something to do with a couple that got married and conceived a child out of wedlock and the baby turned into a hideous creature that turned into a version of the Goat-Man tale which terrorised a small town. A lot of the episodes were rather interesting but when I tried to find them on sites like YouTube, were I did originally watch them, they were only redirect links to other sites so I can’t remember other episodes that well, but I do hope that they do somehow get re-syndicated for UK release since what I do remember was that it was enjoyable.

Justice League/ Power Rangers #6 Review

Previously: The Rangers and League team up to fend off Lord Zedd’s and Brainiac’s forces where the Rangers get their Power Coins back. Plus, we find out what had happened to Alpha-5 as he was a prisoner of Brainiac and the two have a narrative over the course of the last few pages which causes Alpha to use Zedd’s growth grenades and turns himself into a giant to fight off against the monsters attacking the UN.

The issue opens with the battle continuing outside of the UN and Alpha manages to knock out a monster, but that ends up nearly killing fleeing civilians, but Wonder Woman and Superman manage to get underneath the monster to stop it from falling. Alpha apologises for what he has done, but the Rangers pass it off since that Alpha is new to punching monsters and Jason says that they need to get Angel Grove away from here and Flash says that he will get it away, but the Rangers notice something wrong with the city. The Command Centre wasn’t in the bottled city, and we find out that Zordon is around the neck of Lord Zedd who appears to also be commanding the Zords.

Batman informs the B-Team that they are being overwhelmed by the combination of Drones and Putties and asks for when Cyborg and Billies plan is going to happen and they say that their idea seems to have worked and Cyborg tells him to let the Drones come. The Drones start massing around Cyborg and it appears that Brainiac has taken control of him again. Brainiac says that he is going to destroy Cyborg to see how he works, but Billy says that he isn’t going to do it since that they have a surprise install for him, a Trojan Horse that manages to delete Brainiac and all the Drones in the process. With Brainiac down this means that the Rangers can retrieve the Zords back, giving them an advantage against Lord Zedd.

But it looks like that Zedd isn’t happy about the current predicament, with his ally being deleted, the Rangers reclaiming the Zords and seeing Alpha facing off against a monster. He uses two of his growth grenades and he turns himself giant sized. Green Lantern seems shocked that he can do this, even though it was shown that he had used to grow his monsters and seeing Alpha use one at the end of the last issue. But Wonder Woman brings up the more important point, that being he had made himself a larger target. But just as they decide to take him on, Zedd blasts them with a bolt of magic and they fall out of the sky and Batman notices Superman falling out of the sky and he runs over to him to save him from being stabbed by the staff, but the Megazord manages to make the save and they notice where the Command Centre was and rip it off and hands it to Alpha to keep it safe.

Zedd tries to fight off the Megazord, but that goes as well as to be expected and it just punches him back. The Rangers having the upper hand and draws the Power Sword and they go for the finishing move but Zedd manages to repel the Megazord off with his magic staff and he manages to shrink down. Wonder Woman manages to see where Zedd is running off to and Kimberly teleports out to take him down, with the most comical way to take out a villain, a boxing glove arrow that she kept from her Justice League disguise. Later, the Rangers and the League set up to get Angel Grove back into its correct place and they just make a joke about moving the city a little bit to the left. They use Brainiac’s ship to revert the city back to its proper size and we see the Megazord standing over the city.

Even further later, the Rangers and League are in the Juice Bar where Batman manages to intimidate Bulk and Skull. They order a round of drinks and Batman tells the waitress to leave the bill with him and Zach interrupts him saying that he can’t pay for the drinks since that the money that he is using won’t be legal tender, for the fact that it is a $100 bill with Lex Luthor’s face on. At the Command Centre, the Rangers and League say their goodbyes as Zordon is able to open a dimensional doorway to get the League back to their universe. Kim asks Batman if she can keep the Boxing Glove arrow and he says yes, hopefully Oliver Queen will have some back up arrows, and Billy gives them a gift of their own in the form of Communicators so that the League can call them for help and vice versa. The League departs and we see Alpha walking off from the team and we have ourselves a cliff hanger ending. Brainiac is still alive and living inside of Alpha-5.

Overall this series has been a rather good crossover between the two franchises since that we got to see the teams start off at differences, but then a reasonable and rational discussion got them on the same page. The villains seemed to be a good pairing as well since that Zedd had gave Brainiac a good incentive for teaming up with him, that being able to get him to another multiverse and start taking cities from the planets that exist there. Plus with the now lingering threat of Brainiac still being in the Rangers universe means that there are plans to have a sequel series that I’m hoping will be out in the next few years.

Halloween Month: The Good, The Bad and Pennywise the Dancing Clown

When I heard that there was going to be a new version of the film It, I was a rather looking forward to it since that the original television movie for it, wasn’t that great in my opinion and was only regarded in having the best portion being the kids story, with the adults seeming to be rather okay. But with the new film being split up into two films, with the first chapter being focused around the kids and then the second the adults maybe this would make it better.

The Good: To start out for this with the good, the entire cast of kids for the film are really good since it appears to have the token characters that you would see in a film from the 80’s, since that is when this version of the film is set. But if I did have to say who my favourite from the series would be Bev Bill, Richie and Ben. The other friends seem to be alright but I did find them to be annoying and in the case for Mike, I didn’t find him to be part of the story that much and I hope that in Chapter 2, we see him with a bigger role to play.

The second thing that I liked about the film was the way that Pennywise used the fears of the children to his advantage. It did make him seem more of a threat than in the original version where he was vaguely terrorising the children and didn’t seem to do much else. However, in the film, they did get a lot more creative with the ways that he terrorised the children, going with the way that each child had a fear that made them different with the ways that the scares happened. The three that I liked the most, weirdly enough featured the three kids that I didn’t care for that much. The first was Stan who was freaked out about a painting that his father had in his office of a deformed woman playing the clarinet/ flute. The second was Eddie getting chased by a leper, who at first, I thought it looked like Stephen King but I could have been easily wrong. The third scare that for Mike, who had arms trying to reach out at him from behind a door that was on fire, and when we get the backstory on what happened to his parents it just gets even creepier.

The third thing that I liked about the film was the story since that it seemed to do a lot better of a job explaining the lore about the town of Derry in which we find that it seems to have larger numbers of missing people but most worrying children. Another thing that I liked about the story was that it seemed to be a lot more realistic in ways. This comes to it after (Anti-Germ Kid) ends up falling through a hole in the well house and breaks his arm, it then signifies the team breaking up since that some of them no longer want to do this since according to the lore, Pennywise will be going into hibernation and not appearing again for another 27 years. But when it turns out that Pennywise has captured Bev, it gives them the reason to reunite and take on Pennywise.

The Bad: With the good comes the bad and to start it off I did rather hate the bullies from the film. I just found them to be rather plain and boring since they didn’t seem to have that much of a character at all through the film except for one scene where he is recruited by Pennywise and then goes and kills his father. Lucky for the Losers Club is that he then ends up meeting a possible worse fate after Mike knocks him down the well and he is supposed to be dead. But the thing that has me rather curious is that in the original movie, Knives, is supposed to be alive and in an either a hospital or an asylum where Pennywise breaks him out.

The second thing that I though was bad about the movie revolves around Bev and her father since that it seemed to have a rather icky sub text. That being it seemed that she might have been forced into some sort of incestuous affair with her father. This is even more suggested since that the film, the scenes that we see between the two of them there does seem to be something dark going on between them. This does make more sense since that in the final confrontation with Pennywise, he changes his head into that of her father, but instead of being afraid, she just whacks him revealing that she isn’t afraid of him anymore. In the end of the film, Bev reveals that she is going to be moving to Portland (not sure which one) mainly what I believe is down to either her father’s actions or for the small possibility that he could be dead after she clocked him over the head with the toilet tank lid.

The third thing that I found bad with the film was the scoring for it. For a lot of the scenes that happened the music seemed to be rather over the top in which that it should have been more quieter and this way makes the scene have more suspense and makes it much scarier and the Nostalgia Critic brought it up in his review of the film. I also have a problem with music being used to score for building up jump scares and it is something that bothers me when I watch horror films in general. It just seems to be rather pointless and I think that the sound would be better to place in when the scare happens.

Overall: I think that this has been one of the best Stephen King films that I have seen and if Chapter 2 is going to be anything like this, quality wise, I will be looking forward to seeing it in 2019.

Halloween Month: The Invaders #31 Review

A few months ago, I had decided to try and do another theme month and the one that came to my mind was to do Halloween theme and when I was in Durham I found a retro toy stall on the market and I found the first comic to kick off this month as The Invaders meet Frankenstein.

The cover for the issue is rather cool, with Captain America and Namor getting swatted by Frankenstein, who is wearing a blue Nazi uniform. But the thing that I find weird about the cover is that The Human Torch looks to be smaller than either Cap or Namor.

The issue opens with Spitfire cleaning the Invaders mansion in which she knocks over a hatbox and discovers a hat of a Gestapo officer and she then tries it on for then to notice Captain America standing in the doorway. Spitfire is slightly shocked about the sudden appearance of Cap and he says that the hat was a souvenir that The Torch had and Cap regales the tale of how they had gotten the hat. He, Namor and Bucky were travelling to Switzerland, but Spitfire interrupts on what happened with them heading to a neutral country and what had happened to the Torches and Cap continues saying that they had received word that there was possible Nazi activity in the Swiss Alps and the Human Torch and Toro went off to see what happened. But since they had wrapped up the investigation in England, they still didn’t hear anything back from them and they headed to Switzerland to see what had happened.

When they got there, the village where the Torch was near and they find it to be rather deserted but the lights are on in the building, but just as they said that the two of them are swarmed by the villagers with one of them saying, ‘let me drive the stake through their demon hearts’ making me think of the time where Captain America fought against Dracula in Avengers Assembled. Namor comes to their rescue and the villagers note that he is strange looking for his feet and his ears. But Cap tries to calm the villagers by asking if they have never heard of him or Namor, but the villagers then notice that in the moonlight that they recognise who they are. Cap theories that they attacked them since they were unfamiliar and the villagers say that they were attacked by ‘horror beyond all comprehension’.

The villagers inform them on what has happened recently with graves being robbed, two fire demons (which was Human Torch and Toro) that were heading towards Castle Frankenstein, and that a monster had left the castle and had murdered several villagers. The villagers had then decided to mount an assault but when they noticed the jet coming over the town they turned their focus on them. Cap doesn’t seem to believe the part about the monster and tells the towns folk who the demons were and says that they are going to Castle Frankenstein to investigate and tells the villagers to go back to their homes. But the villagers refuse to do so and inform them about Dr Basil Frankenstein and says that he consorts with the Devil, making me think more of the Invaders meet Doom than Frankenstein, and they say they are they only know how to deal with him.

Cap and Bucky reach the Castle and they manage to find an open window and make their way in and discover that the information about Nazi’s being in Switzerland being true and then they get ambushed by a group of Nazis’ from behind a secret wall, confirming more about my theory of it being the Invaders meets Doom.  Cap and Bucky manage to beat up the soldiers but they don’t notice a lumbering officer coming up behind them to reveal Frankenstein. Cap goes to punch Frankenstein but it appears to do nothing, but Frankenstein then starts beating up the two of them and then we see Basil Frankenstein and his assistant Kitty being wheeled in and Cap takes advantage of the distraction. But that comes up rather short since Basil gives the creature a command to attack them and he manages to knock them both out and we see them being bound.

Cap wakes up and finds himself being bound on a table, Bucky chained to a wall and we see that Toro is there as well who is also chained but he has been doused in chemicals that don’t allow him to flame on. Basil and his monster arrive in the room and he commands the creature to remain where he is until the need him and Cap asks him the basic questions on why the Nazi uniform and what happened to the Human Torch. But Basil first decides to inform him on the creature first and says that his ancestor was Victor Frankenstein and says that he created the first monster, and we get an editor’s note that this is in the same continuity as the events of Monster of Frankenstein. He then goes on to say that he started to appreciate more of his family’s heritage and secrets. Then we get more information on Kitty and we find out that she is in fact Japanese. Basil says that she is a surgeon from Japan and she has been acting as his hands for surgery because of a laboratory accident. They then give them the reasoning why they are doing it and it is an experiment to win the war by having an army of Frankenstein’s that would be unstoppable. Then they revealed the reason why Cap is strapped to a table and that is since Basil is paralysed he wants a new body and he decides to place his brain inside of Cap’s body.

When they wheel in Cap’s body to the laboratory, Cap discovers the Human Torch inside a large bubble. Cap tries to talk to Torch, but he can’t hear him and Basil tells him that he can’t hear him or flame on. Basil then says that he has needed Torch all of this time because he needs his ‘Android Energies’ since that this version of the Human Torch is an Android and he plans on improving on the prototype of Frankenstein with Torch’s technology. Back down at the town, the resident notice lights coming from the Castle and they decide to march up to there in a mob, but Namor tells them to stay where they are, but they don’t listen to him, so he decides to use his strengths to get to the Castle before the mob and he discovers what has happened, with Cap being strapped to a table and Torch in a bubble but this time it appears that Torch could be dying.

But that’s not all that is happening, it appears that the ‘Android Energy’ is being transferred to Frankenstein and it is changing the monster into a new form giving it a larger design. The villagers storm the castle and Basil tells the guards to butcher them, whilst Namor uproots a power pole and throws it through the skylight of the lab, managing to break the bubble that encases Torch and he manages to flame on and frees Cap. Basil commands Frankenstein to recapture Cap and Torch rescues Bucky and Toro. Torch has an idea that he wants to try out with Toro and it turns out that Frankenstein is afraid of fire, but Torch doesn’t want to hurt the monster, however Namor ignores him and punches him full force in the face and we see sparks flying off the monster after crashing into a machine. But after that punch, Torch notices something about the monster and we see tears on a close-up of the face.

The creature turns his attention away from The Invaders and switches his focus towards Basil and Kitty and he grabs them both. The reasoning about this would be when Namor punched him into a machine, it created a short circuit that disabled the brain implant. He takes the up to the roof of the castle and the creature finally speaks and says that he will return to the grave that spawned him and will take them both with him to the grave, and they jump off the Castle and they manage to land in the town where the villagers discover the bodies. The Invaders discuss what had just happened but the villagers come through and they say that they now must destroy the Castle so that no more monsters can be created, but Torch disagrees with the mob and he manages to absorb the flames of the torches. He then informs them that he is an android and he makes it his mission that he will keep the Castle intact as a monument to Frankenstein since that the creature was the one that stopped Basil from creating more monstrosities. The issue ends with Cap ending the tale saying that Castle Frankenstein is still standing but Spitfire asks why the Torch should defend the Castle and if he has asked him. But Cap just replies by asking if she should ask him.

Overall this issue is just rather strange, but it does have a lot of the tropes that come from the Frankenstein movies. I do hope to try and find more classic stories to review in the future mainly because the next issue of the Invaders sounds interesting that being The Invaders and Thor crossing paths.