Top Five Power Ranger Villains

Power Rangers has been a staple show for me when I was a kid and the comics have reminded me on why I loved watching the show, but the best thing that usually has me gripped about the show are the villains and these are my favourite.

5: Dai Shi: Jungle Fury was one of the few seasons that I only caught a few episodes, but it was something that I did like watching and one of the reason why was because of its villain Dai Shi. An ancient evil that was locked away but this time it was different from the tales before, but this time Dai Shi had possessed a human body, most likely to film scenes instead of using the Sentai footage. Dai Shi proved to be a powerful villain in which he was able to take on the some of the Spirit Rangers and take control of them. But there was something else that I liked about the character and that is down to the person that he possessed, Jarrod, since that there were parts of his human side in which he did see worry for one of his generals, the only other non-suited character and in the end when seeing Jarrod realising what he did wrong and him aligning himself with the Rangers and helps them defeat Dai Shi.

4: Lord Drakkon: Coming from the pages of Boom Studios, Lord Drakkon so far has been an amazing villain and it’s all thanks to an alternate timeline in the Power Rangers Universe. Ever wondered what it would have been like if Tommy Oliver kept up his alliance with Rita instead of going the Rangers, this is what would happen.  In one of the stories from last year, the Rangers battle against a creature called Black Dragon and we found that in later in the story it turns out that Black Dragon was in fact a Zord piloted by a mysterious figure which turned out to be Lord Drakkon. Later in the story, when trying to defeat Black Dragon, both Tommy and Billy get trapped in an alternate universe where they find themselves in a universe where Rita beat Zordon and the Power Rangers were no more, only as a group of resistance fighters. But what makes me like Lord Drakkon is that he is rather ruthless and has one of the coolest villain designs being an amalgamation of the Green and White Ranger costumes. I do hope that we will see a return of Drakkon in the future because I really want to see what he is going to be like against the Rangers.

3: Venjix: What would happen if Skynet was set in the Power Ranger universe, you would pretty much get RPM and their lead villain Venjix. Not only is it a rather unique villain for a Power Ranger series but his backstory and what he has done does make him one of the best villains in the franchise. Originally, he was created by Doctor K who used it to get out a government facility where she was there since she was a child, she activated him and then started the whole process with Venjix creating an army, abducting people for his army as well as pushing the rest of humanity, or at least in that continent to the last safe-haven. But Venjix is a very clever villain since that he had managed to preprogramme a lot of the residents for his final assault, but he did a lot of clever things. The first was implanting the Black Ranger with a device that would turn him into a robot and then we find out that later in the series that his sister, who was at a Venjix Camp also got turned into a cyborg and turned out to be one of Venjix’s lieutenants. But what makes this villain even better is that at the end of RPM as well as the possibility of the end of Power Ranger’s, Venjix wasn’t destroyed as he ended up taking refuge inside the Red Rangers morpher.

2: Lord Zedd and Rita: Of-course these two would have ended up on the list since they are one of the most recognisable villains in Power Rangers history. First, we had Rita, who was an Empress of Evil and was freed from her dumpster and continued her plan from 10,000 years and her war with Zordon and his team of Power Rangers. Its also thanks to Rita that we got one of the most favourite characters in the history of Power Rangers, Tommy Oliver (Green Ranger) to be one of the biggest threats to her and then that turned out to be one of her biggest downfalls as the story arc turned him into joining the Rangers and helping them turn the tide in the fight. Lord Zedd on the other hand was the first American made villain for the series and he made quite the first impressions. Putting Rita back into her dumpster, throwing it to the depths of space, but she came back still, also destroying the Rangers Zords, thus forcing them to get new Zords, the Thunderzords. But through the series Zedd started to show a lot of the same problems that Rita had and seemed to become less and less of real threats. But the most that they seemed to shine was in Zeo when they were pretty much going up against the Machine Empire and in the end finishing them off and not the Rangers.

1: Astronema: After the events of Turbo I am glad that we finally got a female villain that was good. Astronema is one of my favourite villains that has appeared in Power Rangers because she was ruthless in a lot of the series but there was also a kinder side to her. Not only wash she the right hand for Dark Spectres army, she had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles attack the Rangers and she also unleashed the Psycho Rangers to take care of the Rangers. But the thing that I liked the most about Astronema was that deep down in her she was a very nicer person with one time when she tired to leave Dark Spectre for her just to be turned into a more soulless machine. But in the end, after Dark Spectre assault of Earth and other allied places of the Rangers, Astronema managed to be brought back to the good side and in the next series, Lost Galaxy, she became something better, a Power Ranger.

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Star Wars Month: Lando #1

The cover for the issue sees Lando lounging back in a chair whilst we see a silhouette of a woman that sort of looks like Leia since that you can see what looks like to be her hair buns.

The issue opens with the usual text crawl that basically sums up that the Empire are too distracted by the Rebel Alliance that smugglers and pirates are plundering treasures and this leads up to how Lando starts his score that would be the deal of a life time.

The story begins with Lando staring at an orb inside a bed room and a voice tells him that the orb is beautiful and he replies saying that he was thinking the same but then redirects the answer calling the woman that he was with beautiful instead of the orb. The woman asks why he is interested by the ‘trinket’ and says that she got it from an artisan in the city but it’s not worth much. Lando then talks to her and we find out three things. The first is that the woman’s name is Ssaria, the second is that she is a Moff and third he says that he was going to steal it from her. Ssaria think that it is amusing but Lando is telling the truth since that it is also revealed that the orb is valuable and that he wanted to make this a quick job but it got complicated and Ssaria pulled a gun on him. Lando says that he couldn’t steal it and for her to wake up and see it gone, thus having her put out a search for him and then rumours spreading around that she was betrayed by a lover. She asks him why he is telling her all of this and he replies saying that he knows her and she knows him.

Then we cut over to a bar in the city where we se Lando and Lobot where Lobot thinks what he did was stupid even though Lando still got the job done and has the orb in his possession. Lobot, using the Imperial implants, calculates all the that the odds of that working, but like Han, Lando never wants to know what the odds are. Lobot says that the plan that they had would have been easier but Lando contradicts him says that if they did it that way they would have been in more trouble but they now have a given the Moff a pleasant memory. A person comes up to Lando and says that ‘he’ is ready for him and ‘he’ turns out to be an old disgusting looking alien that communicates between three Imp like creatures. Lando says that the orb is worth the debt that he owes him and possibly more and he says that he will let him keep whatever is extra since he is a good guy. Toren talks to the Imp and the relay what he said, thanking him for retrieving the item and then says that the orb will take ten percent off the debt owed and Lando is pissed. The Imps pull guns on and the Imps relay another message saying that the reason that he only took off ten percent was due to the amount of time that it took him to retrieve that orb, but he says that he does have another suggestion.

That suggestion turns out to be what Toren says is going to be a quick job. Lobot doesn’t like the idea since that he really wanted that last job to be the end of this and he seems to be rather dubious that this new job will be the last job. The two of them then head off to recruit a team for their job and they recruit two brothers that have been modified and are capable fighters. The second person that Lando goes to join his team is a person that he has worked with, Korin and like many people he has a beef with Lando since the last time they did a job together he ended up losing an eye. But Lando says that he is also here to make amends and shows him the information that he has given him and when he looks it, he is interested in the job.

We cut over to a shipyard where Lando and his team board and we have a lovely two-page spread in which we see the shipyard with the ship they are after, a pleasure ship that is in the shape of a shark that is just insane which is owned by a rich Imperial. Lando basically narrates out their plan, talking about the shipyard and that it is defended by Stormtroopers but they manage to easily get their hands on the ship and make their escape with an Imperial Officer noticing from a window the ship leaving dock. The officer contacts Lord Amedda back on Coruscant about the ship being stolen and he walks off back and informs the Emperor Palpatine on what has happened, leading the reader to believe that the ship that the stole, belongs to the Emperor.

Overall, I think that this is a rather okay comic, it builds up the story rather well and Lando’s character is handled rather well. The ending is what I think to be the best thing about this since this is what I think would lead up to Lando being forced to work with the Empire from the events of Episode V.

Star Wars Month: Star Wars Empire #29

The issue opens in the past, twenty-one years before the Battle of Yavin, on the planet of Jabiim where Anakin Skywalker and a group of Clone Troopers are ordering a group of Rebels to stand down but it looks like that he is tapping into his ‘darker side’ by force chocking one of the revels and his eyes turning red in the process. We then cut to the present as the Rebels of Jabiim are overlooking an Imperial prison where they see that the prison is managed by a skeleton crew and even thought that there is a ATST there, but it isn’t manned. Nolan, our main Jabiim Rebel signals for his group to start their attack and manage to take out a Stormtrooper and their numbers seem to outnumber that of the Empire’s troops.

Throughout the attack, Nolan narrates what has happened to his planet with the fact that the planet had perpetual rain and due to the Empire strip mining the planet for material and causing the planet to start slowly dying. Nolan orders the destruction of a communications tower, but an Imperial Officer manages to get out a message for the base to be scrambled and two TIE Bombers start unloading over base attacking the Rebels, but as well as Stormtroopers. One of the Rebels tells Nolan that they should retreat but he says that they could use this chaos that they have caused as their advantage but help comes in the form of a X-Wing, with a familiar looking Astromech on, and the pilot manages to destroy both Bombers. A smaller ship also lands along with the X-Wing and the Rebels seem to be rather cautious about who is here to help.

The ramp lowers and out comes Princess Leia, who asks for them to lower their weapons and asks to see Nolan. At first, I wasn’t sure who this person was since that I had barley read any of the Dark Horse publications for Star Wars and it seemed weird to see her wearing a purple jumpsuit. The Rebels then surround the pilot and we see it to be Luke Skywalker, Nolan tells the Rebels to stand down and that they are their guests but some of the Rebels seem to be rather unsure about them. A bit later, one of the Rebels tells Nolan that some of the captives have decided to join his Rebel teams and Leia is impressed with the way that Nolan has been as a leader and Nolan says that he got his leadership points from his father, since that he was an unshakable leader. They then start talking about the planet and Nolan says that they had spent the better part of two decades trying to get their freedom and that they are close to their objective. Leia intervenes asking if he wants more troops, but it’s not troops that he needs help, that being them to help their people forget about the past and he tells them what had happened with the Republic and a Jedi and then later with the Separatists/Empire and they need to go down a new path so that they can have a future. Leia says that they are willing to show the difference between the Empire and Alliance so that they can save Jabiim.

In space, two X-Wing pilots, Wedge and Hobbie, are talking about how they should be doing a sweep of the area since that the orbit that they are in is covered in debris and it would make it easy for the Empire to make an attack whilst they are on the planet. Hobbie seems to be nervous about what could go wrong and Wedge brings up that there could be something that could spook the Rebels there and make them trigger-happy. They then get a communique from the somebody with the name/ codename of Dantels who says that they are going into the HQ and that they will give them coordinates when they get there.

Back on Jabiim, Hesz seems to be uncertain about the Rebels being here and feels annoyed being kept out of the loop and Nolan apologises for keeping him out of the loop but if word came out that he was seeking help from the Rebels that there would be problems that might come from their group and it does. Duane, who used to be led by Nolan’s father. He seems to be annoyed by this idea but Nolan asks from him just to listen to what Leia has to say. Leia starts her speech to the Rebels but she gets interrupted by one of the who asks what she really wants from them and she replies that she wants what they want, the end of the Empire’s oppression and that she doesn’t want them to lose their homeworld like her. Whilst Leia is giving her speech, a woman that she was with when she landed (I don’t know her name since that it isn’t said through the issue) starts talking to Luke and Luke basically goes on about how weird the past six months have been since that we went from daydreaming of leaving Tatooine and now he’s part of the Rebel Alliance and he doesn’t want to let Leia down since it seems to be hitting him strong. The woman tells Luke to relax and that he’ll be back to shooting imps down. A guy that they were also with tells him that he had become a beacon for the Rebels since he was the one that dropped the torpedo to destroy the Death Star.

The man then tells Luke that he is up and Leia tells the Rebels that he blew up the Death Star and that his full name is Luke Skywalker, which seems to enrage the Rebels, asking if it was the same as Anakin Skywalker and Luke then blurts out that his father was Anakin. The Rebels then surround the two of them and Luke goes to use his Lightsaber, but Leia stops him from using it and Nolan and Hesz try to calm the rest of them and Hesz says that they are mad because the only thing that they hate more than the Empire was a Jedi that stabbed them in the back. Nolan tells Duane to stand down, but Duane isn’t listening to him since that he and the rest of the Rebels want justice and blood. In Space, Wedge and Hobbie get word from the ground for them to leave Jabiim orbit or get shot down ending with them not knowing what to do.

Overall, I did like this issue, since I didn’t know much from the Dark Horse franchise I did feel a bit out of the loop since that there were two characters that I didn’t know and I still find it curious on why Leia was wearing a purple jumpsuit. Hopefully I will find the rest of the parts for the series since that I am rather curious about how they get off of Jabiim and also what Anakin actually did twenty years ago.

House of M #1 Review

When I started reading Marvel comics properly I started reading around the time that Avengers vs X-Men had started and at the end of that Hope and the Scarlet Witch used the Phoenix Force for something good and that was to make more mutants. This had me a bit confused when I finished reading the issue and I decided to do some research and read up on what happened in House of M, and a few years ago I picked it up and thought that it was okay but the ending is what makes it good for shaking up the Marvel universe. So, let’s see how this all started by looking at House of M #1.

The cover for it is alright, it’s just the Avengers and X-Men standing on what appears to be either a cliff or possible on top of peak or in crumbling city. However, the alternate cover is a lot more better as it features Scarlet Witch and her face and hands breaking away from her body, almost as if she is losing her mind and control of her powers.

The issue opens with Scarlet Witch in labour giving birth to twins and we see her later in bed surrounded by fellow Avenger members celebrating their births. But the celebrations get cut short when Professor Xavier comes in telling Wanda to put it back and that she doesn’t have any children. Wanda tells him no but Xavier keeps telling her to put the world back, which Wanda then does, through Xavier’s possible help, as that reality comes crashing around them and we see Wanda collapsing saying that she had killed the Avengers, one being her husband, with these events happening during the events of Avengers: Disassembled.

We find out that Xavier has returned to Genosha to rebuild a haven for the mutants where Magneto is also there. He tells Magneto that Wanda’s abilities are getting out of control and she doesn’t seem to be getting any better and they can’t keep on psychically putting her to sleep. Magneto apologises to Xavier saying that this is all his fault since that it was his fault that he put his children through all this mess so that they now can’t have a normal existence and he just floats away into a possible exile.

In New York City, Ms Marvel, Wonder Man and Falcon have been invited to the new Avengers Tower and question why they have been requested. Meanwhile at the top of the tower, the X-Men have landed and we see that for this X-Men team consisting of Beast, Emma Frost, Cyclopes, Wolverine, Kitty Pride and Colossus. Cyclopes asks Wolverine why the Avengers have invited them here but he tells him to wait a few seconds but it appears that Emma knows, but I don’t know since that in my copy the bottom of the page seemed to be cut off since that there seems to be half a panel that is missing and in a good two-page spread we see the Avengers with Xavier roughly in the middle and Kitty running over and hugging him. Cyclopes asks why he is here since that apparently there was a rift between them. Xavier then explains that he had gathered the two team together to discuss the fate of Wanda.

Back over in Genosha, Pietro is looking after his sister where Magneto asks him why he is here and he reveals to him that the Avengers and X-Men plan to kill her and he isn’t happy about it at all. But Magneto thinks that this could be the right idea since that it would a way to stop her powers from going haywire. But Pietro pledges that he will protect her from both him and the Avengers. But Magneto asks him what he would do and Pietro then breaks down at his father’s feet as he is slowly realising that there isn’t anything that they can do.

Back at Avengers Tower there seems to be a split decision on what they should do with Wanda since that there are members of the Avengers that think that this rather inhumane since that they are still dealing with a person that most of them would call friend. Emma asks Xavier, as he is the most powerful psychic on Earth, if he can help her, he replies saying that he wouldn’t have had to arrange this meeting if they had. Emma then turns her attention to Doctor Strange asking if he might have been any help with the mystic arts, but apparently, he is still looking into finding a solution. Captain America says that they should let Doctor Strange continue looking into a mystic cure but some of the X-Men think that it would be a waste of time since that they are fighting against the clock. Emma comes up with the suggestion that it should be up to a vote, which makes sense since that she was a part of the Avengers, but she is also considered to be a threat to the mutants as well as humans. But the vote doesn’t happen as both teams still are at heads with each other with the Avengers having their reasons to not want to kill Wanda, with Wonder Man’s previous relationship and Janet and her having a sister connection. This then leads to the idea that they should ask Wanda what they should do, which is a good and stupid idea since that this would mean that they could get her to do the old Star Trek motto of ‘The Needs of the Many’ or she could just use her powers and destroy all of them in one fell swoop.

They head to Genosha where they discover something more worse, Wanda isn’t in her bed or even on Genosha and then all Hell starts to break loose as when they start trying to find where Wanda is, Xavier goes missing. Emma discovers where Xavier is, luckily, he is still in Genosha, and they head out where they have a location, which leads them to what appears to be a church. Doctor Strange still hasn’t sensed Wanda since that in the past she has used mystic patterns but this time he isn’t sensing anything what so ever, but Emma is certain that they are inside. Spider-Man’s senses start to go off as they head into the church and we get something rather different for the series as we get two-pages of just images without text and Spider-Man seeing a white light. After the next page of the light getting bigger, we see Peter waking up to the sound of a baby crying and a woman saying that it is his turn, and as we see it turns out that Peter is now married to Gwen Stacey, ending the issue.

For a first issue, I do really like it since that it brings up a lot of problems that have happened in previous stories. But the thing that I do really like that was explored for the issue was dealing with an issue that was close to the not only the Avengers but also the X-Men and from what I remember, I don’t think that had happened at that point.

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5-6 Review

Previously in The Master Race, Ray Palmer let out a crazy cult of Kryptonians, in which he was killed, but in fact size changed to the sub atomic level, like what Scott Lang did in Ant-Man. Lara, the daughter of Superman and Wonder Woman, aligned herself with the Kryptonian group. Carrie has now taken the mantle of Batgirl.

Issue five opens with riots happening through Gotham City as residents are wanting Batman to surrender to the Kryptonians so that they could be saved. In the sewer system, two of the Bat-Army members are taking the Flash, who had his legs broke by the Kryptonians, is sent to one of Batman’s secret bases and Barry asks if he can save then in which Batman doesn’t reply and we cut over to where the micro issue for last issue left off. Carrie and Aquaman are underwater where Carrie is now sporting a Atlantean diving suit surrounded by dozens of Angler fish, and she is narrating how much her life has changed over the years, but she says that this is the is the strangest that she has seen and we have a two-page spread of the two of them still standing on top of the shark, but this time they are also surrounded by Atlanteans all riding different aquatic animals.

Back up top Lara asks Quar why they are letting the humans do their work for him since that they would be able to do it quicker and more efficient but he replies with that he gave them a choice and not a demand. Lara then let’s slip that she has a baby brother that lives with their mother and this intrigues him and we get a quick shoot over to Wonder Woman over throwing down a deer.

Somewhere in the middle of a sea, Aquaman and Carrie fish out the Black Matter Superman, in which she uses a tuning fork, not saying where she got it from, she sticks it in and the casing starts glowing and cracking, meaning that Superman is still alive. Back in Gotham, Quar is overlooking the destruction that is happening in Gotham and is happy with what he is seeing. But then a large explosion happens and we see the Bat-Tank and narrates about fear, we then get a shot from inside the tank and we see Batman decked out in his bulky power armour, but the most frightening thing that we see in the bottom of the page is a panel of Batman smiling.

The micro issue for this comic is rather pointless as it focuses around Lara and Baal who are going around the place having fun, in which Baal throws a car that slightly resembles the cover of Action Comics that Superman debuted in. It is rather boring with Baal kissing Lara and then her decking him in the face and then her making out with him in the ‘Amazon way’.

Superman and Carrie head back to the Bat-Cave where they find Barry suspended by wires and cables where it looks like that he is using the speed through his arms. Superman wants to get answers on what had happened but Barry cuts him off and by saying that he doesn’t have time as he is trying to manipulate weather patterns and we get eight panels of him trying to speed away with his hands but he still is having some problems since he isn’t used to use his hands for speed and he tells Superman to wait to see what they have install for him. There is something that I did find weird with this and that was with the way that the artist drew Superman and that is it appears to be drawn much younger than what he should have been.

Back in Gotham, Batman has stopped his Tank and the rioters try to surround and climb up to Batman in which the Kryptonians find him and we then see Yindel activating the Bat-Signal in which we see a large green light engulfing the Kryptonians and we see lightning and rain starting to pour green through the light. Quar orders his followers to attack Batman, but we see the Kryptonians falling out of the sky. As it turns out Batman used his money to create clouds to disperse synthetic Kryptonite through Gotham, not just making the Kryptonians lose their powers but to give an advantage to the angry mob so that they can beat them up. Batman goes one-on-one with one of the Kryptonians but it appears that he is having some problems trying to move, but it turns out that there is somebody there for him. And we see Superman inside a power armour shielding him from the rain and showing my Batman and Superman are the Super-Friends.

Issue 6 opens with the continuing after effect of Batman’s synthetic Kryptonite raincloud as one of the Kryptonians is confused on what was happening to them and says that they will die and Batman asks Superman who is going to shut him up, but we don’t find out who since we now cut over to the angry mob and the group of Kryptonians. One of the rioters throws a rock at one of them and it turns out that they can bleed so that must mean that they can kill them and they start chasing them, right into the path of Commissioner Yindel blocking their escape saying that they are going to bring justice. It is a wonderful two-page spread especially at the bottom of the page where we see the lines of shielded police with the rioters in the foreground with weapons sticking out.

Back with the Super Friends, we find out that Batman decided to beat up the Kryptonian, by grappling him and then throwing him into Superman’s chest. Carrie reunites with them and is given to the keys to the Bat-Tank and that all from them for the time being as we cut over to Quar, who gets hit by a bolt of lightning and he keeps on with his mad projecting saying that he is better than him and so forth. But one of the Bat-Army snipes what appears to be using a sonic and the rest of the army in the adjacent building fire off their guns and it manages to do a lot of damage sending him into a wall, where Batman has a recording device projecting the state that Quar is now in, showing him in a weakened state. But then we cut over to the old tropes from the Dark Knight series and that is the political satire portion where news about Quar is being shared and all of them saying different things. But the most notable and parodied for today’s modern politics is the one of Donald Trump.

It also turns out that Lara and Baal were the only two Kryptonians that weren’t in the city at the time since that in the micro issue last put them in another part of the world and they decide to give them an upper hand, by taking out a rioter by crushing his head. Baal then uses what seems to be an energy release like the heat beam that Superman uses, however with the way that he is drawn it looks like that he is just standing still and firing multiple blasts where it just seems confusing. Carrie notices what Baal did, since that the multiple blasts took out a flying troupe of Batmen, but it doesn’t last long as Baal is able to wreck the Bat-Tank by just standing still. Baal starts chasing Carrie from the site and she gets cornered in an ally, but she has an ace in her utility belt. A small ball of Kryptonite which she loads up into a sling shot and hits him straight in the eye causing his face to start melting and he flies off in pain.

The micro issue for this comic is good, but boy does the cover show how bad of an artist that Frank Miller is by having both Lara and Wonder Woman posing in mid-air kneeling forward but having their heads tilted backwards so that we can see their faces. The main plot for this story deals with Carrie and Lara, with Lara wondering why she is here and saying that she is going to be the chosen on of her death, but that is interrupted when Wonder Woman making the save, by binding Lara with the Lasso of Truth, which Lara easily snaps. They get into a fight and it comes to an end when Wonder Woman knocks Lara down trying to get through to her, but it is to no avail as she just flies away.

Back over with the Super-Friends, Batman notes that the Kryptonite Rain has started to disperse but Batman thinks that they won’t attack them again since he has sent fear into them. Superman says that he is going to finish them, but Batman rejects the idea stating that he wants them to lick their wounds and know what fear is. But Quar makes a parting shot with an eye beam that is aimed straight at Batman, and it doesn’t look good for our Dark Knight as on the final two pages as a EKG goes underneath the panel ending with Batman flat-lining and Batman final words of No Hospitals and for him to tell Carrie something.

Over all I found these two issues to be better than what the previous issues. But the most important thing that I like about this is the fact that it reunited Batman and Superman as friends which is something that I’m surprised that Frank Miller would have agreed to since that in DK2 and All-Star Batman and Robin where the two of them seemed to be opposites and not what their main continuity where there have been friends and have trust in each other. Next year I will continue looking at DK3 as I will review the final three issues as well as a possible look at The Last Crusade.

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.

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.