• Fistful Of Blood #3

    Fistful Of Blood #3
    Released by: IDW Publishing
    Released on: December 30th, 2015.
    Written by: Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley
    Illustrated by: Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley
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    When we last left town, a dim-witted family of tourists had arrived just in time for what we assume is going to be a fairly massive showdown between the zombie Von Bismark family and the vampire McDonald family over who gets to do what to our nameless, but remarkably buxom, gun-slinging heroine.

    That family is lured into the tavern and tricked into remaining calm until the monsters reveal their true selves and chow down on the new arrivals. Our heroine interrupts with some help from her trusty side iron, but the tavern owner tells her she can’t do that. Doesn’t stop her from putting a bullet through the head of one of the town bloodsuckers, but she kicks him to the side and takes care of him as well. The mother and daughter are still left alive, and he grabs them up, puts them in a truck and gets them the Hell out of town while he still can and once they’re safely away, he walks back into his fine establishment to find the gunslinger doing shots with the McDonalds.

    But has she really taken the side of the vampires? The zombies don’t seem to think so, and the tavern owner just seems confused. She’s clearly up to something here, and honestly it doesn’t seem like it would take much to outsmart either one of the warring factions that have been wreaking havoc in the town for so many years now…

    Well, with one issue left to go it makes perfect sense that this would end on a pretty serious cliffhanger, and it does. In true Leone fashion, here we see our woman with no name playing both sides against each other, but to what effect? We’ll find out next month, it would seem. This was a fun issue, however. The opening slaughter of the family is actually fairly humorous, and it’s clear that we’re not meant to take any of this all too seriously. Yeah, she’s drawn like a twelve year old boy’s wet dream and yeah, that’s maybe not going to sit well with some but this is basically the comic book equivalent of an exploitation movie by way of a spaghetti western/horror hybrid so on that level it doesn’t really feel all that out of place or even inappropriate (if everything in the book is inappropriate than is anything actually inappropriate?).

    The artwork, redone by Eastman, bears more of his mark than Simon Bisley’s but it’s all there if you look for it. This is splattery, messy and kind of out of control in a lot of ways but at the same time there’s a good bit of detail in the backgrounds and in the different characters that populate this strange world. Good use of color too. This book isn’t deep, but it’s fun, trashy entertainment.

    Eastman once again contributes some text and illustrations in a Behind The Scenes segment that explains how the original black and white story was redone for this new color edition along with some character design sketches and some page breakdowns.