• Fistful Of Blood #4

    Fistful Of Blood #4
    Released by: IDW Publishing
    Released on: February 10th, 2016.
    Written by: Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley
    Illustrated by: Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley
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    The adventures of our scantily clad and ridiculously endowed gunslinger come to a close in this fourth and final issue of Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley’s Fistful Of Blood, reprinted in this ‘remastered’ edition by IDW Publishing (it was originally serialized in black and white in the pages of Heavy Metal).

    The innkeeper has our heroine stashed away in a church because he doesn’t think that the heathen monsters will come inside. He’s sent his family off to safety but feels obligated to help her but when he heads outside to get them some food, both the vampires and the zombies that have been running the town for years make it clear that they’re none too happy with him. Thankfully for him, the cops show up before he’s killed – he covers for the monsters, tells him that the fire he saw was from some brush that he was burning.

    The cop splits, but then a gang of bikers arrives on the scene. Heavily armed bikers at that. They lay into the zombies but then the vampires arrive – chaos erupts and a lot of people are left dead. Things get very bloody, one of the biker’s girls is raped, and the monsters enjoy some ‘biker McNuggets.’ Then, just as the innkeeper is about to get his just deserts, there’s a huge explosion and out of the explosion she emerges, a veritable ‘angel of death’ armed to the teeth and suck of the vampires and the zombies alike.

    And then… all Hell broke loose! “FUMPITY BLAMM!”

    The ultraviolent conclusion to this ridiculously over the top series ends things pretty well, actually. This is one of those series that’s out to do nothing more than entertain you, it’s not deep and it’s not particularly cerebral but it is filled to the brim with guts, gore and a sexy heroine. There’s a lot of humor in here, not just in the situations but in the reactions that we get from the zombies and the vampires and the bikers as over the span of the issue they’re more or less laid to waste. And of course, there’s a big twist towards the end that at least hints at who this buxom gunslinger really is and why she wound up in this town in the first place

    The artwork, which is Simon Bisley’s material ‘remastered’ by Eastman and then colored by Tomi Varga, is just as gonzo as the storyline. Eyeballs pop out of skulls, bullets tear through flesh, limbs are severed from their torso’s and there is no shortage of super stylish carnage here. Again, realism is not a concern, nor does it need to be. All in all, a pretty fun read if you go into it with the right set of expectations and an eye for exploitation style storytelling.

    In the back pages of this issue, we get some promotional art done to generate interest in a film version of the story as well as some conceptual art drawn up for the same reason. There are some different character designs in here as well as some basic storyboard pages.