Focus On Zenescope

Now there’s an image. Captain Carrot alone in Calie’s Wonderland! ‘Cos that is one evil Cheshire Cat, and not even Roger Rodney Rabbit could keep his upbeat attitude after being chopped to pieces a time or two. I can see an inter-company crossover coming on.

The Waking #1

I haven’t spoken a great deal about the Zenescope range of titles, but I really want to draw your attention to last weeks The Waking #1. At the end of the first issue I still don’t know just what the story is about, but I do know I want to know more. And if this series reaches the same high level of quality that the others of the line do, then I know I will be more than satisfied.

The Waking offers a traditional evil little girl, not that we actually see a great deal of her. Dead bodies rise out of the morgue, well, a dead body at least, not a whole zombiepocalypse. (We’ve must have seen enough of the zombiepocalypse by now surely?) Seasoned with a selection of hard-bitten cops that rapidly become three-dimensional characters, the issue leaves you with a whole sense of wanting more.

Now the standard that I will be holding the title to is the excellent Wonderland trilogy, Return To Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, and the current Escape from Wonderland. Frequently emblazoned with covers that are attracting the T&A market, but, although I wouldn’t accuse the titles of phenomenal depth, the story rolls along with ease, and a not a few surprises. It delivers a warped vision of Wonderland (like the original was so ‘straight’ in comparison), with a voracious evil underlying the entire realm, a form of madness personified that corrupts everything that it touches. I’ve not seen the movie release yet, but I imagine this version is intensely more brutal. And it’s a far cry from the Wonderland Captain Carrot visited in the Eighties.

Now there’s an image. Captain Carrot alone in Calie’s Wonderland! ‘Cos that is one evil Cheshire Cat, and not even Roger Rodney Rabbit could keep his upbeat attitude after being chopped to pieces a time or two. I can see an inter-company crossover coming on.

Zenescope plan to bring the TV series Charmed to comics in the near future. I wonder if they will be able to find the readers in numbers similar to the Buffy series? It’s a brave effort, unless you look at their other offerings, and I hope they catch a mass market appeal with this.

Still, if you like your horror comics, then Zenescope is well worth a look. In my mind, they are the classics of today, a modern day EC. I’m just waiting for the Concerned Mothers Of America to attack them. After all, if they have been entertained by Glenn Beck, you just know they are lurking out there ready to attack comics again!

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A devoted follower of the comics industry and their characters since a child, Darren now plays in many media but always returns to characters in skin-tight costumes beating each other up on the page. Radio host, blogger, fanfic author and producer of You Tube content, Darren idles away his days until his digital conquest of the world is complete.

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