Saturday, October 16, 2021

 

Acer Bloodgood :

Conan: Book of Thoth + Spike vs. Dracula

Kurt Busiek fills in the details on Conan the Barbarian’s greatest enemy in Book of Thoth, while Peter David picks up the reins on former Buffy nemesis Spike with a mini-series featuring some interesting connection to the infamous Dracula.

 

Conan: Book of Thoth

A four-issue miniseries written by Kurt Busiek and Len Wein, Book of Thoth relates the engaging tragedy of a wretched beggar boy name Thoth who goes on to become Conan the Barbarian’s greatest enemy, Thoth-amon. Taking a Dickensian approach to the poverty and cruelty that crushes young Thoth’s spirit, and putting him on the path of no return, Busiek and Wein raise a taut, gothic nightmare from the dregs of a wasted life. Colorist Michelle Madsen applies a palette of blues, browns and golds to Kelley Jones’ dynamic and expressive illustration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spike vs. Dracula

Any Buffy fan with a pulse can tell you the Slayer met and dusted Dracula in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Episode 5.1. But only the chosen few can tell you how much money Dracula owed Spike from old, unfinished business, circa 1898 (eleven pounds.)

Read the fist issue of this five-part series written by Peter David to learn the origin of Dracula’s debt to Spike and how it’s connected to the Kalderash gypsy witch who first restored Angel’s soul. Later issues in this series incorporate Dracula into other points in Spike’s life that were discussed on Angel—including some business with the Third Reich, a character called the Immortal, and a visit by the Prince of Darkness to the Los Angeles offices of Wolfram and Hart.

 

Acer Bloodgood is the pen name of a longtime ComicBase writer acquired from a family of maple trees. There is some worry that this sobriquet is “too goth-weenie.” For the record, Acer grew up in California’s suburban sprawl and now lives in San Francisco where he whiles the nights away in dingy dive bars. He drinks whisky with seltzer and lemon.

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