Saturday, October 16, 2021

Acer Bloodgood:


Wars, espionage, and demonic forces. Fiends of the Eastern Front collects an early horror piece from long-time 2000 A.D. scribe Gerry Finley-Day. Then, Jeff Parker brings some smart ideas to the spy action of The Interman.



Fiends of the Eastern Front

This 10-part serial originally ran the British weekly 2000 A.D. issues #152-161, circa 1980.

Engineers working on a construction project in British West Berlin uncover a buried room containing the remains of a German WWII soldier and his diary. The diary recounts a horror story about Rumanian vampires fighting on the WWII’s eastern front.

Written by Gerry Finley-Day and illustrated in black and white by Carlos Ezquerra, Fiends on the Eastern Front contains few real surprises, but makes for entertaining fiction with a nice vintage feeling.











The Interman

Created by a genetic experiment from the 1960s designed to create humans that can survive a nuclear war, the Interman can modify his DNA at will to adapt to detrimental environments, quickly learn new fighting styles, heal from mortal wounds, et cetera. These skills come in handy when a cabal of international agents, spies, assassins, geneticists, and crime lords draw the Interman in to a complicated, far-reaching plot.

The 128-page, full-color graphic novel by writer/illustrator Jeff Parker blends well-executed action sequences with extensive character development.

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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