Good evening deadies and mentalmen, and welcome to another nerve jangling edition of …”From behind the Couch”.
This week I struggled to focus on something to write about, I was considering doing something about classic monsters like, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, etc. and how they are represented in the Marvel and DC worlds, (I’ll come back to that I think), however, something awesome was thrust upon me! I was also given a digital copy of this little beauty, from the creative mind of Alex Ronald, released by Bump and Grind, the fabulously titled: “Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht”.
“Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht” is a spectacular combination of the wonderfully grotesque and supremely silly. It’s also a brilliant love letter to the Commando comics of a bygone era. The action is intense, violent and bloody, the story is bonkers and the narrative is at times delightfully incoherent. It was a time where men, were MEN and had proper moustaches, when Britain was a symbol of all that was good and proper in the world and Germany was the birthplace of an evil the world had never seen the likes of before. That sums up my recollection of Commando comics when I was a kid and this, would be tribute, celebrates the ultra macho and super patriotic roots of these comic books.
Having said that, there is a heavy dose of the “Carry On” film and innuendo laden comedy of 60’s and 70’s Britain woven through out. This works perfectly with the crazy bloodbath that ensues and creates a world that sits somewhere between “The Wicker Man”, “Blood Rayne” and “The Inglorious Bastards”.
The story is set during the beginning of World War 2 and sees the SS Occult division finding a bunch of Vampire women buried in a tomb within an underground church in North Africa. The nasty Nazis, we are led to believe, are planning to use these Vampires as super soldiers to further their plans for World Domination. Oh… I forgot, the vampires also appear to be smoking hot. We are also led to believe that these hot ass vampires may be the ‘Guardians of Ultima Thule’ the legendary keepers of the Aryan bloodline.
Fortunately, the plucky Brits have kidnapped one of the vampire babes and plan to use them for their own gain. With the help of the legendary Aleister Crowley they manage to convert the Vampire to fight for good ol’ Blighty.
Winston Churchill, genius leader and tactician that he was, pairs up this deadly vampire vixen with a pissed off, Nazi hating, Army Chaplin and they are instructed to go into enemy territory to kick some Satan worshipping, Nazi ass.
A veritable bloodbath, of gutting, decapitation and death by dismembered member ensues.
The copy I was given has an excellent foreword by Mark Millar, which is both funny and insightful. The Afterword by creator, co-writer and artist Alex Ronald is also a very interesting and enlightening look into the creative process and his inspiration for the comic.
The writers, Alex Ronald and The Emperor, have knocked the proverbial ball out of the park on this one. The story is great fun, the dialogue is snappy, quick fire and hilarious. What really stands out though is Alex Ronald’s artwork. Seriously guys and ghouls this dude is on another level. It’s almost photo realistic at times and it really leaps off the page. The detail is incredible.
I implore you to buy this comic, it will really make you laugh and possibly gag. I mean, don’t you want to know why Hitler only had one ball?
Go here and spend some of your hard earned money on this, £3 for a PDF copy and £5 for the real thing:
You won’t regret it.
It also would appear to be an ongoing story, so the Vampire Vixens will return, fantastic news.
Anyway, thanks for reading.
Good night, good fright.
IT GETS BETTER!
We will run THREE different events on Saturday 9th in TWO different venues!!!
The Big Glasgow Comic Mart returns to Walkabout from 11am - 6pm and will be followed by The Big Glasgow Comic Quiz IV from 7pm - 10:30pm
Now because Walkabout is OVER 18’s we will be running a Under 18’s Comic and Toy mart at a nearby venue at the same time (More details to come)
The Big Glasgow Comic Mart will go into it’s second day from 11am - 6pm and will be followed by two movies being shown on the big screen chosen by you guys.
COSPLAY IS ENCOURAGED AS THERE WILL BE A PRIZE GIVEN OUT DURING THE QUIZ AND ONE FOR THE BEST DRESSED Under 18’s!
Events for fans by the fans.
We take/make no money from these marts so therefore don’t charge for tables.
We welcome all vendors and there should be around 25 tables so get in touch ASAP to book your day or days.
See y’all on the 9th and 10th!
Spider-Man #45 -
Hugh Jackman takes on the Scarlettttttttt Scamuraiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.
Wolverine vs Deadpool, by In-Hyuk Lee.
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