Author: Emily Lauer

The Dracula File Offers Bite-Sized 1980s Horror

The Dracula File Gerry Finley-Day, Simon Furman and Ken Noble (writers); Eric Bradbury, Geoff Senior and Keith Page (artists) Rebellion: 2000 AD October 16, 2017 (Originally serialized in SCREAM! issues 1-15, 1984 and Holiday Specials 1985-1988) The Dracula File offers cozy horror nostalgia. Both the art style and the text—“Meanwhile, behind the Iron Curtain, a KGB officer was more than suspicious”—bring a contemporary reader back to the days of the mid-1980s, when heavy, sketchy black-and-white comics had thick panel borders and narrow gutters, and when vampires were not sexy. In fact, no one in this book is sexy, not even...

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Kid Sherlock #3: “Missing Equipment” by Justin Phillips and Sean Miller is Light and Fun

Kid Sherlock #3 Justin Phillips (writer and letterer), Sean Miller (pencils and inks), Lesley Atalansky (colors) Action Lab Comics August 23, 2017 In the third issue of Kid Sherlock, the playground equipment for classroom 221 at Baker Elementary has gone missing, and the eponymous kid Sherlock and his faithful pal Watson solve the mystery of where it has gone. As was the case for issues #1 and #2, it offers a fast-paced, child-appropriate plot with many references to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories that a parent will enjoy catching. These references are light, and child readers...

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