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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Comic Review (ARC): Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #1 Bee Vixens From Mars! part 1


Bee Vixens from Mars #1 by Alex de Campi
Writer: Alex de Campi
Artist: Chris Peterson
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date: October 02, 2013
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
UPC:7 61568 22741 3 00111
Literature: overrated. Morality: expendable. Tonight is right for some over-the-top sex and violence! Bringing the flavor of midnight exploitation flicks to comics, Grindhouse delivers four two-issue gore operas, starting with “Bee Vixens from Mars,” pitting a one-eyed southern Latina deputy against lusty alien chicks bent on laying eggs in the entire male population!

* Covers by superstar artists Francesco Francavilla and Coop!

* First issue in a brand-new series of B-movie masterpieces!

* Eisner nominee Alex de Campi (Smoke, Ashes) is a writer to watch in 2013!

* Future arcs feature art from Simon Fraser (2000 AD), Federica Manfredi (True Blood, Hack/Slash), and Gary Erskine (The Mask)!

Take one of those schlocky sci-fi/horror flicks from the 60s and 70s, give it a 21st century coat of paint, and you've got Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight, the new series from Dark Horse.

All I had to see was Francesco Francavilla's cover art to know that I had to take this first issue for a test drive. And with the tag-line at the bottom ("Sleazeball Tested, Pervert Approved"), the book delivers what it promises, and has me reevaluating my moral code.

Right out of the gate, the B-movie quality of the story leaps off the page thanks to Chris Peterson's artwork, along with the coloring touches of Nolan Woodard. I mean, if the lurid imagery of the first page doesn't hammer home the kind of story you're about to read, the second page damn sure will.

With a couple of buxom besties, Betty and Arlene, going to town on a jar of honey scored from a hive atop Cemetery Hill, it seems pretty clear that it ain't the usual kind you find down at the Piggly Wiggly. And while they're caught up in the kind of bliss reserved for the wet dreams of fourteen-year-old boys, Betty's boyfriend, Jimmy, gets word from his one-eyed deputy of a disturbance up on Cemetery Hill.

Well, disturbance is one thing. An eviscerated corpse and something big and nasty waiting in the bushes is something else entirely.

If you have an affinity for those old movies like Kingdom of the Spiders or The Blob, chances are you're going to get a kick out of this book. Mind you, the cheesecake factor is quite high, so be ready for gratuitous cleavage shots and more puns and innuendo than you can shake a honey-dipped stick at. But if the title of the series isn't a big enough indicator for you, then you'd best not bother reading it.

4 Sheep

Gef Fox


  1. Cheesecake? Love it. Puns? Awesome. Innuendo? My middle name. Cleavage? SOLD! Sounds so awesome Gef!