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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Comic Review: Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #3

Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #3
Writer: Alex de Campi
Artist: Chris Peterson
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publication Date: March 25, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
Price: $3.99
UPC:7 61568 26746 4 00511
Dark Horse Comics
Deputy Garcia is back, and this time the shotgun-toting Latina is sporting the latest in badass cybernetic enhancements! But can her new augmentations prepare her for the giant, man-eating ticks that now rise from a small southern town’s mysterious blood lagoon?

* Look for Alex de Campi on Archie vs. Predator in 2015!

If you love pulpy horror and you're somehow not reading this series, you're missing out. This time around, we actually are treated to a sequel of sorts for the first time with a return of Deputy Garcia from Grindhouse's inaugural tale, “Bee Vixens from Mars.”

Garcia and her friend, Wayne, are on a road trip to visit Wayne's crotchety old homophobe father to let him know he's fixing to get married … to the man he loves, Sergei, who happens to be a whiz at fixing Garcia up with some bionic gizmos to get her back up and running after getting shellacked by those honey-dipped demons. She's still got just the one eye though, but the eye-patch suits her.

And while Wayne's dad might be as fun to be around as an ornery alley cat, it's a far cry from the stressful ordeal Garcia had to contend with back home. At least the neighbors are nice. And there's a fishin' hole down the road—oops, that's a literal blood bath now on account of the slaughterhouse. Oh, and those giant ticks creeping up out of the blood might be an issue too.

“Blood Lagoon” takes a little while to kick into high gear, but we do need a few pages after all to get a feel for the relationship between Wayne and his dad and how that'll play out when all hell breaks loose. And it does hurt that Chris Peterson and Nolan Woodard do one heckuva job rendering the illustrations with this electric vibe of blues and purples, until the bugs show up and then it's a whole lotta red. And I want that monster truck!

There's a part in the book that feels a bit too cartoonish, even for a grindhouse-themed comic book, but still it was enough for me to shake my head. But not nearly enough to kill the story's momentum and dampen the overall enjoyment. If you are curious about the series, trust me when I say you need to find “Bee Vixens” and then come back to this right quick, because part two is gonna be a barnburner.

I hope.

4 Sheep

Gef Fox

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