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Friday, December 1, 2023

Comic Review: Lords of LA #1 Frank Zanca

Lords of LA #1
by Frank Zanca
Art by: Alex Femenias, Maria Keane
Colors by: Luis Antonio Delgado, James Brown
Letters by: Anaid Melendez
Cover art by: Hedwin Zaldivar
Genre: Graphic Novel, Action/Horror
Publisher: Destiny Horizons, Inc.
Number of pages: 48
Cover Artist: Joe Sanchez
Vampires, the Mob, 1950s Hollywood = Awesome

Lena Morgan was an exotic-looking lounge singer with hopes of achieving the Hollywood dream in 1952. Here dreams were dashed when she became entangled in a lust triangle between the two mob bosses who ruled the city. She found herself turned into a vampire and was forced to leave her newborn son behind for fear of losing control and hurting him. She spent sixty years training to live among humans, building a fortune, and learning not only to fight, but to dominate. Returning to LA, she has one thought, one goal – revenge on both crime families.

Lords of LA is an 18+ indie horror graphic novel. My review of Issue #1 one is below. Issue #2 is currently on Kickstarter with only a few days left to support. Here is the link to check it out
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Review of Issue #1
Lords of LA Issue #1 does give all the 1950s mobster vibes. These vampires are pure evil like they should be in a horror story. If you need trigger warnings, this graphic novel (heavy on the graphic) is probably not for you. There is a lot of violence and blood and torture of men and women and lots of sex.
I really enjoyed the story. It happens in two timelines: in the 1950s, when the protagonist, Lena Morgan, is attacked by a vampire mobster, and in 2006 when she returns for her revenge. To help keep the timelines straight, the 50s have tan backgrounds and 2006 has blue. Keeping up with the "when" is pretty easy. But I did have problems keeping up with who the characters were. Sometimes, they looked too much alike. I had to go back and reread to keep people and multiple plots straight. There were a few plot holes too.

There is a lot of potential for this horror comic series. And who doesn't love a pissed-off character getting revenge on those who deserve some karma?

4 "bloody" Sheep


About the Author:

Frank Zanca is an award-winning writer and producer with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Frank’s first published work was the Shadow Raven comic book in 1995. He has since created the Destiny Aurora franchise, which has been wildly successful in both novel and graphic novel forms. It also spawned a board game, and the audiobook is now available on Audible. Also available on Amazon is Frank’s acclaimed WWII biography Escape from Berlin based on the life of Diane Jacobs.

Frank wrote and produced Six Gun Savior, the Supernatural/Western, starring Eric Roberts and Martin Kove (Cobra Kai), along with Star Trek: Renegades.

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