Thursday, May 22, 2008

Eerie 49

A pretty good cover from Enrich here, in a rare non-Vampi cover by him. It features our first story, "Marvin the Dead Thing: One is the Lonliest Number" by Esteban Maroto (art) and Allen Milgrom (story). This story is a parody of the swamp thing, featuring an ignored man who kills himself by jumping in the river, but he comes back to life as a horrific monster. He returns to work, scaring a bunch of people, and eventually befriends a girl who is killed when people try to kill him. He throws her in the river and she becomes a swamp monster just like him! Very funny story.

Up next is "The Death of a Friend!", second part of the series "The Mummy Walks", by Jaime Brocal (art) and Steve Skeates (story). This story takes place in Boston, where Jerome Curry (who appeared at the end of the prior story) occupies a mummy using the amulet he found an dkills a couple. His girlfriend's brother is a witness to the murder, but by the end of the story, the mummy walks again and claims him as another victim.

Third is "Midnight Prey" by Bill Dubay & Rich Buckler (art) and Al Milgrom (story), part two of the Curse of the Werewolf serial. In this segment, Arthur Lemming returns to his human self, not knowing that in his werewolf form he had killed his own daughter. He confronts the man his wife has been sleeping with during a meeting, and the man, lying, accuses Lemming's wife of being a witch, which is promptly believed by everyone after Arthur transforms back into a werewolf and attacks them. By the end of the story Lemming has killed his wife's lover, but the questions surrounding his wife still linger on. Another very good story, although it would be the last drawn by Dubay & Buckler. The back cover of this issue mistakenly says that Lemming's wife is dead, which is not true at this point in the storyline.

Next is "Over Population!" by Paul Neary (art) and Rich Margopoulos (story), which has the series title 'Alien Nation' (although this was the only story of this series, so it appears to have been cancelled). This is a rather dull story to me, in fact I've feel asleep both times I've read it! It features the government putting into place population control in the future by killing select people. Of course one of the protagonists ends up being chosen as one of the people who has to die. A lot of action here, but not all that memorable a story with me.

Next is "Fear Itself!" by Isidro Mones (art, miscredited to Munes) and Steve Skeates (story). The story features an extremely paranoid man who goes so over the edge that he ends up killing his own daughter and her lover when he mistakes them for people stalking him. Really good art by Mones here, who was one of Warren's best artists during his original run with the company.

We wrap up the issue once again with Dax the Warrior by Esteban Maroto. This issue's segment is titled "The Vampire". Dax comes across a large castle and comes across a beautiful woman inside, who as a vampire is accidently killed when she is caught within the shadow of the hilt of Dax's sword (which forms a cross). Her father, also a vampire confronts him over her death and transforms into a creature which Dax fights and eventually beats when he unknowingly lures him outside into the sunlight. Terrific art in this segment, which is one of the two skipped in the Dax compilation in issue 59.

Outside of the Neary/Margopoulos story, a great issue!

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