Monday, October 20, 2008

Eerie 77

A terrific Richard Corben cover for this issue, arguably his most famous Warren one.

First is "Within You... Without You" the first part of a new series from Richard Corben (art) and Bruce Jones (story). A group of scientists manipulate the mind of a telepathic young woman, who happens to be the wife of one of them, such that she is telepathically in prehistoric times, finding dinosaurs. When an Earthquake hits her link to reality gets screwed up, so they recruit Lydecker, a man who has similar telepathic abilities, but he also had a prior relationship with her. When a dinosaur attacks however, Lydecker is eaten, killing him in the present. An interesting story that becomes even more complicated over the next few stories.

Second is the second and final Moonweavers story, "The Gift". Art is by Leopold Sanchez, who once again turns out a terrific job, and story is by Budd Lewis. "The Gift" in question is the inpregnation of a woman due to an alien from the 'Dark Star' which Gerome and Jason are able to sense. Not as good a story as the previous one unfortunately, and the series would conclude here.

Third is "Demons of Nob Hill" by Jose Ortiz (art) and Bill Dubay (story). Jedediah Pan and his son head to the town of Nob Hill where a womanizer gets a hold of one of the bracelets. Using the other one, they are able to defeat him. Pan tosses aside his bracelet, which is picked up by a priest.

Fourth is the finale for the 'Demons' series, "The Demons of Father Pain" by Jose Ortiz (art) and Bill Dubay (story). Color is provided by Dubay's wife Peggy. Father Pain uses the bracelet to get a lot of money for his church. Jeremiah confronts him about it, revealing that he wasn't aware that the demons were killing people to get the money. Quite a naive guy. With this the series ends, although the bracelet would later be used in Vampirella's series a few years later.

Fifth is the Oogie finale, "Oogie and the Lie" by Esteban Maroto (art) and Bill Dubay (story). Buck Blaster is cancelled, and things aren't the same for Leroy and co. because of that. Prunie and Oogie are revealed to have been having an affair with each other, and Oogie takes away her god-like powers. He then creates a clone of her so he and Leroy can each have her. The series concludes here. Overall it was quite a dissappointing one, with Maroto(who is usually one of Warren's two or three best artists)'s art getting progressively worse with each story. This story infact contains an obvious swipe from Luis Garcia's "Song of a Sad Eyed Sorceress" from Vampirella 18. The storyline also never was all that interesting either, particularly after the first part.

The issue concludes with a new series, Cronk, in "Stalker in the Maze" by the team of Carmine Infantino & Wayne Howard (art) and Nicola Cuti (story). Cronk is a pig/warthog humanoid hero. After his parents were murdered, he went to live with a human family as a pet, but once it was revealed that he could talk he became like a son to them. In this story Cronk goes after and successfully kills the two men who killed his parents.

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