The Emperor, Alex Ronald
Mark Millar or Paul Campion
Created by Alex Ronald & published by Bump and Grind Comics
I first heard about this comic on the 2000AD Forums and have looked forward to reading it for quite a while. The comic launches at Glasgow Comic Con 13th & 14th July 2013.
Alex has previously been published in 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine. The Emperor is a bit of an enigma but has been published in Fortean Times. Jim Campbell has also been published in 2000AD and the Megazine as well as the Hoax Hunters.
Vampire Vixens contains adult themes, so do many of the things I review but not all. This comic contains graphic violence and nudity. But it is called Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht so I guess that comes with the territory.
The story is set in World War Two as the title suggests, historical figures such as Sir Winston Churchill and Aleister Crowley appear in the comic, as does a young Adolph Hitler. So the story is solidly set in an alternate timeline, we hope…
The German army exhumed a number of female Vampires from an undisclosed location in North Africa and through use of dark magic enslaved them to their will. The British managed a counter spell and snared one of them for themselves. She arrived in a rather beaten up U-boat with an eaten up crew.
The Vampire Vixen, Libyenah, is teamed up with an Army Chaplain named Morris. Their mission, to stop the Nazi SS Occult Division from casting a powerful spell inside Germany using Hitlers famous severed ball.
The story is played straight but there are some rather hilarious elements, including the 1901 flashback to the incident regarding Hitler’s and his mother. The over all feel of the strip is that of a Boys Own adventure or something from Battle Picture weekly or Commando; except for the scantily clad sexy undead lady and the nude Nazi coven, etc.
It is hard not to think of Hellboy in some ways. Nazis, Magic, Baddy-thing-on-our-side.
What stunning art. Each page is a delight to look at for the sheer quality of the artwork.
This is the first page of the Prologue, absolutely marvelous. The quality from page to page is outstanding.
This comic has been worth the wait, sadly the wait goes on because at the moment the only way to get a copy is at comic conventions. As I stated at the top of this article the launch is at Glasgow Comic Convention and Alex is also taking it to Thought Bubble in Leeds in November.
You can keep up to date with developments regarding the comic on the Facebook Page, you know you want to.