Hellsing 1-4

Having faced the hordes of The Being and joining up with the Realm Knights, Liesel Van Helsing is still having trouble getting acquainted with modern living.  But, when her father’s journal mysteriously shows up at her home, Liesel is sent on a journey to uncover the truth about his disappearance.  However, will the truth finally bring her closure, or open up a whole new pain?  Helsing is the newest mini-series from writer Pat Shand that’s sure to bring you chills and thrills.

Monster hunter extraordinaire, Liesel Van Helsing prides herself on being ahead of the game.  Above all else, she’s an inventor and a builder and can readily whip up some new device or weapon for counteracting the dark hordes at a moment’s notice.  However, when a mysterious package arrives for her one evening, she isn’t exactly prepared for what she finds inside.  A relic from the past, her father’s journal, something that Liesel had thought long gone had suddenly just turned up.  Who could have sent this and why?  Liesel was eager to delve into the contents only to find that the last few pages were missing.  She was so close to finding out what had become of her father, so Liesel went on the only clue she had and made her way to Italy where things just got stranger.  No sooner does she find the shop that the journal came from, is Liesel attacked by vampires who had been awaiting her arrival.  The shop doesn’t fare so well, but she gains an ally, as well as a few more pages of the journal, in the shop’s owner Jonathan Harker.  He didn’t know much, but what he did led them to Liesel’s hometown, London.  According to Liesel, not much had changed since her time, so her and Jonathan find their way to her old home, or at least where it used to be before a school was built over top of it.  Liesel begins her search in one of the classrooms until a teacher barges, not really getting what’s going on.  So, as luck would have it Liesel is attacked yet again only this time a minion of Dracula himself has shown up to lead her to his master.  Liesel and Jonathan make the trek to Transylvania to confront the Count, only she finds more than anticipated.  Liesel has travelled long and far to find out why her father’s journal just suddenly appeared before her after all of these years.  She had a few close calls, but kept her wits about her when it really mattered.  If anything this is a story about Liesel’s self-discovery, looking to see if maybe there’s more to her than just a genius inventor.  She’s always been sure of herself, but it’s everyone else that’s kept her on guard.  Perhaps now she’ll finally learn how to let someone in.

Another great series by Pat Shand, he’s building up quite the bevy of badass beauties.  Between Robyn, Red and now Liesel, Pat sure knows how to bring these ladies to life.  However, what once was the wow factor, has become nothing more than the expected.  Before I go any further, let me just point out that this is a good series, a great one even with Liesel being just plain awesome and not taking crap from anyone.  She perseveres through thick and thin and is always quick with that dry British wit.  With that being said, I honestly couldn’t really find anything that really grabbed my attention.  Nothing made me pause while reading to say to myself, “Wow, that’s pretty cool, I gotta re-read that.”  But, maybe that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Lately, I’ve been reviewing a lot of different series written by Pat Shand, so I’ve kind of become accustomed to his superb writing style.  Which brings me to my point where any sort of slip in his quality of writing would probably surprise me the most.  So, for any new readers just delving into this series, or any other by Pat Shand, prepare for an experience.

With the truth behind her father’s disappearance just out of her grasp, Liesel is determined to put this case to rest, once and for all.  With the forces of Dracula himself hot on her heels, will her intuitive mind be enough to save her?  The Helsing series is definitely not one to be missed, so be sure to pick up all four issues because I’m sure you’ll want a STAKE in this too.  That’s right, I went there.  For more info on where to find these issues visit the Zenescope website, or the Zenescope Facebook page.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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