Halloween always has me picking up my favorite horror comics…you have your Tomb of Dracula, Wicked West, Swamp Thing, Sword of Dracula and other great items, but perhaps my favorite read is the (sadly incomplete) Blood Reign. Artist and series writer (with Dave Curl) Tim Tyler is someone whose work I enjoy a lot for a variety of reasons. Known more for his inking skill, he worked on books such as Dreadstar, Faust, Razor and lots of others-but when he runs the entire artistic show he just goes utterly berserk in a way that few can match. Blood Reign is a work built on enthusiastic excess as we follow the adventures of a vampiric “hero” that battles through the corrupt city of Santorini-and manages to bend time and space to drag in “The Dead Crew” as the series mutates faster than Waldemar Daninsky during a full moon! Once the lead is split with his lady Blood Reign things get completely out of hand. I was going to tell you more, but why bother-because you can read a bunch of it here!
But wait, there is more…DEVIL JACK was a visual continuation of Blood Reign and not only is the original series available to read online but it actually has a conclusion now. What is fun about reading this, for me, is the progression of the artists work over a decade. Still enthusiastic, still one of a kind-I’m in for anything Tim Tyler does.