Charles Band's Deadly Ten: Necropolis Legion is a bizarre, witch-embracing, origin story, that delivers on every conceivable level for horror and comicbook-loving fans. From Shawn Gabborin's (Puppet Master) writing to Mauricio Campetella's art, every damn thing about Necropolis Legion works...
...Brockton McKinney's opening dialog and Jason Strutz's intro art are a love letter to William Gaines, EC Comics, and HBO's Tales from the Crypt. I couldn't help but read in John Kassir's wickedly manic voice and hear the Crypt Keeper's nostalgic cackle fade into silence as the duo's intro cut away to the main story.
An origin story to Charles Band's Deadly Ten film of the same name, Necropolis Legion, shows how Eva, a spellcasting witch of darkness, shakes up her small village and begins her rise to power. Already in a position of influence as the wife of town Reverend, Maynard Gandy, Eva uses her prestige to lure unsuspecting women to either death or servitude. Campetella's artwork adds a genuine weight to Gabborin's story, lending visually disturbing imagery to Eva's actions.
The main story clocks in at twenty pages, with the intro and outro adding another two. There is more than enough here to whet the appetite for the companion film--though I wanted more once I had finished.
While Necropolis is meant to be a one-shot, I find myself hoping that Charles and Company might be willing to give us more in this series. The good news is that while Necropolis Legion may be a single read, it's part of a larger universe, the Deadly Ten, so we have nine more to go! And if the quality is on par with what we have here, then we are all in for a real treat!
Anyone familiar with Charles Band and his Full Moon Features knows precisely the type of tale they are going to read. Words cannot express the inner joy this comic brought me — a must-own for any Charles Band fan.
Necropolis Legion is now screaming in your local comic shops.
By Daniel Boucher