Dark Horse’s Grindhouse: Doors Open At Midnight #3 Review

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by Carl R. Jansson
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The correctional transport ship Antares is home to the baddest beauties this side of the Milky Way, but when their demented warden starts taking her jollies from the prisoners’ hides, the babes of Block E fix to bust out!

Alex de Campi and company continue to bring the sleaze in this, the first part of the Prison Ship Antares two-parter. This time the eroticism is a much more prominent, and much more exploitative. Alex has brought us a story heavily influenced by sexploitation films such as Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, but she gives it a wonderful sci-fi spin, keeping it fresh while still paying homage. In the back matter it is made clear that she has done her research, or just loves the source material, and she does it proud.

Grindhouse 3The story moves quickly, full of violence, gore, and plenty of nudity on every page keeping with the genre’s inherent nature. This book is definitely not for everybody, and I found this story to be much less engaging than the previous tale, less campy, but it is still an interesting experiment on their part. Now don’t get me wrong, de Campi’s writing is just as fantastic as ever, with snappy dialog and frantic pacing, and the story is just as demented as the first, I just feel this tale is lacking in fun. It’s a too little heavy. Though the characters this time around are almost instantly easy to connect with, which was my one gripe the previous two issues.

This new story brings with it a new artist, Simon Fraser, and he is a great match for de Campi’s twisted script. He draws women of every shape and size, which rarely happens in comics, and I found quite refreshing. He can render sexy women for sure, but he renders horrific scenes of violence and gore just as well. With Victoria Lau providing colors alongside Fraser himself, the story really does look quite fantastic. Not too flashy, preferring muted tones and an almost airbrushed style over the harder edged gradients of many comics.

So, even though I didn’t find this story to be as fun as Bee Vixens From Mars, I would never say it wasn’t entertaining enough for me to pick up the next issue, as I really want to see the girls make their great escape and vanquish their evil warden.

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