Now this is a monster mash we can really get behind!
Mythical, hot-rodding creatures race in the nine layers of Dante’s Inferno to raise hell on earth once again. Most are unaware that monsters such as Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies once roamed the face of the earth but were banished to hell for their unspeakable acts on humanity. Now in the depths of Dante’s vision of hell, Satan holds a race once a millennium, a race unknown to man called The Showdown. Frankenstein greasers, Stitch and Merc, members of a car club called The 500’s, are challenged by other hot-rodding ghouls from all walks of existence, such as The Hell Howlers, rockabilly werewolves with muscle cars, and The Bone Crusaders, a skeleton crew of motorcycle bandits, in this death-match exhibition of fantastic horror and campy grindhouse. Who will win this fuel burning, hot-rod race and get a chance to raise hell on earth once again?
-Series synopsis via Amazon
If you’re a fan of campy horror and its many sub-genres, this is a series you’re definitely going to want to check out. It has just about anything you can ask for from an entertaining horror series. There are Frankenstein monsters, werewolves, zombies, vampires, demons, and a whole bunch more creatures to sink your teeth into. Or rather, sink their teeth into you.
There are 14 different kind of monsters that partake in The Showdown, which is a race through Dante’s Seven Circles of Hell—which is exactly as awesome as it sounds. The winner of the race gets to raise Hell on earth once more.
By the end of the second volume we’re close to having almost half of the different crews being eliminated from the race. So believe me when I say, there is a lot going on in this story. It’s full of action and humor.
Both of the artist for each one of these volumes do a very fine job. They each have their unique styles that blend well with this kind of story. One of the things I really like about this series is the character design for all the different monsters involved in this story.
Along with the great character designs are the fantastic car designs. You have everything from hot-rods to muscle cars. There’s even a motorcycle gang! And all of this is done with a horror overtone that really pulls everything together in a strange and somehow perfect way. You’d think a story about monsters racing in Hell would be bizarre, and you’d be right. But it works so well. It’s such an original and fun series.
When I got the email from my editor about reviewing this series, I was pretty curious to see what it was going to be about. The premise was intriguing, but often times indie books like this don’t tend to deliver. But what can I say? Clearly I was not disappointed in what these two volumes had to offer.
I can without a doubt say this is a really cool story and I can’t wait to see how it concludes. It’s very rare a story like this crosses our path. I highly recommend everyone give this a shot. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
The first and second volume of The Showdown get…
4 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots
If you want to check out the second volume, take a look at its ongoing Kickstarter campaign. And while you’re at it, feel free to head over to The Showdown Facebook page as well.