Red Agent: Beast of Belgium – Review
Red Agent – Beast of Belgium is a supernatural horror comic where the horror of World War 1 collide with the modern day Superheroism of Britney Waters aka Red Agent.
Red Agent – Beast of Belgium is published by Zenescope.
Synopsis: In 1914 Belgium a terrible creature stalks the World War I battlefields, ripping the throats from soldiers and tearing their bodies to pieces. Whispers of the Beast of Belgium spread through the terrified ranks of soldiers on both sides of no man’s land.
Over one hundred years later, in present-day Paris, the bodies of gang members are being found with their throats torn open and their bodies mangled, and rumors are spreading that the Beast has somehow returned and found its way to the City of Love. Britney Waters, a.k.a. Red Agent, has been tasked with finding the truth behind the murders and the mysterious Beast, a mission that might just cost her her life.
Red Agent: Beast of Belgium is written by Joe Brusna with art by Jordi Tarragona and lettering by Taylor Esposito. Red Agent: Beast of Belgium will be available in local comic stores from 26th August, 2021.
Red Agent: Beast of Belgium – Story
Telling the story of a Frankenstein werewolf adorned with a Germany stylised soldiers helmet and gas mask (spoilers! Sorry kids). Red Agent: Beast of Belgium brings to light that this very beast is taking out all the mobsters in France?! I guess we can only draw a logical relation to World War 1 if we’re in Europe, right? That seems to be the direction Brusna is taking us down and we just have to accept it…
But then, gigantic Frankenstein werewolf with gas mask. I guess we’re being a little selective with our logical connections here, aren’t we Brusna?
Enter Britney Waters aka Agent Red and Agent Avril as they’re mobilised to Europe and ultimately Belgium to track down the beast and take down the puppet master behind the beast’s rage (don’t worry kids I’m not going to spoil that for you). In a fantastic display of supernatural gore and happy endings the beast is left to escape and howl at the moon for another spooky spectacle in a future issue of Red Agent.
Red Agent: Beast of Belgium – Art
The artwork of Red Agent: Beast of Belgium is going to capture fans of J Scott Campbell as Tarragona’s artwork utters shades of Gen 13 and Danger Girl in the character highlights and overall shape of Agent Red and Agent Avril.
While the highlights of Red Agent are the gore and darker tones which reveal the Beast of Belgium numerous times throughout the issue. There’s a spine tingling feeling with each of these reveals in a way that can best be described as R Rated Scooby Doo.
Tarragona expertly makes The Beast of Belgium less ridiculous as a concept and more hellacious and vile. Tarragona sells the believability of this one shot in ways few other artists could.
Red Agent: Beast of Belgium – Conclusion
Red Agent: Beast of Belgium takes the what the fuckery of a gas mask wearing psychotic Frankenstein werewolf and wears it proudly on its sleeve. Here’s a one shot that looks and feels like Halloween.
Brusna and Tarragona havent just created a one shot comic. They’ve created a modern day boogeyman that basks in the terror of its victims. If one shots like these are the future of Zenescope then sign me up!
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