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Poll: Demons

etriganIt’s time for another comic book crossover battle, and for this installment, we will travel (once again) to the very bowels of hell and back.  In a prior match up, we saw the devil himself fighting for each comic book company, but today we will take demon spawns and pit them in the arena.  By demons spawns of course, I mean that they are part demon and part human, or at least residing in the human world alongside us.  DC comics presents Etrigan, Marvel comics sends Ghost Rider, sCrypt Comics has Satan, Image is well known for Spawn, Dante springs to action for Capcom, Hellboy is presented by Darkhorse Comics, Scorpion teleports in for Midway, and IDW’s Ghostbusters series shows us Zuul.  Check out the contestants’ brief bios and vote in our poll below.  If you feel there is another good choice, then please ghost-rider-covercadd them to the list in the comments section and vote “other”.

Etrigan is a demon bound to the knight, Jason Blood.  Once the incantation is recited, then gone is the form of man, replaced by the demon Etrigan’s form.  The demon is forced to speak in rhyme and is under the will of Jason Blood, therefore working as a force for good.  Blood is a trained combatant, with an extraordinary sword wielding skill.  The Demon has enhanced strength and healing, is an expert in sorcery and mystic bolts, and has some telepathy in his arsenal of abilities.  Etrigan first appeared in DC Comics’ The Demon #1 in 1972.

There have been many Ghost Rider’s throughout history, and all have exhibited mostly the same abilities.  The demon Zarathos bonds himself to the soul of the next chosen rider.  The fallen angel is then willed by the soul of the new rider.  Once the chosen soul becomes ghost rider, their appearance changes into that of a flaming skeleton.  Using chains embued with hellfire, and the ability to manipulate hellfire, these are only his first line of defense.  The Penance stare is his deadliest ability which makes the victim of the stare feel the pain and sin that they’ve caused others.  The rider tends to ride a flaming motorcycle, but has elected other vehicles as well.  A Hellfire shotgun has been used as satan from "Devil's Dessert" - art by Sakura Joneswell, especially in the Johnny Blaze version.  In Dan Ketch’s role as the rider, he has the will to change whenever needed, but initially only came when innocent blood was spilled.  Ghost Rider first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Marvel Spotlight #5 in 1972.

Satan is thought by many to be THE devil, but he is only a general in his army.  He represents the demon of anger and hatred.  In his true form, he is very much the way people have perceived, but his secondary form is that of a human guise.  As this false human, he owns a tattoo parlor where his many piercings, filed teeth, and tattoos are intimidating to any normal passerby.  When Taylor Bryant, an ex-con with a violent past, gives in to his anger, he and Satan merge.  Now in the form of a large, African American man, Satan joins his brother and sister demons in order to pave way for the arrival of the true face of darkness.  Satan first appears in the 2013 novel, “Devil’s Dessert” by Rick Pipito.

Spawn

Because of his life as an assassin for the U.S. government, Al Simmons was sent to hell upon his death.  He made a deal with Malebogia (the devil) to come back and see his wife one last time.  The deal was not exactly what he expected.  Now a hell spawn, Simmons vows to destroy the legions of hell with all his might.  His body is made of necroplasm, which enables him enhanced abilities, strength and healing.  His cape, spikes and chains act as extensions of his body, and must replenish his dark energies by feeding on the dark energy of evil.  He frequently uses military grade weaponry so that he doesn’t drain his necroplasm too quickly.  There have been many Spawns through history, but none as prominent as Simmons.  Spawn first appeared in Image comics’ Malibu Sun #13 in 1992.

Dante was raised by his human mother after his demon father’s death.  Once his mother was killed, Dante vowed to hunt demons for the rest of his life.  His physical abilities far exceed that of a normal man’s, including flight, and he uses these enhanced traits alongside his dante“Ebony and Ivory” dual pistols that never need to be reloaded, as well other blades and firearms forged by his father.  Dante first appeared in Capcom’s Devil May Cry in 2001.

The offspring of a demon and a witch, Hellboy was raised by the United States Army and has lived as a force of good amongst humans since the second World War.  He works as an agent for a special group within the Bureau, and investigates paranormal activities.  Aside from superhuman strength, healing and endurance, he carries a utility belt of sorts with military weaponry, as well as his deformed, right hand of doom.  Hellboy first appeared in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 in 1993.

Ninja, Hanzo Hasashi, was murdered at the hands of his bitter rival, and brought back from the Netherrealm as one of the dead’s demons.  This revenant covers his skull face in his yellow ninja garb, and has not only kept his highly trained combat technique, but has also Hellboy 2gained the ability to conjure fire.  From the palm of his hand he can also project a sentient spear to pierce an enemy and drawn them to him.  Even death cannot keep Scorpion at bay.  He first appeared in Midway’s Mortal Kombat in 1992.

Zuul is a demon demigod known as the Gatekeeper to Gozer.  The demon takes control of Dana Barrett in an attempt to bring about the Destructor.  She has the ability to hover in midair, and once scorpiontransformed into the Hell Hound form, she has horns, claws and fangs, as well as other unknown abilities.  Zuul represents IDW comics, but first appeared in Ghostbusters the movie in 1984.

zuul_by_baron_von_jello-d4nfa33Cast your vote below (click on the link) for your favorite “demon among us”, and feel free to add your own.  Results coming in a few weeks.

Which demon reigns on Earth?

 


“Devil’s Dessert” Interview with author Rick Pipito

The following is an interview conducted with author Rick Pipito about the novel Devil’s Dessert:

Q: This is the fifth book in your Flesh and Leftovers series.  It is also the first book to stray a little from your previous formats, but continues to be effective for the overall arc.  Why did you decide to do it this way?

Rick: The idea is the same, but for each individual chapter, I had to take a different approach.  They still remain separate stories, but tie in directly, instead of the way that they were secondary in the prior novels.  The whole book happens in the present except for the mentions of how it all started.  It was only logical to do it this way, as I don’t feel that scattering it through history would have been as effective.

Q: By far, this is my favorite of the series.  How do you plan to top what you did here?

Rick: It will be difficult, but I think I can handle it well.  There is more at stake with the main characters now.  Moira and Gordon are dealing with a new stage in their lives, and they are all on the run.  The media knows these people exist.  The characters will have to watch their backs every step of the way, while dealing with an all new threat that is perhaps the most dangerous one yet. 

Q: Can you elaborate on this threat more?  Where will book 6 take us?

Rick: We’ve dealt with zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and demons.  It has been building up since book 1, and you may not have even realized it, but technology will be the antagonist.  How can we fight something that we depend upon for everything?  It’s going to be the most difficult thing we’ve encountered in this series; so far.

Q: Regarding the religious aspect, did you find it difficult to write?  What are your thoughts on possible controversy involved?

Rick: I was raised Roman Catholic, and have been fascinated with faith since I was a child.  The stories and mysteries involved are intriguing.  I researched a dozen other faiths as well before beginning this novel.  I wanted to appease to ALL audiences, not just one.  Even Atheists can enjoy this.  The only controversy that will be is people being offended that I’m taking into account ALL faiths and not just theirs.  If they want to cause a stir, I say go ahead.  It will only make more people want to read it.  Look what it did for Dan Brown.  The Da Vinci Code was considered so controversial, and it made people want to read it because of that fact.  Of course, it being a great novel also helped.  

Q: Do you have any favorite angel or demon stories that are not your own?

Rick: It seems a bit clichéd, but “The Exorcist” is at the top of my list, followed by “Evil Dead” (the original), and I’d say the first “Silent Hill” game.

Q: The characters at the end of this book are being thrust into this new scenario that you mentioned, and will have to adjust to this new way of life.  I was shocked by what you did here, but in a good way.  Can you give us a hint as to how the characters will cope in their new roles?

Rick: Fighting a threat, adjusting to changes, finding an old enemy, and emotional roller coasters?  You’ll have to tune in to see. 

Q: Your brother, Dan Pipito came up with the art for the cover again.  Tell us about that process.

Rick: We kept with the theme for this trilogy.  It was very simple, but has three of the main artifacts involved in the story:  The Crown of Thorns, The Spear of Destiny, and The Sword of Eden.  We went back and forth a few times on color, and detail possibilities.  We agreed that it would be better to have less detail, as to not focus on those objects before reading the novel.  It’s always a pleasure for me to see what Dan does next.

Q: Is Jason Black going to be a secondary character again in the next novel or will you bring him in as a main villain?

Rick: He will be brought in as the main baddie in the future, but not quite yet.  He will have a little more of a role than he did in this one; as we will finally see what it is that he is up to. 

Q: How much research went into the angels and demons, and where did you get the names for God and the Devil?

Rick: They were more difficult than the religions themselves.  I looked into angels and demons for each of the seven deadly sins and the virtuous counterparts.  Angel names were by the plethora, but demon names associated with particular sins were not.  I decided to take different names for the Devil himself to be the demonic names, and closely researched each one.  As far as God and the Devil, I’d rather call them what they are in the book (Light and Darkness).  I wanted them to be something godly, and equal counterparts.  Tehum literally means formless darkness in Hebrew.  In Latin, Lux Lucis means light.  Those were the only logical decisions for names of “God and the Devil”.

Q: You also have a new artist doing some amazing interior art.  Was this your decision?

Rick:  Yes.  I was halfway through writing this book and realized it was the first in the series that I hadn’t planned at least some form of art in one of the pages.  We were underway with the next graphic novel, and I didn’t have enough room for everyone with new artists on board.  Sakura Jones is an impressive artist with a great style.  She had done 2 graphic novels with us, so I asked if she could do three pieces for this book; One each for the beginning, middle and end of the story.  I’m thrilled to work with her again.

Q: What have been the biggest writing challenges with this novel and the series?

Rick: It gets harder as I go.  The first novel was a learning experience.  Then I planned out the whole series, and I have to wrap things up and transition for each one.  The closer I get to the real end of the series becomes difficult.  I have to keep it interesting and try to top the one prior to it.  If I can’t do that, then there is no point for me as a writer to continue on with it.  I have it planned in a way so that each book focuses on something different.  I don’t want to do the same thing twice.  Making each one “better” than the prior, is the biggest challenge.  I feel I’ve come a long way since the first book, and I’ve received feedback from readers that love each installment better than the last.

Q: You mentioned hints in previous books.  Are there any little “easter eggs” in this one?

Rick: Haha.  Yes.  I of course included my own Twitter account into the story to see if anyone will chime in with their thoughts for the topic discussed in the book.  It works into the story, but this way it is as if the reader is part of the universe itself.  Also, the end of the epilogue has a zeroes and ones code.  Something is hidden within that.

Q: What will the sCrypt Comics graphic spinoff be called?

Rick:  The spinoff will be sCrypt comics issue #5, and titled “Devil’s Dessert: Demonic Entities”.  Look for it sometime early next year (2014)

Q: Do you have a projected release on the next novel in this series?

Rick: “Techno Feast” will come out 4th quarter this year.  A perfect gift for the holidays.

Q: Any major sponsors or Hollywood ?

Rick: Not yet.  I’m still trying to get the word out there, but having to support my family and working 50 hours a week NOT doing writing, makes it hard to find the right connection.

Q: Where can anyone get a copy of “Devil’s Dessert”?

A: Devil’s Dessert is available on www.lulu.com in print.  Or you can get it for the Kindle on www.amazon.com .   My other novels are in both those places as well, so check them out, and spread the word.


Poll: True face of Darkness

LuciferIt is often unclear in comic books as to whether a dark entity is the true face of the devil or not.  Now you can decide who would be the most appropriate ruler of Hell.  Here are your contestants:  Lucifer Morningstar rules in DC Comics, Mephisto deceives in Marvel Comics, Tehum is pure darkness in sCrypt comics universe, and Malebolgia threatens in Image comics.

Remember to cast your vote below, and if you feel that there is a better representative from another comic source, then by all means answer “other” and explain your choice.

Lucifer Morningstar is a fallen angel who left hell at one point to have influence on earth’s mortals.  He often gives a person enough information to allow them to make a bad choice that will eventually send them to hell.  He is immortal, knows everything, has acidic blood, super strength, flight abilities, can communicate with animals and super speed.  His first appearance was in a dream in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #65 in 1962.

Mephisto is known by many names.  He is the ultimate deal maker, offering virtually limitless possibilities to one Mephistowho would be tempted.  He deals always come with a price however.  Tangling with the most powerful entities in the universe, Mephisto lurks from the depths of hell only coming to earth when he sees fit.  He knows magic, is immortal, & has unfathomable intelligence and physical abilities.  His first appearance was in Silver Surfer #3 in 1968.

Tehum was created as light’s brother.  He is pure, formless darkness (hence why there is no picture).  As the ruler of dark, his demons strayed from the light with the belief that humans were mere toys for their godly amusement.  Forbidden to physically come to earth, he lurked from the shadows having influence over all.  That is until the day came when he was able to bring his legions to one final battle with the forces of light on earth.  He is virtually immortal, and without form, his malebolgiadarkness can influence anything or anyone.  His first appearance will be in “Devil’s Dessert” the novel in 2013.

Malebolgia is one of the many rulers of hell.  Responsible for creating much of Hell’s army of hellspawns, Malebolgia is respected and feared as the most powerful of rulers.  He can raise the dead, manipulate matter, has near limitless abilities in the 8th level of hell, can cast illusions and is a master of manipulation with high recuperative powers.  Malebolgia first appeared in Spawn #1 in 1992.

So there are my choices for contestants.  Please vote below and add your own choice if you feel they’d be placed well in this comic book face off.