Chuck Dixon: Interview for Van Helsing: Sword of Heaven

Today is the release day of our newest series: Van Helsing: Sword of Heaven! We’re interviewing legendary writer, Chuck Dixon, writer of this series and other Zenescope fan favorites.

Zenescope: Van Helsing: Sword of Heaven is set in India, did you have to do a lot of research when writing this series or did you already have a working knowledge of the culture?

Dixon: I did a number of comics for Graphic India set in India and intended form an Indian audience. In addition to watching PILES of Bollywood movies, I spent a lot of time talking with my editors. I’m in no way going to explain I’m an expert ion India, but for the purposes of a comic book, I did my homework.

Zenescope: Do you prefer reinventing characters with a solid backstory or completely building a new character from scratch?

Dixon: They both have their challenges and rewards, But it’s often easier to step into a series that already has a following and of plenty of good will from readers. I can take advantage of what the creators before me have done and try and build off of that. I’m not here to re-invent anything. My job is to give the fans more of what they like about the characters and their stories.

Zenescope: Does Zenescope differ in any way from other publishers you’ve worked with?

Ben: They rank up there with the more professional outfits I’ve done work for. But they’re a fun bunch as well. They trust me with the material and are very specific with changes they want when I get it wrong.

Zenescope: How is Sword of Heaven different from Liesel’s other adventures?

Dixon: I think, if I’ve accomplished anything here, it’s to break Liesel out of her comfort zone. She’s in a strange environment facing breeds of vampires she’s never encountered before as well as a dangerous supernatural being that proves to be a real challenge for her. This adventure also has events that will resonate through the series for the foreseeable future.

Zenescope: Does being a writer make you more or less of a consistent/dedicated reader?

Dixon: It’s weird but I write a lot more than I read. Or maybe, as a compulsive reader, I’m not aware of how much I’m absorbing. I juts feel that I used to read a WHOLE lot more before going pro. And I seldom get to read for pure pleasure.

Zenescope: Are there any inside jokes or secret meanings you put in your works?

Dixon: I slipped all kind of easter eggs into Batman when I worked on it. On Van Helsing the humor (and I always include some element of humor) is right there in the open. And I emphasize “humor” over “comedy”. There’s a big difference.

Van Helsing: Sword of Heaven #1

Cover A Cover B Cover C Cover D
Netho Diaz | Ivan Nunes Igor Vitorino | Ceci de la Cruz Mike Krome Sheldon Goh | Sanju Nivangune

Sword of Heaven #1

Is an ancient weapon feared by every undead creature a myth or a reality? Liesel is willing to risk everything, her life included, to get her hands on the legendary blade that could bring an end to vampirism. Her quest takes her to a remote corner of India and beyond in an adventure that could bring her the vengeance she seeks- if it doesn’t drive her mad first.

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artwork: Julius Abrera
Colors: Maxflan Araujo
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Editor: Christina Barbieri
Production & Design: Christopher Cote

New Releases are available for purchase at your local comic shop (1-888-COMIC-BOOK) and our shop

Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood TPB

Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood: Trade Paperback

Long-time friends, Robyn and Liesel learn that they’re both on the trail of a seedy crime boss who’s responsible for developing a dangerous designer drug. Now, with the safety of New York and its citizens on the line, these two must team-up to take on this new threat before it becomes deadly. Neither is prepared for what they’ll uncover as they find themselves face-to-face in an epic battle to the death!

Collects Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood issues #1-4.


Writer: Ralph Tedesco
Artwork: Allan Otero
Colors: Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters: Taylor Esposito (Of Ghost Glyph Studios)
Editor: Terry Kavanagh 
Production & Design: Christopher Cote

 

Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood #4

Cover A Cover B Cover C Cover D
Allan Otero | Grostieta Igor Victorino | Adriano Augusto  Richard Williams Riveiro |Ceci de la Cruz

The finale is here! Liesel fears her attempt to cure Robyn with Igor’s antidote may have failed. Meanwhile, time is running out as Von plans to take his criminal empire beyond Brooklyn as his army of vampires continues to grow rapidly. Is all lost, or can Liesel form a plan to save her friend and New York all in the matter of one night?

VHVRH04_page 1 VHVRH04_page 2 VHVRH04_page 3 VHVRH04_page 4

Writer: Ralph Tedesco
Artwork: Allan Otero
Colors: Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Editor: Terry Kavanagh
Production & Design: Christopher Cote 

New Releases are available for purchase at your local comic shop (1-888-COMIC-BOOK) and our shop

Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood #3

Cover A Cover B Cover C Cover D
Sean Chen | Ivan Nunes Caanan White |Ceci de la Cruz Alfredo Reyes | Ylenia Di Napoli Jay Anacleto |Ula Mos

Robyn and Liesel learn that they’re each separately on the trail of a seedy crime boss who’s experimenting on humans while developing an extremely dangerous designer drug. But neither Robyn nor Liesel is prepared for what they’ll uncover as the two long-time friends find themselves face to face in an epic battle to the death!

VHVRH03_pages 1 VHVRH03_pages 2 VHVRH03_pages 3 VHVRH03_pages 4

Writer: Ralph Tedesco
Artwork: Allan Otero
Colors: Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Editor: Terry Kavanagh
Production & Design: Christopher Cote 

New Releases are available for purchase at your local comic shop (1-888-COMIC-BOOK) and our shop

Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood #2

Cover A Cover B Cover C Cover D
Cannan White | Ivan Nunes Harvey Tolibao |Ivan Nunes Derlis Santacruz | Ula Mos Richard Ortiz | Ceci de la Cruz

After the events of the last issue, Robyn is infected with a powerful vampire serum that is being tested on human subjects. Now, Liesel must find those responsible for creating the terrifying drug, while she simultaneously looks for a way to cure her best friend before she’s forced to kill her.

VHVRH02_Page 1 VHVRH02_Page 2 VHVRH02_Page 3 VHVRH02_Page 4

Writer: Ralph Tedesco
Artwork: Allan Otero
Colors: Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Editor: Terry Kavanagh
Production & Design: Christopher Cote & Ashley Vanacore

New Releases are available for purchase at your local comic shop (1-888-COMIC-BOOK) and our shop

Van Helsing vs. Robyn Hood #1

Cover A Cover B Cover C Cover D
Riveiro | Ceci de la Cruz Sheldon Goh |Sanju Nivangune Billy Tucci | Ula Mos Meguro

Robyn and Liesel learn that they’re each separately on the trail of a seedy crime boss who’s experimenting on humans while developing an extremely dangerous designer drug. But neither Robyn nor Liesel is prepared for what they’ll uncover as the two long-time friends find themselves face to face in an epic battle to the death!

VHVRH01 pages 1 VHVRH01 pages 3 VHVRH01 pages 4 VHVRH01 pages 5 VHVRH01 pages 7

Writer: Ralph Tedesco
Artwork: Allan Otero
Colors: Leonardo Paciarotti
Letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Editor: Terry Kavanagh
Production & Design: Christopher Cote & Ashley Vanacore

New Releases are available for purchase at your local comic shop (1-888-COMIC-BOOK) and our shop

Van Helsing vs. The Werewolf #6

Cover A Cover B Cover C Cover D
Riveiro|Grostieta Jason Metcalf |Ula Mos Josh Burns  Harvey Toliboa |Ivan Nunes

Martial arts mayhem meets demon-fueled horror as Liesel and her new allies battle a horde of the undead in the bowels of an ancient mountain! The heir to the Van Helsing legacy is on her deadliest vampire hunt yet as this epic story reaches its blood-soaked conclusion. She must fight alongside a young Buddhist monk, a Chinese secret agent and a werewolf to bring to an end centuries-long reign of terror of a clan of Asian bloodsuckers.

VHVW_06 pages 1 VHVW_06 pages 2 VHVW_06 pages 3 VHVW_06 pages 7

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artwork: Allan Otero
Colors: Robby Bevard
Letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Editor: Dave Franchini
Production & Design: Christopher Cote

New Releases are available for purchase at your local comic shop (1-888-COMIC-BOOK) and our shop

Van Helsing vs. The Werewolf #5

Cover A Cover B Cover C Cover D
Harvey Tolibao | Jorge Cortes Noah Salonga |Mohan Sivakami Keith Garvey Jason Metcalf | Wes Hartman

Following a werewolf into a vampire lair may not be your idea of an evening out, but for Liesel Van Helsing it’s the family business. And business is good. The heir to the Van Helsing legacy makes an uneasy alliance with an elite Chinese military unit to annihilate a colony of bloodsuckers. Fangs to the throat or a bullet in the back. What’s a girl to do?

VHVW_05 pages 3
VHVW_05 pages 5
  VHVW_05 pages 7

Writer: Chuck Dixon

Artwork: Allan Otero
Colors: Robby Bevard
Letters: Taylor Esposito (of Ghost Glyph Studios)
Editor: Dave Franchini
Production & Design: Christopher Cote

New Releases are available for purchase at your local comic shop (1-888-COMIC-BOOK) and our shop

Van Helsing vs. The Werewolf #4

Cover A Cover B Cover C Cover D
Ediano Silva | Wes Hartman Igor Vitorino | Ivan Nunes Derlis Santacruz | Sanju Nivangune Jason Metcalf | Ivan Nunes

Liesel thought an army of the undead was going to be trouble until she comes face-to-fangs with a big bad werewolf. The heir of the Van Helsing legacy must battle the beast to save the life of a vampire? Martial arts meets monsters and magic as the series explodes.  Action, carnage and a fight to the death in a remote monastery at the top of the world. Chuck Dixon (Bane: Conquest) continues this epic horror saga to its bloody finish.

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artwork: Allan Otero
Colors: Robby Bevard
Letters: Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios
Editor: Dave Franchini
Production & Design: Christopher Cote

New Releases are available for purchase at your local comic shop (1-888-COMIC-BOOK) and our shop

Back To Top