Billy and his friends, a traveling band of “biological curiosities,” led by Fineas Sproule. Moving from England to Scotland they are still trying to hunt down Callahan who has been kidnapped by a fish person. While they are there Sproule figures they could investigate Loch Ness which he believes is just another misunderstood person with deformities, not really a true monster.
The group stumbles into a small town that is on the shores of the loch, hopping to get some food and much needed rest. Unfortunately when the towns folk see that they are freaks they respond really poorly. Not just the run and scream variety of poorly, but the attack and capture to perform dark rituals on poorly. The people think that they are, “more abominations from the loch.” Because apparently they aren’t the first freaky thing to show up in the town, and largely those freaky things are coming out of the loch to eat them up. The mystical skull of the Iron Saint is produced, the light from its eyes so holy that it burns away anything evil.
Meanwhile Callahan is being dragged across country only to end up on the shores of the Loch as well, but in a very different place. He ends up in the dungeons of a ancient and rotting castle. The creature who had kidnapped him becoming even more fish like has promised to deliver him to the master, the one and only Dracula.
This is all about first issue cliffhangers, and because you know that it is a four part series, there is no valid reason to no want to pick up the next issue. Powell and Hotz work so well together at this point. You can see that the writing and the art go together seamlessly, and create a fantastic blend of stunning imagery and well wrought back story. I unfortunately haven’t had a chance to read the middle volume of the the Billy the Kid title (Ghastly Fiend of London), so there are allusions to things that have happened in the past that I don’t quite get. If I were a first timer to Billy the Kid, this might not be the best starting off point, the trade of the original series would be the place to start. Aside from that I have nothing to complain about.