I picked this up because it looked like a more traditional (read: non-sparkly) vampire story. In that regard, my expectations were met. This is a tale of vicious blood-sucking monsters and the people who devote their lives to exterminating them. Unfortunately, it’s not a very good one.
While the story is Busiek’s, the script for this tale is provided by Daryl Gregory, with whom I’m less familiar. Suffice it to say the man is no Busiek. His characters speak in clichés, but it lacks the sort of tongue-in-cheek attitude that makes monster movie dialogue so endearing and in the end comes off as lazy. “Not something. Someone,” says a character at one point, followed by a groan and an eye-roll from the audience in my brain.
The art fares a bit better here, but not much. Scott Godlewski’s faces are expressive, and his cartoonish style makes the flying heads and disemboweling throughout the issue fun to look at. However, he has a nasty habit of cutting off the edges of his characters in the panels. Throughout the issue, there’s hardly a single complete human body on panel, which undercuts the effect of the many action shots in the issue to a point of frustration.
At the end, I realize it’s perhaps a fool’s errand to tell those of you who bought the first 10 issues not to buy the last two, but I’d honestly feel guilty if I recommended paying $3.99 for this. Go watch Bella Lugosi instead.
Thomas Crawford is a full-time student at the University of Puget Sound, where he studies U.S. Politics and creative writing. This makes him very good at lying.