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Werewolves on the Moon: Vs. Vampires #1

Posted: Monday, July 6, 2009
By: Karyn Pinter

Dave Land & the Fillbach Brothers
Fillbach Brothers, Dan Jackson (c)
Dark Horse Comics
Ever once and a while you come across a comic that is so bad it's almost good. Thus is the case with Werewolves on the Moon: Versus Vampires. The writing is horrendously funny at points but never really good, the art is a bit strange, and the whole thing just comes off as a terrible midnight movie.

There doesnít seem to be any kind of back-story. People live on the moon, werewolves show up on a shuttle, vampires also live on the moon, and a battle ensues. There is no explanation as to why there are humans, vampires, or werewolves on the moon, other then itís the future and these things are to be expected when dealing with the future. Positively goofy, some of the dialogue is down right laughable, both in good and bad ways. The good: ďYou sound like you fart sunshine.Ē The bad: everything else that isnít the line I just typed out. The humor seemed a bit forced to me, and nothing is worse then jokes that just arenít funny yet the one telling them seems to think itís the most hilarious thing since the whoopee cushion. The characters didnít stand out except the three main werewolves, who are just morons, like the Three Stooges but not as funny. I will give it credit for not having beautiful, sparkling vampires. The vampires are a bit on the emo/goth side of the vampiric spectrum, but at least they arenít pansies.

I just donít know about this one. Really there is nothing redeeming about this. Itís not good, but itís not bad enough to be cultish. Thatís it. It comes off as an attempt to write a cult classic, but the thing is, you canít create a cult hit, they just are. Trying to be oddly off the wall never works out. The quirk canít be fabricated, it just happens naturally. Unfortunately for Werewolves on the Moon: Versus Vampires the quirkiness seems fake. Unless vampires and werewolves are your thing I would recommend passing this title up for something with a little more substance.



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