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"Dark Red #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by AfterShock Comics

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Written by Tim Seeley
Illustrated by Corin Howell
Colored by Mark Englert
Lettered by Marshall Dillon
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 29th, 2019

Review:

Why does Chip hate Nazis so much? Well, everyone should hate them for obvious reasons, but Chip has an extra reason. Despite his young appearance, he was in World War II where he saw the atrocities the Nazis committed first hand. This was when he was turned into a vampire and he's carried quite a grudge all these years. Dark Red #3 digs into Chip's origin story and drops some hints as to where the series might be heading.

Chip's story is one of sorrow. He lost his siblings at a young age and then lost his life in the war. He was granted a second chance by a vampire and went on to wage war against the Nazis and their scientists researching the supernatural. All of this is revealed in letters Chip wrote to his parents but never sent. Letterer Marshall Dillon makes these caption boxes appear like pieces of paper torn from these letters, with a handwritten, cursive font.

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Artist Corin Howell brings this war to life in all its bloody glory. Sure, there are regular soldiers doing regular soldier things, but things really pick up when Chip is turned and starts to...sink his teeth into the enemy. Howell fills the page with absolute carnage, continuing his trend of some of the most creative and painful kill scenes shown in comics today. I lost count of the amount of limbs that were torn off.

It wouldn't be a vampire comic without the blood and colorist Mark Englert fills these pages with buckets of the stuff. There's one page that serves as a montage of all the action that is tinged in red, like it's got into the printing press itself.

While I'm happy to learn more about Chip and his history, it comes at the expense of the momentum Dark Red has been building the first two issues. We left off with a literal jaw-dropping cliffhanger and we only see about two seconds more of that scene before diving into the flashback. This is all great information and really fleshes out Chip as a character. There's no easy way to fill in these blanks in the past while keeping the story going in the present, especially with the amount of detail writer Tim Seeley provides.

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There are some tidbits spread out this history that provide context to Chip's actions as well as some of the weapons he'll arm himself with to fight the vampires coming to take his land. Seeley has definitely thought all this through, as there are some rules as to how it all works and what can or cannot kill the vampires.

Although it's lost a little momentum, Dark Red is still packed with some awesome vampire action. The issue is bookended by a scene from the present that's worth the price of admission, as it gives us an idea as to what we can expect next. This is going to get bigger and bloodier and I'm pumped about that. Now we're further invested in Chip and understand his actions a bit more, so I'm curious as to what he does now that his back is against the wall.

Grades:

Story: Threeandahalfstars Dark Red 3 Small
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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Threeandahalfstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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