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"The Vain #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Oni Press


Written by Eliot Rahal
Illustrated by Emily Pearson
Colored by Fred C. Stresing w/ assistance by Macy Kahn
Lettered by Crank!
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on November 11th, 2020


Vampires make for great soldiers in that they're super strong and heal quick. The only downside is that they can't work during the daytime. The United States has created a covert ops team of vampires to aid in some work during World War II. Does Nazi blood taste better? Who knows, but I'm sure it's a little more refreshing going down.

Where The Vain #1 introduces us to this group of bloodsuckers and the FBI agent investigating them, this issue shows us what is really in store for all involved. It's an interesting concept, although it feels like it's moving a mile a minute. Writer Eliot Rahal jumps forward years through this issue, showing the various bloody adventures these folks get into, but we don't have time to soak it in. It all moves by too fast. It doesn't make the impact it could since we're bouncing from one event to the next.

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That's not to say this isn't entertaining. Artist Emily Pearson delivers some impressive gory scenes showing just how much these vampires enjoy their new job. My favorite comes when one of them rips a Nazi's head clean off his shoulders, including his spinal column. She does this with a smile on her face, like she's a child playing with a toy.

Colorist Fred C. Stresing, helped by Macy Kahn, splatters these pages with blood. The red looks like it was tossed on the images from a real life murder scene. These sequences of terror contrast well with the others that are focused on Felix, the FBI agent. It's interesting that this guy went to war and barely sees any action whereas these vampires and literally tearing the enemy apart.

Felix was a major player in The Vain #1, but feels much more secondary here. He's like an afterthought. This comes around a bit by the end of this chapter. It's like we needed two complete issues to set the foundation for what this series will become.

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One detail I really enjoy in The Vain #2 comes in the lettering from Crank! We see correspondence from the government to the vampires, shown in an old-school typewriter style, then letters home from Felix which feel like real pages from a diary. These are nice touches that seal in the time period and tone of the series.

The Vain still has a lot of steam, although it feels like we've jumped ahead a bit without an explanation. This comic has so many things going for it between the great characters, awesome premise, and gorgeous artwork. While we bounced around a bit with this chapter, I think this will really take off with the next.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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