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"Vamp #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Mythos Comics

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Written by Jim Eckels
Illustrated by Emmanuel Bazin
2017, 24 Pages
Comic released on January 15th, 2020

Review:

Julian’s job as a fixer for the vampire mob in Las Vegas is complicated to say the least. He’s been put in charge of a female bloodsucker who can’t control her urges, leaving a trail of bodies in her wake. The vampires’ greatest strength is their hidden nature. If the world finds out about them, things will get very bad, very quickly. The thing is, Julian’s charge is protected, so there’s not much he can do aside from clean up all the blood.

The twist in Vamp stems directly from this problem, as a new group of bloodsuckers have been sired as a result of this woman’s actions. They’re not tied to the mob and they’re pissed. Artist Emmanuel Bazin depicts these newly-turned creatures of the night with sunken eyes and a sinister style. They were once brazen frat boys and now they’re brazen frat boys with super strength and an appetite for blood. Their personalities still come through, filling the various stereotypes you’d expect from a bunch like this. There’s a tough guy and a nervous guy and one seemingly decent dude.

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That’s Derek, the one who still has close ties to humanity in the form of his younger brother, Ben. He still loves the kid and will do anything to protect him, even if that means keeping his buddies from eating him. Ben could not look more innocent. He has these wide eyes that have never seen any of the horrors the world is capable of, thus creating an intriguing perspective for this story.

While Julian and Ben’s stories start at the same spot, they diverge in Vamp #2. Writer Jim Eckels works to develop both threads before weaving them back together by the end of this issue. There’s a good amount to…sink your teeth into with this book, especially with how the vampires run their business. There’s an entire criminal underworld lurking just below what we can see on the surface.

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At times you can almost forget that we’re dealing with vampires here, as the story can focus more on the mob element. They’re never far away and there’s a stark change to the coloring when fangs come out. The images shift to an unsettling red hue to coincide with the bloodshed.

Vamp is off to a great start, introducing us to a world of vampire gangsters, renegade rookies, and all sorts of violence in Sin City. It’s like Casino with vampires.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 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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