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"Vamp #4" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Mythos Comics

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Written by Jim Eckels
Illustrated by Emmanuel Bazin
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 2nd, 2020

Review:

The vampire fraternity bros finally meet up with the vampire mob of Las Vegas. The results are about as you'd expect with a whole lot of bloodshed and a pile of bodies. Can Derek save his little brother from all this carnage? Or will he succumb to his new bloodlust? Just how big of a mess with Julian have to clean up after this?

Vamp wraps up in an interesting way with this issue. The comic served to introduce us to this intriguing world where vampires effectively run Las Vegas, working hard to make money and stay in the shadows. Julian is an enforcer, fixing the problems the bloodsuckers cause along the way, although there's still an air of mystery about him, made even more interesting by the events of this issue.

What stands out in this book is how traditional horror is mixed with more realistic elements. One minute you have vampires and that's a certain type of scare, then the next you have Julian in cleanup mode, mugging for cameras and sweeping everything under the rug. That's a different kind of terror. He's so calm and collected, even after all the people he's had to put down to get to this point.

This four-issue mini-series plays like the pilot of a TV show. Writer Jim Eckels introduces the characters and this world, gives us a good idea as to what we can expect from them, and leaves us with an ending to a chapter of their lives. That's just the opening salvo though. There is clearly still a ton of potential with Vamp and I'd love to see more of it explored.

Artist Emmanuel Bazin creates a haunting reading experience with Vamp. The vampires aren't your typical creatures of the night, particularly when the blood-lust really starts to rage. There's one in this issue that looks almost like the Batman villain Killer Croc. His skin appears scaly, with a grey tone. The only part that stands out on him is the blood beard he has all over his face from the feast he just had.

Julian has a specific effect on vampires that Bazin illustrates with gory beauty. I won't spoil it here, but if you thought Vamp was scary before, it reaches new disturbing heights with this sequence. This is exactly the kind of thing that should be explored in future chapters, as it's a nice premise that is teased here without being fully fleshed out.

Vamp is a fun vampire story that brings something new and different to this sub-genre. While it definitely has a beginning, middle, and end, the concepts and characters introduced have a lot more story left in them and I sincerely hope the creators get a chance to explore this further. As it stands, this is a chilling look at how anything can become a business, even blood.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover

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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