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"Vampire: The Masquerade - Winter's Teeth #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Vault Comics


Written by Tim Seeley, Tini Howard, and Blake Howard
Illustrated by Devmalya Pramanik and Nathan Gooden
Colored by Addison Duke
Lettered by AndWorld Design
2020, 37 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on August 5th, 2020


The world of Vampire: The Masquerade comes to comics in this new series. Having no knowledge of the game, I came into this cold based on the publisher and creative team involved. Plus, it has vampires, so that's kind of up my alley here. The comic quickly introduces us to this universe where vampires lurk in the shadows, but in a position of power, not scurrying away like rodents. Cecily Baine works as a courier for the Twin Cities Camarilla as the land becomes a powder keg with rival factions ready to fight for control and dominance.

One word that I would immediately use to describe Vampire: The Masquade is “cool.” Cecily oozes cool in every scene she's in, whether that's working for her boss, visiting her aging sister, or facing off against new enemies. We get a complete picture of her life and who she is as a person in a pretty short amount of time. Writer Tim Seeley does a great job on this front.

Artist Devmalya Pramanik adds a gritty texture to this world. The vampires operate at night, so the shadows loom around them, constantly reminding us of the monsters they are, yet we get the sense that the entire city is there for their taking. This creates a supernatural thriller of sorts.

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Despite their penchant for blood, the vampires appear human for the most part. This is especially true of Cecily as we see her interacting with what's left of her connection to mankind. This tortures her because she's a bit of a lone wolf. She doesn't see this as a weakness necessarily. It's more about having something to fight for.

There are two stories included in this debut issue. The second, written by Tini Howard and Blake Howard, gives us an alternate view of the vampires in this area. Where Cecily hangs out in the bright lights and tall buildings, this group is in the dregs. It will be interesting to see how the two may intersect in the future.

Artist Nathan Gooden has a similar style to Pramanik, so there's a nice flow to the issue as a whole, however the pencils look a little rougher. That definitely works in this case as we're seeing the bottom of the vampire food chain here. They're rough around the edges and it shows.

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Addison Duke handles colors for the whole issue and does a solid job. Since we're mostly seeing the evening, light is sparse, creating a drab life for these characters. They don't get to bask in the light of the sun without bursting into flames. While they may live forever, their existence is a little dimmer than humans.

Finally, AndWorld Design rounds out the creative team with some great lettering work, not just by conveying a lot of information in a seamless fashion, but adding to the emotion of a scene with small touches like a wobbly word balloon to convey an uneasy feeling.

With how much I enjoyed Vampire: The Masquerade - Winter's Teeth, I am curious about the game it's tied to. If you're already a player, you'll probably love this even more. This is a vast world full of possibility and we're just scratching the surface in this debut issue. This is a fresh take on vampires, mixing it with crime, thrillers, and a pinch of romance all with a vein of horror running through it.


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Overall: 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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