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"Vampire: The Masquerade – Winter's Teeth #2" 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
Comic released on September 9th, 2020


Cecily Bain, the lone vampire enforcer of the group controlling the Twin Cities from the shadows, has finally sired...or so it would seem. She's taken a new vampire under her wing after finding the poor girl alone and afraid. There's something special about Alejandra though...or maybe it's a curse. She can't seem to keep blood down, no matter which kinds she tries. That's going to be a problem since that's now the sole item on her food pyramid. The only type of blood that seems to keep her sated is that of the human variety.

The more we dig into Vampire: The Masquerade – Winter's Teeth, the more intrigued I am about this world and its possibilities. Writer Tim Seeley presents a riveting story of Cecily and Alejandra, these two bloodsuckers against the world. Alejandra is so innocent. She didn't ask for any of this, but she has to learn how to survive. Contrast this with Cecily, who is hardened seemingly to the point of no emotion. This makes her actions with her new “sire” all the more interesting.

There's a hard lesson told in this issue about judging a book by its cover. While we're dealing with literal monsters, there is much more to them than meets the eye. Sure, some are absolutely evil, but there are others that are pretty much human but can't go out during the day and they drink blood.

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Artist Devmalya Pramanik captures these layers perfectly. You can see the range of emotions through each character. It's clear that Cecily knows far more than she's letting on. She's made enemies during this life (and her afterlife) and she's cautious, however that's not going to stop her from getting Alejandra up to speed as soon as possible.

We're introduced to some other creatures of the night in Vampire: The Masquerade – Winter's Teeth #2. It's clear there are different types of vampires, like a caste system of sorts. The ones that lurk in the sewers and alleyways contrast with those in the gleaming skyscrapers, yet they're all up to something.

Colorist Addison Duke paints an overall dreary picture for both tales in this issue, especially as we venture down in the shadows to find the dregs of this society. They are so very filthy, to the point where you'll want to wash your hands after reading this book.

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The lettering from AndWorld Design further solidifies the difference between these two types. Where the vampires that can pass for human speak with traditional word balloons, these sewer-dwellers have a scratchy, almost broken text. It's like they're not used to speaking the language of the “normal” folk, instead communicating in a more primitive, guttural fashion.

The backup story gives us further insight into these layers of vampire society. Writers Tini Howard and Blake Howard continue the tale of some down on their luck vampires and the lengths they must go through to survive day-to-day life, let alone find anything close to upward momentum. Artist Nathan Gooden adds some humanity to them so we can invest in their story, while also reminding us of the dangers they pose to others, not to mention those that are surrounding them.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Winter's Teeth is a fascinating journey into several aspects of the vampire world. It's no wonder this is an RPG as it's clear you can exist as a number of different types of bloodsucker. This comic brings that out well, revealing the deep mythos at work while also focusing on some key stories. It blends real world horror with the supernatural in a seamless fashion.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4.5 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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