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"Vampire: The Masquerade – Winter's Teeth #5" 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 December 2nd, 2020


Cecily Bain has gone from the privileged position as the enforcer for the Camarilla to public enemy number one. Every vampire in the Twin Cities is hunting her, but none of them are prepared or qualified to take her down. Her childe, Ali, is the only one she can trust right now as she becomes a one-woman wrecking crew to clear her name and find the murderer that put her in this mess in the first place.

Writer Tim Seeley packs this issue of Vampire: The Masquerade – Winter's Teeth with a ton of twists and turns. This is one of those chapters where the character knows where this is all going, but we don't yet, so every new reveal is shocking to us.

What stands out in this issue is how skilled Cecily is. She is like a vampire secret agent, tearing her way through every two-bit bloodsucker that tries to stand in her way. She's been to every corner of the Twin Cities, from the sewers to the skyscrapers and everything in between. That knowledge and experience pays dividends in this situation.

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I have to keep reminding myself that this is based on a game. There are elements to the plot that correspond to that kind of mentality. Go here, roll your saving throws, cash in favors, etc. This isn't a detriment to the story. Instead, it helps move it along at a brisk pace.

Artist Devmalya Pramanik creates a gritty and intriguing setting for Vampire: The Masquerade – Winter's Teeth. Cecily definitely gets her hands dirty this time around. I love how different types of vampires are shown too. Of note are the sewer-dwelling Nosferatu, crawling through the tunnels like rats. Letterer AndWorld Design gives them a traditional monster voice with jagged black word balloons encasing a rough font.

Unsurprisingly, blood plays a major part here. I mean, these are vampires after all. Colorist Addison Duke gives is a darker quality to it, especially as it seems to float through the air. There's power in this blood and it shows.

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The backup story, written by Tini Howard and Blake Howard and illustrated by Nathan Gooden, finally ties into the main tale. It works well with Cecily's quest for justice and the exploration of these minor characters pays off.

There's a major twist at the end of this chapter that I did not see coming. It hits with a bang and I am super excited to see how this will play out next. Vampire: The Masquerade – Winter's Teeth has introduced a fascinating world where vampires are like the mob, controlling every aspect of the Twin Cities from the shadows. There is a certain amount of politics at play here as different factions vie for power. This is the horror thriller we all need.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
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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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