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There are some things that instantly convey a sense of intrigue and interest. That is definitely the case with “ninja vampire.” That's why my ears pricked up when I heard about Bleed Them Dry: A Ninja Vampire Tale, a new comic series from Vault Comics in association with Lotus, Nagoya TV, and F.J. DeSanto. The comic is created by Hiroshi Koizumi, written by Eliot Rahal, illustrated by Dike Ruan, colored by Miquel Muerto, and designed by Tim Daniel. It blends Japanese and Western mythology to create a deep-future sci-fi epic centers on Detective Harper Halloway with the task of capturing an insidious killer who's been targeting vampires.

The year is 3333. Earth is in a state of recovery. Vampires are real, and though far less populous, they thrive alongside humans in the Japanese engineered mega city known as Asylum. People have come to understand that some Immortals are good, some are bad, and most navigate the world without incident. There is peace. 
That is, until now. 

Someone is brutally murdering vampires. And Detective Harper Halloway has been assigned to the case. To solve it, she'll have to unearth a much deeper truth: the future of humanity has been edited.

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“It has always been my dream to mix Japanese culture with different global mythologies in order to create worlds and characters that have never been seen before,” said series creator Hiroshi Koizumi. “It’s not an easy task. When F.J. DeSanto introduced me to Vault, however, and I saw the quality of the world building, I quickly learned that they were the perfect partner for my concept that combines two things that have fascinated audiences all over the world for decades: ninjas and vampires. I’m thankful to Vault, F.J. and the creative team for this unprecedented collaboration. Ninjas have more than 800 years of history, with 71 original sects and I’m excited that Bleed Them Dry introduces the mysterious 72nd sect in a bold and fierce original story during a time and place we’ve never seen before.” 

Bleed Them Dry is like nothing I've ever done before—from conception to page, this whole experience has been basically perfect,” added Eliot Rahal. “Hiroshi is so passionate, with tons of genuinely new ideas, and an insanely deep knowledge of history (as in, the actual history of ninjas, which is probably the coolest thing to know). He and I—alongside the entire Vault team—have worked so hard to create something that's undeniably fun. It's been an incredibly rewarding group effort with Hiroshi, Dike and Miquel. Bleed Them Dry balances these well-known tropes with expansive, original world-building and simple, evocative character work. As a result, I think we have a story that's meaningful and reflective but, you know, also happens to feature a ninja vampire assassin in the year 3333.”

Bleed Them Dry: A Ninja Vampire Tale #1 features a main cover by Ruan and a variant cover by Nathan Gooden. It's set for release on June 24th, 2020.


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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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