With Andrew Bennet and his vampires now settling into a new home it was just a matter of time before stuff hit the fan again, and here it looks like it’s hitting hard. Nothing’s ever easy for the DCU vampires, is it?
Read on for my review of this month’s frightening new issue!
I’ve read a lot of different comics that focus on vampires in the past, and among them is the manga Hellsing by Kouta Hirano. In that series we have the vampire Alucard working with the Hellsing corporation (and family) to take down vampires, and later on bigger threats such as Nazi zombies, werewolves, and other creatures of the night. In this issue of I, Vampire I was really reminded of how much I loved that series as we see the ultimate vampire hunters, the Van Helsings, confront Bennett and his tribe en masse.
I can’t really describe it much more than the fact that it’s really damn awesome, and the ending of the teaser for the next issue speaks true in that we’ve been waiting for what’s coming next month, and “it’s about freakin’ time”.
Fialkov has shown us in the first nine issues that he knows how to tell a great story with Andew and the other characters that we’ve known since the first few issues. In this issue he expands his repertoire to introduce the Van Helsings as a force to oppose the vampires, giving the series a really nice antagonist. Though I have praised the title in and out for its first nine months, I think that a big antagonist, outside of the vampires themselves, was something it was definitely missing. And they’re definitely a foe to be reckoned with.
The Helsing clan is portrayed here to be an extremely militaristic sect with questionable morals who will go to the farthest lengths to achieve their goal, but on top of the awesomeness that they keep in their arsenal, we also get half of the issue dedicated to an introduction to the characters that focuses on a conversation about the morals behind killing not only vampires, but humans as well. If this issue is any indication of the direction the series is heading in then we’re sure to have an awesome story on our hands.
GO Rating: 4/5
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