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I, Vampire #3

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I, Vampire #3

Credits

  • Words: Joshua Hale Fialkov
  • Art: Andrea Sorrentino
  • Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
  • Story Title: Numb
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 2011

Andrew and Mary’s war across America begins.

The Vampire War begins in I, Vampire #3, as Mary, Queen of Blood, attacks four cities across the country.  With hundreds of innocent humans abducted, humanity’s last hope is the vampire Andrew and his ragtag group of human followers.  Will Mary’s one-time lover be able to turn the tide for humanity against the brutality of the vampire war?

Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov has nailed the perfect tone and style for I, Vampire.  The grim, gritty, and violent nature of the book reeks of horrific atmosphere, and is far more interesting than the tone of comparable horror books.  Andrew’s story of love lost, and his reluctant war on his own kind gives readers an in-depth look into his mind, and helps adds numerous levels of detail to the world of I, Vampire.  In one of the most exciting scenes yet to pass, for example, a bloody clue left by Mary is not only a blatant hint to her direction, but also helps to bring Andrew’s story into the greater fold of the DC Universe.

Much like Fialkov’s story has captured the perfect tone for I, Vampire, Andrea Sorrentino’s art similarly embodies the truly dreadful atmosphere of Andrew’s world.  Many times the expressions of the lowly humans truly convey the terror they face at the hands of Mary’s vampires, while the vampires radiate arrogant and smug confidence.  Likewise, Marcelo Maiolo’s subtle colors add a fantastic layer of depth to I, Vampire, especially in scenes where blood splatters across walls and faces.  In a double-page spread, for example, Andrew cuts a vampire’s head clean in half, with fingers and toes peppering the image, and blood spray across the page.  As gruesome as I, Vampire can become, however, it is never excessive or distasteful, which is certainly a testament to the book’s creators.

For those looking for an escape from superhero comics I, Vampire is a fantastic choice for vampire and horror fanatics alike.  Joshua Hale Fialkov’s story of betrayal and death is by no means your sister’s vampire story, as Andrea Sorrentino’s art will certainly prove.  With Mary’s clue revealing her next destination, I, Vampire will only continue to become more exciting and deadly.

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