Writer: Brian Augustyn | Artist: Humberto Ramos

The Good:

The drawings do a great job of giving off the eerie feel you would want out of a comic book based around vampires.

Right off the bat it’s easy to root against the temptress and from then on it feels like all the best bits involve her.

Augustyn did an excellent job fleshing out her character. By the end, you might be questioning if you would be strong enough to fight off her manipulative ways if you were Alex (our protagonist).

The Bad

The dialogue slows down the story a lot more than I would have liked. It isn’t necessarily bad, but there is much more than needed. It’s hard to get in a good flow when we clearly see a man holding a shield and yet the character feels the need to tell us he’s holding a shield.

Obviously we can already see that, but thanks for the reminder. Reading on-the-nose dialogue takes away from the illustrations which is this issue’s strong point.

The Veredict

In movies and TV a big rule is “show don’t tell.” Same goes for a comic book, if we can see it, there’s no need for a verbal reminder. That said, the tone is on point. It took a little while for me to get invested, but deserves some credit for a strong finish that has me curious what’s to come next.

SCORE: 5.5

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