It’s A Bloody Mess…
The queen of the vampires is out for blood, superhero blood! Now Andrew Stanton, a fellow vampire, vampire hunter, and former lover of the queen, must now defend the lives of the masked avengers within the DC Universe.
New writer, Joshua Fialkov, brings a gothic tale of blood, sex, and violence to the pages of DC Comics…not that these aspects weren’t already in place amongst the superheroes already, but with vampire stories, it’s much more pronounced and dominant.
But Fialkov was facing a daunting challenge, trying to pull in the new readers without disappointing them that I, Vampire is NOTHING like the twilight saga. It’s a smart move on DC’s part to take advantage of this love for vampire stories that young people seem to have today, but this series is certain to prove that vampire stories = dark and unhappy stories.
No time is wasted in getting the plot moving as we toggle back and forth between two separate plotlines, both of which put Mary, queen of the Vampires, and Andrew Stanton at center stage. The story gives us the necessary back story displaying how these two came to know each other and, eventually, become lovers. The other shows the start of the Vampiric war Mary intends to start against the heroes of the DC Universe. It’s such an interesting twist on vampire folklore; to make it where vampires feel threatened by the superheroes is such an appropriate plot device and I can’t believe someone didn’t think about it before.
Vampire Romacing…What’s It Supposed To Be Like?…
Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight attempted to portray a sense of love and confusion with each character and tackling the issues surrounding those ideas. But the final product was an allegorical mess of sexual confusion and the condolence of rape. I, Vampire delivers a Vampire story that sends off a “Twiight” vibe, but proves to be much more mature and intelligently written.
I can’t tell if Andrew Stanton feels ashamed of his Vampiric lineage or not. He certainly hates himself for turning Mary into a vampire, but seems content with himself as what he is. Both him and Mary, in the flashback sequences, discuss their own opinions and philosophical mindsets about what it means to be creatures of the night, and through the conversation we discover some new details on vampires and their strengths, weaknesses, and physical appearance.
Kids expecting this comic to resemble that of Twilight might be a tad disappointed as this issue is filled with some very horrific scenes of mutilation and menacing fight scenes. You will never find yourselves a moment where you sigh in loving admiration for the two main characters. It’ obvious they hate and love each other at the same time, ready to kill each other at a moment’s notice while talking as if they still have a loving connection to one another, or at least a mutual respect.
Andrea Sorrentino does a fantastic artistic job with this gothic horror tale. While I find many of the images terrifyingly awesome, however, none of them are as bloody as the other horror comics to come out…like Swamp Thing and Wonder Woman. Sorrentino takes a much more Hitchcockian approach to her art, allowing the story to shock and alarm rather than simply giving us a bunch of gore of guts to scare us. Every page is filled with low lite imagery with a dark blue or burnt sienna color tone, with blue showing the more toned down aspects of the script, and the brownish scenes depicting the more violent and displaced scenes.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much out of this issue; I assumed it was going to be nothing more than a twilight fan hitch to draw in readers who enjoy very bad story telling. Instead, I got a gaggle of amazing and fantastically written sets of dialog as well as wonderfully disturbing artwork. I am a happy lover of gothic literature and comic books!
10 out of 10 Stars