Noctua

The year is 2051.  A new strain of
virus has mutated 5% of the Earth’s population into creatures of the
night.  “Vampires,” as they’re called by their detractors, tentatively
co-exist alongside humans thanks to Aeternus Eternus, a synthetic form of
sustenance created by Biotech giant Imago Labs.  But for some, nothing can
truly replace the taste of fresh blood…fresh human blood.  As the
illegal blood trade rises, a new predator takes to the streets.  One which
even the Vampires themselves fear.  Those who have seen him and lived to
tell about it can only utter one word to describe the winged avenger, hell-bent
on ridding the world of their people.  “NOCTUA.”
Vampires and humans living together?  Yes, you’re reading that right.  Granted, it’s not the first time it’s been
done, I know.  Luckily, the story of Noctua
takes the premise and heads in a different direction.  This is definitely a welcome change for me,
as the vampire genre tends to be oversaturated these days.  Best of all, these vampires don’t sparkle.
With a virus driven source of blood
suckers, our so to speak vampires here are not the traditional creatures of the
night from lore.  This proves to be one
of the book’s strengths, adding to the struggle of them living side by side
with the humanity.  Regardless of what
created them, our anti-hero Noctua wants them all dead in his quest for
revenge.  As you can imagine, this sets
up for a rather violent story.  But what
else would you expect from a vampire story?
Like any good horror creation, you need
to create the proper environment.  With
such a gritty story like this, the rough and dark artwork used throughout was a
good fit.  Even with the darker feel to
the art, it had quite a varied color palette between multiple panels which
worked.
The story that we are introduced to in
the first issue has set a good foundation for more.  Revenge and vampires seems like a winning
formula in my mind.  If the series
continues like this, it will likely prove to be the case.  Horror fan or not, I would suggest giving
this a look and see how it pans out.

For more information on Noctua, check
out Alterna Comics.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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