After team Vampblade’s first mission goes decidedly not to plan, it’s back to basics. Katie must learn to control her new relationship with the blades… while also keeping the comic shop afloat in today’s tricky market!
You suddenly find yourself transported to what appears to be another planet or possibly even another dimension. Wait, this isn’t the beginning of an RPG campaign, is it? This would certainly make for a crazy setting to have one though. However, this is actually Vampblade issue five of its second season and not a D&D night.
We interrupt this this regularly broadcast from Earth comic for this jump to…somewhere? At least 90% of the time anyways, where we see Katie in “Blade World”, potentially where the sentient being of the Blades is from. That bulk of time though is just spent with her interacting with it and trying to figure out what to do, how to get out and so forth. And that’s really it, which sadly just doesn’t fill the pages that well. When we aren’t seeing this (sometimes) comedic display, a familiar face aka Zombie Tramp appears to be searching for Katie. Given the timing, I would have to assume this is placed there as a tie in to the Danger Doll Squad series.
There wasn’t really much of anything new to the artwork for this issue. I did like the embodiment of the Blades that showed up though. He(it?) was kind of adorable in his smaller form and gnarly in his bigger one. Other than that, it was mostly just Katie, naked most of the time, yet somehow mostly covered in a creative way. Given the general lack of much of anything going on, there obviously wasn’t any cool action to see either. We don’t need action to be a good looking issue, but it wouldn’t have hurt here.
I have to say, I wasn’t expecting to open this issue and be a little underwhelmed. As I said before, I think this is a bit of a precursor to DDS starting up, but as a Vampblade issue it wasn’t the greatest. I do want to see where this goes though with it perhaps giving us more about the origins of the Blades. Hopefully upcoming chapters do a bit more, because I’m not sure how interested I’d be in more of these kinds of issues.
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.