Written by Jason Martin
Art by Marco Maccagni
Colours by Marcelo Costa
Letters by Adam Wollet
THE DEAL: A group of sexy supernaturals with a whole mess of mystical weapons slice a path of gore through geriatrics in the closest place to Hell on Earth: Florida.
Guys, I wish I was being hyperbolic here (actually I don’t), but I’m not. In fact, I’m being polite about what I just read – but was it a problem?
THE GOOD: NO! IT IS AWESOME! This is my first exposure to Vampblade (which is connected to a much larger universe, from what I’ve gathered), so like any decent comic critic, I flipped to the first page with my skeptic knob cranked to 11. Right away, Vampblade checked a bunch of boxes that would usually lead me to a certain stereotype: naked women, ridiculous levels of blood and gore in every frame, snappy dialogue – the first line in the issue is “Wake up, you old fucks!”.
Alright, I’ve got this one pegged.
Wait – timeline shifts? Alternate universes? Destruction of the fourth wall? You’ve offered me a formula of sex, violence, and philosophical pondering in a delicious package. Count me in!
The art is tight and flows well from page to page, though I did find it difficult to distinguish each undead-psycho-murderess from each other. I think this is likely a first-read problem, so I’m still putting this in the good column, because they all looked fantastic, and the zombies were incredibly well-done. Not to mention that last page splash; it was a literal “holy shit” moment.
Also, shout-out to Adam Wollet for some solid lettering. Letterers are the unsung heroes of the comic world, and this guy nailed it.
THE BAD: I’m not sure I can attribute this to the actual comic, but the pace was lightning-fast. I’m not quite sure what’s going on at all, which is obviously another pitfall of jumping head-first into an established world, but it was confusing enough to get me flipping back a few pages to see if I’d missed something. It’s barely a detriment, though, because now I want to read more!
4 stars out of 5