Written by Luke Anthony
and Frank Miller
on Tuesday, October 08 2013 and posted in Reviews
The twilight is in their eyes, but these vampires aren't here to win your heart with mixtapes, these guys have a plan.
Source: Top Cow / Heroes and Villains Entertainment
#2 is to be released October 9th and I have to say, this second issue is really progressing well. Last issue
, the vampires were pretty frightening with their eyes glowing blue, tracing along the panel to show how fast they move. The eye twinkle is something that really sets the creepy mood, plus their faces are monkey or wolf like, I can't tell. It's cool in the not Buffy/Angel
way. Eerie and evil as they are, it looks like they just got one-upped by some sort of werewolf vampire mix. Ya, it’s about to get nasty (in a good way) for Kichiro.
I’m not even going to say much about the art here, because I did in the last review. Ok ,yes I will. The art is realistic and surreal at the same time. It’s become one of my favorite recent artworks, and it just fits this genre so well. The lighting is superb. Expressions are spot on. Action is clearly demonstrated. As I mentioned in my interview with writer Rob Levin
, this is one of the few times I would recommend digital over print for standard comics (outside of things like Thrillbent
) because you can really get into the great detail that went into the work.
So what’s going on? Well Kichiro’s brother, Orochi, is a total douche. I’m almost as annoyed with his character as I was with Skyler White in Breaking Bad, or Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead. Where’s the love, Brorochi? Listen to Kichiro, he’s trying to save your Samurguys from the evil Vampirates! Word melding aside, there’s some great action happening. Capturing the skill of a Samurai is hard to do. What sets a Samurai apart from any other sword wielding homeboy? Extraordinary skill and improvisation with a blade. In one panel, Kichiro found a scythe and chops a vampire’s head clean off inches from Orochi’s face while he was lying on the ground fending off said vampire. That level of dexterity and swiftness is pretty wild if you think about it.
The last frame is my favorite and reveals what’s to happen next in Issue #3, for which a preview will be posted this Friday the 11th. Release for #2 is already out on Comixology
, but you can pick it up on October 9th. Rob Levin has more up his sleeve for this series, so it makes for a really fun weekly buy this month.
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About the Author - LukeAnthony
When Luke isn't writing reviews, he's writing manuals (occupation), original comics (vocation), children's books, or music (recreation). As a lover of all things high-concept, sci-fi, and/or philosophical, comics found their way into his life only a few years ago, at the ripe age of 26. It was V for Vendetta & Watchmen that led to his pathological media consumption rebirth of 2012. Ever since then, he found himself happier, more child-like, a tad bit smarter, and a much better liar. True to Outhouser gospel, he believes humor, like water, must be present in all things. If it's not, it's too dry & sucks the life out. Sarcasm, the salty demeanor of the South, frightened this idealist in youth, but is now the occasional spice used in his well seasoned personality. He sold all he had to leave his old world behind (cars, house, belongings) & become a full-time traveler across the US of A, a decision that altered his inner world as much as his outer one. If it has humor, depth, spiritual significance, and/or technicality and in that order, then consider it on this briny dude's shelf and up for review. Favorite on-going series include Black Science and Saga. This light, but deep fellow can be found on Facebook and/or Twitter.
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