GLX reviews Undying Love #1.
Writers - Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman
Artist - Tomm Coker
Colorist - Daniel Freedman
It seems as if vampires are everywhere these days. From Twilight to The Vampire Diaries, people can't get enough of them. Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman add to recent surge of vampire tales with Undying Love #1. Does it pack a bite or does it suck?
The characters of Undying Love lack complexity. There's nothing that really sets in why John is in love with in Mei except for quest to cure her of vampiric nature. Out of all of the characters, Tong shows the most personality. Maybe it's the contrast between his real age and the age that his body suggests to the average observer; but he is an enjoyable character. Mei's attack on a guard (that belongs to the group that attacks John) that's surrounded by gravestones was odd to me. Perhaps, the guard was on patrol; but the sudden shot of the guard was strange considering the action before the scene. Also, characters' heavy use of the English was weird. It's just odd to see people from China talking to each other in a second language.
Despite my issues, there's something cool about the writing. The world of Undying Love is an interesting one. It's refreshing to read a tale about vampires that doesn't go by the usual rules. Still, that doesn't mean that the rules are silly. Add to the mix Coker and Freedman's decision to use China as the setting for the story and you've got one interesting world.
"Do you know how to cure the bite of a vampire? By consuming the burnt ash of its heart."
The highlight of the comic is Coker and Freedman's art. Coker's style is rough, yet photorealistic. What makes it great is that each panel is fresh. Even shots that could've used an already used piece of art in place are original. There are small touches make each panel unique. Freedman's colors compliment Coker's work nicely, by giving the comic a dark and moody vibe.
For those that love Coker's work or those that love a good vampire tale, Undying Love #1 might be the fix you need; however I can't say that I can easily recommend this comic. It's definitely worth your time to at least look through it. Will I get issue #2? It all depends on if I like what glimpses I see of issue #2.
6.1* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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