BAD BLOOD

On the look out for a new horror comic, but don’t want to get sucked into a life-long commitment? Here’s a new five issue vampire mini-series from Dark Horse Comics that’s worth a look.

The center of this story is Trick.  He’s a pretty normal high school student: He’s got a life-long best friend, a football career and plenty of stress. More-so than most. One night after school he’s attacked by a vampire. Immediately after biting him, the vampire is disgusted by Trick’s blood, poisoned by it. This kicks off a war between vampires (who have been in hiding a long time) and humans. Armed with the knowledge that his blood is toxic to vampires Trick decides to take it upon himself to become a vampire slayer of sorts.

I really enjoyed Jonathon Maberry’s writing. It was quick and clever and just well done overall. Tyler Crook’s artwork isn’t really my cup of tea, but by the end of issue one it started to grow on me. Nothing against Mr. Crook’s work, I respect all artwork (especially that of an Eisner Award winner), but it just isn’t my favorite style; especially for a horror book. I tend to be picky though. I really like these characters. A lot. For me to really take to characters immediately in a comic is rare and that is a testament to Maberry’s writing. The horror is done well, in both supernatural and real world terms. I was impressed with the plot as a whole. It had both great character details and plot twists that I had not considered before actually sitting down to read it.

I love finding great limited run comic books and I think “Bad Blood” is going to be added to my list. Definitely looking forward to how it all plays out.

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