Artists: Scott Godlewski, Trish
Mulvihill, Clem Robins
Back to Black
In the darkness far underneath the ground, Michael and the Frog Brothers’ fate is looking very dim. With Michael’s death a new world order will ensue leaving anyone with a fang and blood intolerance in incredible danger. Despite this looming doom I can’t help but smile every time Niko, the saxophone player, enters the page. Whoever thought to make him a vampire hunter should get a pay raise. The way he speaks to Sam and the way he talks about himself makes me believe he is the love child of Thor and the guy who sang ‘I am too Sexy,’ either way his confidence will hopefully show him victory against the vamps. With a theory and a plan in place the odd duo head out to save well… the world probably. Not missing a beat, the Frog brothers rail into David’s sickly appearance. Unfortunately for them, he’s injected with the Mother’s blood and begins to heal. He’s also probably going to want that revenge now, for the whole being staked a couple times.
Children of the Cave
Niko and Sam enter the caves only to find a disturbing site. A group of tykes pumped full of vamp blood and awaiting their first kill. Refusing to kill kids, Niko uses his quick wits to venture further without being eaten. In a beautiful panel of David gloating of his health, he’s suddenly knocked on the head by Niko and his saxophone. That’s right a saxophone is now a tool against vamps. Tuck that info away for a rainy day. Bravely Sam and Niko face the deadly vampires using their oily skin and holy spit. Tim Seeley is really upping their game when it comes to horror and gore, and I’m loving it. Niko proves his worth as he uses his resourcefulness to put an end to David. Too bad they didn’t know David was a virgin, and that his blood was at that moment dripping towards the sleeping mothers… now here comes a whole new kind of bad.
This is probably one of the few books I’ll reread just for pleasure. I get such an enjoyment out of them, which I don’t know what that says about me... oh well. The simplicity of the art really gives you the 80’s feels without loosing the details to make the characters pop. Vampires have over the last decade been so over done and way too sparkly. It’s nice to get back to how it should be. With blood, and stakes, and sacrifices, aww the good ol’ days. The plot is really well done and has depth and mystery to it. Tim Seeley did such a great job with taking something beloved from the past, keeping its tone and character while still shining a new light on it.
High Holy: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩
Ariel DuPey | NCR