The GeeksverseI, Vampire #1

I, Vampire #1
Published on Thursday, September 29, 2011 by

Written by: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino
Colored by: Marcelo Maiolo
Lettered by: Pat Brosseau
Cover Art: ???
Associate Editor: Wil Moss
Editor: Matt Idelson

I think this could be the surprise title from the new 52.

To be honest I had zero interest in this when it was first announced. It easily and quickly got into the “don’t care” pile of books. But then I saw the preview and it got me interested.

Failkov paces a good issue. The story jumps back and forth, from the present to various points in the past in the relationship between Andrew and Mary. The flashbacks show the depth of feeling these two possess and at the same time the huge gap in their philosophies. This story, with it’s deep vampire roots, exists firmly in the DCU and it’ll be interesting to see how the heroes interact with the darkness in this story.

And they have to, and soon. It can’t just interact with the edgier heroes (like Constantine who appears in #4), the big and bright heroes have to appear. Especially where we’re talking about armies of vampires. For this book to work as good as it can be, it has to be front and center with the rest of the DCU.

And not the way that Marvel is currently doing it.

I like that we don’t know exactly why Andrew, who created Mary, is against rising up and taking over. But we don’t have to. It makes his stance even stronger when all we know is that he’s responsible and he’s fighting against the one that he loves and that loves him.

The letter that Mary leaves at the end is well done. I liked that she said she’d love him even more because he is opposing her. It’s little bits like that, where Fialkov shows the depth of the relationship.

This was not a title that interested me, but the first issue alone was enough to make me want to add this to my pull list. The depth of the story and the relationship between the enemies is extremely interesting.

And Sorrentino’s work is amazing. There’s an apocalyptic feel to it and the colors help compliment it. The linework reminds me of Jae Lee’s work. It’s perfect for this series. Sorrentino shows alot of emotion with minimal lines.

I had feared that the cover was representative of the interior work and I’m glad it’s not. DC might be better off having Sorrentino do the covers.

I, Vampire receives
4.5 out of 5

A very pleasant surprise as this was a very strong first issue.

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