I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc. And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.
Bad Blood by Jonathan Maberry is yet another vampire comic. However, I was instantly drawn into the story of the two friends, Trick and Kyle, once so alike in their health, until Trick is diagnosed with leukemia. Before the first vampire even appeared I was invested in these characters, so it sucked (haha) when some weirdly dressed pug-faced thing jumped out from behind the bleachers to snack on Trick's jugular.
However, the ugly vampire was in for a surprise, Trick had just come from a Chemo treatment and his 'poisoned' blood makes a major impression on the vamp, dissolving half it's face as it scurried away howling. However, it soon discovers Kyle, with his pure, untainted blood and kills him, partly to heal himself, but mostly because in it's hatred of Trick it now wants to destroy everyone he holds dear.
So, in order to keep his family and friends safe, Trick must figure out, and quick how to find and destroy these evil monsters, even if it means teaming up with people he'd never have approached before.
It's an interesting story for many reasons and although I had read similar twists before, this wasn't quite as tired as vampire stuff usually is, there was a refreshing breeze in this cemetery.
Abe Sapien vol 5 Sacred Places however, was a bit disappointing to me. I feel like we haven't really moved forward in this spin-off of B.P.R.D. Abe still wanders around like an emo frog lamenting his perception as a monster and his connection to Armageddon. It has been obvious for quite a while that he needs to return to headquarters and his friends to get straightened out, but for some reason instead we are still stuck in this pattern of saving and destroying the settlements he stumbles upon.
The art, as usual, is wonderful, but truthfully, I'm ready for this story to transform.