Guest post by: Craig Colbrook
Honestly, I kind of admire how shamelessly DC is jumping on the vampire bandwagon. I worry it’s a little too late — okay, I don’t really worry, in that I don’t exactly care one way or the other — but I really can’t help but smile at the audacity of it.
What we have here is the story of a couple vampires poised to become a whole lot of vampires. Mary, the newer creature, is sick of living under humanity’s thumb, and is all set to do something bloody about it. Andrew, the vampire who turned Mary, would rather just live with how things are, but is ready to throw down if Mary forces his hand.
The problem with I, Vampire is that it really does nothing more than hop on that bandwagon. There are elements borrowed from all of the modern vampire cannon — the melodrama of Twilight (and hell, Buffy before that), the vampire who hunts other vampires from Blade, the vampire who feels guilty from Angel, the racial allegories from True Blood. And yeah, you can pretty much go down the line just like that, like this is just a color-by-numbers vampire story. There seems to maybe be an apocalyptic twist on it (and see below, the fact that we have to qualify that with a “maybe” is kind of a weakness), but even that is borrowed from I Am Legend.
But if Joshua Hale Fialkov’s script is just checking things off the “Modern Vampire Story” list, at least Andrea Sorrentino’s art isn’t quite so rote. Indeed, Sorrentino’s work is sparse and moody, like a pretty effective Jae Lee impression. It’s actually quite stunning on the splash pages in this issue, like an expressionistic painting of the apocalypse. Marcelo Maidlo’s colors do a lot of the heavy lifting, but whatever; the point is, the art team is really trying to put something into this. They’re not just treating it like a cash-in.
Unfortunately, they have to draw through a lot of confusion. There’s new, poorly explained powers (and a new cheat to get around the sunlight weakness, because… no, there’s no reason for it), a confusing setting (is this still the current DCU, or have the vampires basically already won?), a weird pacing to Andrew and Mary’s break up, and a poorly conveyed action sequence.
So, DC’s gotten on the bandwagon…and that’s pretty much all we can say. I’m always fascinated by an apocalypse story, but Hell, I can’t even be sure if that’s what this is. So while I’d like to check back in at some point — and I’d like to see what Andrea Sorrentino does next — I don’t feel like it’s worth my money at this point.
Pull list verdict: DROP IT
My Best of 2012 Playlist by Eric Garneau
After being inspired by some friends, for the past few years I’ve been really into documenting my musical exploration with year-end mixes. I realize this is not a particularly novel thing to do, but hey, who has original ideas any more? Anyway, this has gotten even easier to do thanks to new technology like Spotify. read more