Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art by Andrea Sorrentino, Cover by Jenny Frison
Solicitation Info (from Previews): For hundreds of years, vampire Andrew Stanton kept mankind safe from the horrors of the supernatural world, thanks to a truce he made with his ex-lover Mary, the Queen of the Damned. But now that truce has reached a bloody end and Andrew must do everything in his power to stop Mary and her dark forces from going on a killing spree – and she plans to start with the heroes of the DCU!
Bias: I’m not sure what to make of this. It seems almost like Marvel’s X-men vs. vampires from a short bit ago, only with vampires trying to protect us from the other vampires. If it’s trying to cash in on the Twilight crowd, then I’m out. But if it’s a more mature approach to vampires (ala Scott Snyder’s American Vampire), then I could see me getting behind this. I guess we’ll see…
What I liked: It was definitely a more mature take on vampires, and the concept behind it was interesting (I liked that it wasn’t a human and a vampire, but two vampires with ideological differences). The artwork was dark and moody (perfect for the story). I was confused by whether the story was currently in the present time or the past (as the story kept bouncing between the two), until I realized that the shading between the two was different (reddish hues in the past, blue-ish hues in the present).
What I disliked: I think I’m just burned out on vampire stories. This was everything I asked for, and yet…it just wasn’t enough. I think that was because all of the action happened in the past. Very little was done in the present, and I wanted to know what was happening now.
Verdict: I’m giving this one more issue.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.