Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I, Vampire #1

DC Comics, 20 pages, $ 2.99

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo
Letterer: Pat Brosseau

Emo vampires, then.

Usually, when people complain that “nothing happens” in a U.S. comic, they probably mean there’s too much dialogue. In this comic, nothing “happens” in the dialogue, by which I mean to say you couldn’t come up with a triter and less exciting piece of writing if you tried. It’s two lines of exposition, basically, spread out over 20 pages of generic dialogue that reveals nil about the characters.

There’s a parallel plotline (involving a vampire who kills other vampires) running alongside the conversation, but I honestly don’t understand what’s meant to be happening in it, or how it’s meant to relate to the dialogue scenes. Are those the same characters? Is it a flashback? I’m at a complete loss. Something about an army of vampires led by someone planning something, for some reason or other—or something.

That’s as specific as it gets. If you look up the Wikipedia entry for “I… Vampire,” the serial by J. M. DeMatteis and Tom Sutton appearing in House of Mystery in the early 1980s that Fialkov is recycling here, you get a somewhat better sense of what’s meant to be going on, actually.

Artist Andrea Sorrentino does a reasonably solid job. His style is strongly reminiscent of Jae Lee’s, but he gets the action across—well, most of the time, at least.

This looks and reads like generic, empty fluff, styled to appeal to the Twilight crowd. If there’s anything more behind it than that—a fascinating concept, an intriguing character, any trace of originality whatsoever—the creators fail to communicate it.

Grade: D-

1 comment:

Esteban Pedreros said...

I disagree.

I read and I didn't see emo Vampires, but that's just my opinion.

I did read the wikipedia entry but not because I didn't understand what was going on, I read because i was intrigued... I thought the characters may deserve better than anonymity.

Maybe reading all 52 tittles was a bad Idea. I also write reviews and when I force myself to read something or when I read too many things I end up exhausted and usually everything comes up as crap