Advance Review: Transfusion By Steve Niles And Menton3

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In a future overrun by out-of-control machines and monsters, a handful of human survivors try to fight their way back to a normal life. But what is normal in a world where both monsters and machines need human blood? And which are the real bad guys? Find out in this horrific new series by 30 Days of Night co-creator Steve Niles and menton3, the demented artist behind Monocyte!

Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Freaks of the Heartland) and menton3 (Monocyte) have teamed up for a new three issue miniseries with a perfect release month of October. The two are crafting a tale of vampires versus robots in Transfusion. When its machines and monsters facing off for their primary food source of blood, will anyone survive?

The story is a very interesting concept. You have all sorts of robot and vampire stories, but you don’t really see them facing off against each other. When you first hear vampires and robots, you probably think of something campy and cheesy. If you thought that you are incredibly wrong. Steve Niles is a master of horror. You know he has vampires down pat with his work on 30 Days of Night, and his robot work is just as menacing. The first issue is light on story. You have a few lines of dialogue scattered throughout the pages.  You don’t have word or thought bubbles or dialogue and thoughts set off in any way whatsoever. It works well with the bleak story and the artwork. The pages are laid out just as uniquely. You have various panels and page layouts that help evoke the needed emotions and carnage you see in the story. There will be blood. The story is summed up well in the solicit info. You don’t get to know a whole lot about the backstory, but this is one of the few comics where that doesn’t go in the negative column. You get an idea of what’s going on and why things are the way they are, but the lack of details adds to the suspense, and at times, terror.

Menton3’s artwork is stunning. You have a winter landscape, so it is all very dark and dreary. The only real color in the issue is the blood that is spilled upon the snow, which is always a great bit of imagery. The robot designs are beautifully rendered and the humans and monsters we get a peek at are just as distinct.

Bottom Line: Not a whole lot happens in this issue, but it is riveting at times. With a three issue run, it will be exciting to see if we get a lot of exposition and action or a smaller contained story like the first issue. Steve Niles can make either option work. I’m not 100% sold on this one just yet, but with the art and the potential of the first issue it is certainly one to keep an eye on. I give Transfusion #1 a 4/5.

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