Free Comic Book Day Review: V-Wars #0

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New York Times bestselling horror author Jonathan Maberry presents the chronicle of the first Vampire War in V-Wars! This all-new tale leading into this summer’s ongoing V-Wars series offers the first salvo in the battle between humans and hundreds of new species of vampires!

vwarsThe V-Wars ignited this past Wednesday, but IDW starts to show us the events that started it all in their Free Comic Book Day Issue of V-Wars #0. The story is written by Jonathan Maberry with art by Alan Robinson. Jay Fotos handles colors with Robbie Robbins tackling lettering. Issue #1 has been out for a few days now, but what does the zero issue have to offer?

The debut installment of V-Wars threw us right into the action and showed the opening salvo of the biggest war between humans and the various species of vampires to date. The zero issue serves as a prequel to the vampire outbreak and how human/vampire relations broke down. We get to see Dr. Luther Swann navigating some of the earliest battles between the humans and vampires as he narrates how things got as bad as they currently are.

Maberry relies heavily on narration as Dr. Swann (through the use of his journal entries) gives us a rundown on the world he now lives in and how he went from a guy that wrote books about mythology and vampires to the presidential advisor and special envoy with the V-8 strike force. The first issue just threw us in headfirst into the story, but the prequel offers up the explanations that were really needed for the debut issue. You should read the FCBD story before diving into issue #1 if you haven’t already. Robinson’s art does a valiant job of keeping things moving while volumes of information are being dumped over top of the skirmishes we’re witnessing. There are various species of vampires, and Robinson makes each one unique. Some of them look really great, others look a little too weird. Those weird ones are few and far between, but some of the species look a little wilder than the others. Robinson’s art is complimented greatly by Fotos’ colors. There are a lot of gun battles, blood, and gore to be seen and Fotos brings it to life in a way that’s not too over the top.

Bottom Line: V-Wars #0 is required reading if you’re going to check out the main V-Wars series. It’s an info dump of a book that fills in the gaps that needed to be filled with the first issue and gives you a better understanding of what’s going on.

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