Review: V-Wars #1
When a sniper’s bullet kills the pro-peace Speaker of the House and a terrorist vampire cell takes credit, the Vampire War erupts hotter and bloodier than ever. Join IDW and New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry, as we take you on a non-stop thrill ride of action, horror and suspense! Welcome to the V-WARS!
The war between humans and vampires reignites this month in the pages of V-Wars #1. The story is written by Jonathan Maberry with art by Alan Robinson. Jay Fotos handles colors with Robbie Robbins providing lettering. There are a lot of vampire stories out there, but is V-Wars worth your time and money?
Professor Swann is a man that knows a lot about vampires. Ever since melting artic ice released a virus that triggered dormant genes from “junk DNA,” people have started becoming vampires. While some want to take the ‘bloods’ down, others, like Swann, want to try and find a peaceful solution. Unfortunately, the vampire threat hits very close to home for the professor. With is desire to find peace greater than ever before, Swann works with the pro-peace Speaker of the House to help get the word out so people can have legitimate information about the vampires. When the Speaker is murdered during his big speech, the war between the two factions reignites. But there’s something much larger at work than a rogue band of bloods. What sort of game has Swann found himself the center of? Who wants the humans and vampires back at each other’s throats?
Maberry writes a fast-paced and dramatic issue. We get just enough information to know what’s going on, but the main story isn’t about vampires, it’s about a big wartime conspiracy at work wrapped in a vampire package. It’s a decent vampire story, but it’s a better conspiracy thriller. Robinson’s art is sharp and detailed. Things are mature and rather gruesome throughout the issue, but Robinson handles it well and throws in just enough blood and gore without it going over the top. Robinson makes each vampire distinct. The artist has a good eye for action, and makes good use of the page with his dynamic panel layouts. This is a big, explosive, and bloody issue, but Robinson manages it all very well. Fotos’ colors are a good match for the book. It’s a very realistically colored book with some impressive blood/blood splattering throughout.
Bottom Line: V-Wars doesn’t quite blow you away, but Maberry and company have set up a very impressive book that starts things off in style. This is a vampire book, yet it’s so much more than just a vampire book. This is definitely one to keep an eye on. 3.5/5
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