aaron_bourque (aaron_bourque) wrote,

I Do Not Drink . . . Wine . . .

I, Vampire.

Again, I'm going to talk about the original version of a character: Lord Andrew Bennett, the titular vampire, was a british gentleman who got turned into a vampire and decided to use his vampire powers to fight against vampires. Because, as a gentleman and landed lord, he felt it was his responsibility to help and protect the common folks. He made one mistake, though, of turning his lover, Mary Seward, and that would come back to . . . dammit, bite him later. Andy was also a rather brooding, Byronic character, with an affectation to still dress in periodwear.

He was basically what would happen if Count Dracula were an out-and-out good guy, and British.

The new 52 only makes one change, it seems, and that is in making Andrew more emo/Twilight looking vampire, while still remaining a traditional vampire. It's only in looks, so if you hate Twilight, don't worry, he doesn't sparkle in the daylight.

So Mary Seward wants to raise an army of vampires and conquer the world, and Andy wants to stop her. They're old vampires, and so very, very powerful vampires, and Mary? Had a head start. There are armies of vampires rising in cities across the globe, and Andrew has just found out about it. Now he's playing catchup, gathering a few old friends to help him in his impossible quest, and one way to end it all is to kill his old lover.

And since killing a siring vampire kills all of the vampires spawned, another way is for Lord Andrew to die, too. But does he know that?

This is a really cool, brooding story with the best parts of vampire stories: blood sucking, dangerous lusts, and questioning the morality and superiority inherent in being a vampire. The main problem, aside from the new look--seriously, put a shirt on, people. And some shoes!--is the art for the series, by Andrea Sorrentino. In my opinion, there's a distance, a coldness to the art that puts me off. Sort of like the worst of otherwise brilliant artist Jae Lee.

However, the art doesn't put me off enough to dislike it, and the writing is strong enough to keep me hooked. This is definitely not one to be overlooked.

Aaron "The Mad Whitaker" Bourque; plus, shapeshifting vampire battles. Hell, yeah.
Tags: analysis, comic books, essays, the new 52
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