Thursday, August 30, 2007

Review: Bite Club TPB

I've got the first digest-sized TPB and it was an awesome read. This comes out today I time I get to go to a comics shop, I'm so picking this up.

Writers: Howard Chaykin and David Tischman
Artist: David Hahn

The blood runs thick through the pages of Bite Club and its sequel mini, Vampire Crime Unit, Vertigo’s vicious vampire-crime dramas written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman, collected here in one comprehensive trade. Leave your stakes at home—these aren’t your trite Transylvania types. This is the real world, and in the vampire-laden Miami landscape, the Del Toros are a ferocious family of mobsters at the untouchable top of the corporate ladder, with as much appetite for sex and power as for blood. It’s “The Godfather” on speed, or the book’s narcotic equivalent, “plasmagoria,” as the bloodsucking brood drains every taboo in the book—from school shootings to incest. While the story’s layers and twists don’t always converge gracefully, you’ll probably be too engrossed to care. The second arc takes a noir turn, as the Vampire Crime Unit, not without scandals of its own, goes head to head with new mob boss Risa Del Toro—the most fiercely depraved badass bitch in recent memory. David Hahn’s clean, sharp style captivates and suits the stories perfectly, while Brian Miller’s coloring gives each scene a different tint, enhancing the flavor and drawing out the night through the daylight. Most notably, the book refreshes the vampire template by applying insatiable appetites to the world of business and crime, where they can pulse with lust and life—making these bloodsuckers far more human than human. MR | AUG 29 |
Price: $19.99

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