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Day Men #1 Review

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The Day Men protect and do the bidding of the ruling vampire families. This new series gives a different take on the vampire genre.

The Good

Vampire stories have taken a hit in recent years. With the numerous attempts to revitalize the genre, the results were an inordinate amount of stories that left a sour taste in the mouths of readers. Thankfully it is still possible to deliver a fresh take and that's exactly what we get here.

Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson give us a vampire story where the vampires aren't the main focus. It's not often you really think about what the vampires do during the day, besides sleep. Having such a huge weakness makes these powerful creatures way too vulnerable. In this world, there are powerful ruling vampire families and they train and utilize "Day Men" to service their needs.

In the first issue, we meet David Reid, a relatively new Day Man. Throughout the story, we do discover some of the minor duties that go along with the job. These little details are what truly fleshes out the whole concept. Running errands and protecting the masters is just part of the gig. Seeing mention of mundane responsibilities shows that the writers have given all this some thought.

Brian Stelfreeze's art sets up the vibe right away. There is a nice variety in the looks of each character and I found myself stopping several times and taking in all the details of background objects and scenery. I tend to get really distracted when the backgrounds are ignored in comics.

The Bad

Being a first issue, there's always the gamble of how much to reveal to the readers from the beginning. The main character, David, for example, something about his look just didn't jive with me. The bit of white in his hair makes him appear slightly older yet you also get the impression he's more on the younger side, having recently finished his training. There was a moment when he was drinking coffee he just didn't look like that formidable of a character. You do realize there is more to him than his appearance.

We don't know what the full story on the vampire families but that's something we will discover through the course of the series.

The Verdict

Boom! Studios has unleashed a new vampire series. The great news is Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson have come up with a different twist on the genre. Rather than focus simply on the bloodsucking creatures, we are introduced to a new world where powerful vampire families rule different territories. In their employ, they have "Day Men" that serve and protect them during the day. Brian Stelfreeze's art creates a great atmosphere with a nice variety of different types of characters as well as details in the background that will catch and hold your attention. If you've ever had any interest in the vampire genre, this is a series to check out. Breathing new life in what has felt like an overplayed concept, DAY MEN shows us there is plenty more to the idea of vampires and the world they live in.

16 Comments
Posted by johnny_blaze

I thought all Boom did was kids stuff like Adventure Time & Regular Show, I'm going to check this out.

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Posted by Hawkguy

@johnny_blaze said:

I thought all Boom did was kids stuff like Adventure Time & Regular Show, I'm going to check this out.

You should check out Deathmatch and Six-Gun Gorilla

Posted by MrShway88

Will the Night Man cometh? AH-HAAAAA!

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@hawkguy said:

@johnny_blaze said:

I thought all Boom did was kids stuff like Adventure Time & Regular Show, I'm going to check this out.

You should check out Deathmatch and Six-Gun Gorilla

Ahhhh thank dude.

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Posted by G-Man

@mrshway88: hmm. Pretty sure someone thought to try that joke in the comments when I interviewed Matt and Michael...

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Posted by longbowhunter

I read about this when it was first announced. I'm a sucker for horror. The art and character focus of this series has me real curious.

Posted by Machine_13

Boom! certainly hasn't published all homeruns, but they've had some strong books mixed in there in the last few years. Seems like they're on the upswing these days.

Michael Alan Nelson has authored a sizable body of work for Boom! - primarily (possibly entirely) horror-leaning books (e.g. '28 Days Later' series and the 'Fall of Cthulhu' family of titles; I particularly loved 'Hexed' which he wrote and was drawn by Emma Rios) - but I've found him to be a thoroughly competent and enjoyable (and overlooked) writer, so I'm checking this one out. I'm glad Nelson is getting more visible work, though I worry he's been dealt an unfortunate hand at DC with the projects he's been put on over there.

Posted by Bruce_Kent12

@johnny_blaze: You should also checkout Supurbia , it's one of my favorites. It's the only thing I've picked up from boom studios in a while.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I hope this does well, I know some people are pretty sick of Vamps right now but hopefully they will realise a good book is a good book regardless if its about Vampires

Posted by MrShway88

@g_man: Call me predictable but I had to do it.

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Posted by iaconpoint

Dear Comics,

Stop with all the good stuff. My wallet cannot take anymore.

Posted by lykopis

@fables87 said:

Thought that was Mystique for a second lol

That is what I thought -- plus, Nate Grey.

Like all new efforts, I will give this a try although Vampire based comics usually don't keep my attention for long. The idea itself is interesting, though.