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I, Vampire #12 - Disintergration Review

5

Get ready for one of those "everything changes" issues. Fialkov and Sorrentino pull out all the stops and take the series to a new level.

The Good

For the past year, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino have been giving us the adventures of Andrew Bennett and Mary, Queen of Blood. Despite the feeling that they've been slightly isolated from the rest of the DC Universe, we've had plenty of action and adventure dealing with vampires in a time when many are a little overloaded with the concept. Because they get to tell their own stories (with the occasional guest appearance from Batman or Justice League Dark), you never really know what's going to happen. Issue #12 comes in.

We do have a guest appearance here from members of Stormwatch. Even if you haven't been keeping up with them in the New 52, you can easily figure out what's going on. When they arrive, they find Andrew and friends in the midst of a humongous battle with "zombified versions of the Van Helsing vampire-killing cult." But with a bunch of vampires and zombies fighting, what will be Stormwatch's reaction and course of action? Fialkov delivers the outcome in a brilliant fashion.

Sorrentino kills it with each issue. He draws such a beautiful but frightening environment that would probably make you pee your pants if you had to be there. The muted colors by Marcelo Maiolo complement the art and when it's time for something to shine, you can bet it's going to stand out.

As for the story, there are game-changing issues (which we seem to have a lot this week) and then there's this one. Fialkov hasn't shied away from shaking things up and mixing up what's going on. This is one of those cases. It's enough to make you ask your comic, "Josh, what the heck are you doing?!?" but in a good way. Fialkov's writing will keep you on your toes as you can never be sure what is going to happen next.

The Bad

Nothing. I love this comic.

The Verdict

Have you been reading I, VAMPIRE? If not, I highly recommend you go back and pick up this issue up along with the previous eleven. You can jump in here and figure things out. Your excitement and enjoyment will be greatly enhanced if you have been following these characters. Fialkov and Sorrentino are carving out their own little dark corner of the DC Universe and it's been a great and trippy ride. Originally I had concerns over the lack of involvement by other characters in this title. We have seen some guest appearances and they've all fit in nicely. Where the book shines is the fact that you don't know what's going to happen. Fialkov has no qualms about shaking up the status quo and that's part of the fun. I, VAMPIRE is a comic that you will read out of pure enjoyment rather than out of a feeling of obligation. Head out to your local comic shop and have them add this book on your pull list. You'll thank me later.

24 Comments
Posted by lifeboy

i dont know how a vampire comik keeps getting these high marks.  vampires have been overexposed and played out.

Posted by Turkeysammich

I cursed in excitement at least three times while reading this issue. It was great.

Posted by dangermart
@lifeboy said:
i dont know how a vampire comik keeps getting these high marks ....
Something to do with it being excellent, Tony is spot on. Have you actually read an issue?
Posted by lifeboy

no i havent read it. i would rather have had a harry potter comic than a twighlight. taken it back to hoggwarts baby!!

Posted by dangermart
@lifeboy: Oh-kayyyy, that was pointless.  
Posted by lifeboy

cheerup dangermart ;) i was posting rheotorically anyway

Posted by LordXorn

Can Fialkov write Stormwatch next please!

Edited by Adnan

@lifeboy said:

i dont know how a vampire comik keeps getting these high marks. vampires have been overexposed and played out.

What does being overexposed have to do with the quality of an individual series? I could understand why people wouldn't be interested in this due to the prevalent of vampires in fiction at the moment but it's not a sufficient reason (by itself) to lower the score of a good story featuring them, right?

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

@lifeboy said:

i dont know how a vampire comik keeps getting these high marks. vampires have been overexposed and played out.

You could say that about anything. Read it and find out.

Posted by erik_norris

@lifeboy said:

i dont know how a vampire comik keeps getting these high marks. vampires have been overexposed and played out.

Probably something to do with vampire hunting vampire zombies. The series takes every played out trope of vampire books/movies/comics/media and spins it on its head. This book is solid. Trust thy G-Man!

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Posted by Imagine_Man15

@lifeboy said:

i dont know how a vampire comik keeps getting these high marks. vampires have been overexposed and played out.

This isn't the average vampire story. I agree the vampire genre has been overexposed lately, but that doesn't change the fact that this series is great. Masterfully written, intriguing plot, etc.

Posted by Sekele

@lifeboy: @lifeboy said:

i dont know how a vampire comik keeps getting these high marks. vampires have been overexposed and played out.

So have been superheroes

Posted by lifeboy

thanks fellas:-) you i vampire fans are a manly bunch. now i know not to knock anyones comic. i feel the same way about jLa dark as you feel about i vampire.

Posted by longbowhunter

Between Tumor, Echoes and Last of the Greats it's safe to say over the last year or so I've become a real fan of Joshua Hale Fialkov. Along with Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire, I think he's right up there among the great new talent. I REALLY need to go back and catch up on this series.

Posted by dangermart

Joshua Hale Fialkov also has a story in this week's Amazing Spider-Man, #692 - it's excellent.

Posted by doordoor123

I love this series. 

Posted by Booster_Bronze

I agree with G-man on the art of this series: my favorite so far have been the interplay of the different shades of black from the first few issues, and something as simple as glowing eyes are drawn so creepily that the art alone is enough to sell this comic. The writing, while sometimes admittedly a bit over the top, is enjoyable.

Posted by wolfchampion

I love this book so much, one of the top 5 books from the new 52. Everything is awesome and the art OMG .. this and red hood best art from the DC. Cant wait for the next one, BUY it ppl or else its gonna get cancelled, and shit will that suck

Posted by ChernobylCow

I have been so up and down with this series. But I picked up the most recent 3 issues and I gotta say. This book can be really awesome. really stupid. and totally bonkers. I only read the first authority and I gotta say the stormwatch team was well-written here.

Posted by SoA

i only read this for stormwatch. it was okay .3/5

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Should I start reading this comic from #1? I not into Vampires that much...more of a Zombie guy but this comic gets a lot of good ratings.

Posted by Xarcon

I love this book! I'm pretty sure it's my favorite ongoing from DC right now.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

I don't think this book has been isolated at all, I mean they'v had cross overs with John Constantine, Batman, Justice League Dark and now Stormwatch 
 
also Fialkov is amazing

Posted by SavageDragon

SOOOOO Good. The only Vampire stuff I liked before this series was 30 days of night Trades and the Blade movies lol. But this book...what can I say that hasnt already been said. I love it.