A new B.P.R.D. mini-series is always an exciting concept. How does this one fare?
Here’s the official description from Dark Horse:
After the horrific events of B.P.R.D.: 1948, we follow one doomed agent’s quest for revenge against a clan of vampires and their Gorgon-eyed queen Hecate.
I’m relatively new to the B.P.R.D. universe, so I jumped at the chance to check out a new #1. Vampire as you guessed has the blood-suckers playing the antagonist role. One might argue if this is just cashing into the vampire craze, (anything with the word ‘vampire’ these days will get an eyebrow raised) bur that’s beside the point. This mini-series is apparently a sequel to 1948, but you don’t have to worry too much about it. This first issue is a very good setup to what looks to be a fun vampire hunter ride.
The writing team of Mike Mignola, Fabio Moon, and Gabriel Ba craft an interesting story about a man whom wants revenge against a clan of vampires. In just this first issue Agent Anders is established as a pretty engaging protagonist. He doesn’t come off as petty or just want to kill vampires for the heck of it, he actually has some reasoning. The highlight however is the Queen of the blood-suckers, Hecate. She doesn’t appear too much, but it is nice to see an antagonist behind the scenes as opposed to random vampires going around. If written well, she could be one of the best female villains in recent years.
The art by the team of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba isn’t bad. Admittedly the heads look sometimes way too blocky and un-detailed. But for the most part it gives the book its own unique kook. I particularly love the splash page of Hecate, really sinister. The cover isn’t anything big, it simply shows Anders against his reflection in the water, which is accompanied by two vampires. Not personally as eye fetching as it should be for a #1, but still isn’t bad.
Overall, a pretty solid opener to this vampire themed mini-series. If the ending is any indication, we can expect some vampire slaying Buffy style in the coming issues.
My name is Daniel (@Destroyer_199), the main guy for comic reviews here at Unleash the Fanboy. I was born in 1995 in the Big Apple, spent my formative years in Staten Island, and currently reside in the awesome state that is New Jersey.