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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Comic Review: VAMPBLADE SEASON 2 #12 from Action Lab-Danger Zone

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
February 21, 2018
24 pages
32 pgs./ M / FC
Cover A – Winston Young Regular Cover (unlimited) 
Cover B – Winston Young Risqué Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Tony Fleecs Artist Variant (limited to 1500)
Cover D – Tony Fleecs Artist Risqué (limited to 2000)
Cover E – Dan Mendoza Variant (limited to 1500)
Cover F – Dan Mendoza Risqué (limited to 2000)
It’s the climax of season two and even with Katie fighting alongside The Intergalactic Cross-Dimensional League of Vampblades, it’s unclear whether they’ll be enough to save Earth. One thing’s for sure, it’s going to take… all the blades!!!
Features 3 covers each with a risqué variant – including one by Dan Mendoza (Zombie Tramp, DollFace)!

I’ll Take That Comic with Extra Cheese!

It all started when a good friend of mine at I Smell Sheep said “Hey, Jonathan, you like comics, right? Why don’t you write some comic reviews?”

I said, “Okay, I do like comics. What would you like me to review?”

Suddenly my inbox was flooded with comic options. There were so many comic options. A lesser comic lover would have been overwhelmed, but not me! I picked….

Vampblade Volume 2 #12

It’s written by Jason Martin with artist, Winston Young. Why did I pick it? Was it the pretty girl in the form-fitting costume? Was it the cool blades coming out of her back and the blood everywhere? Was it the cool title that suggested vampires? Yes! Yes! And Yes! The cover delivers. It screams, “Pick me! Pick me!” Isn’t that what a good comic cover is supposed to do?

In order to review this issue, I had to read the three issues that come before it. So, I picked up issue nine and began to read the story arch. The story arch gripped me. I was like, “Let me go, story arch!” and the story arch was all, “Bwa ha ha ha! I’ll never let you go! You must read me through to completion!”

There are no vampires in the conventional sense in this story arch. A young comic book shop worker, Katie, has these blades that feast upon the villains that fall prey to them. There’s a really cool little imp creature involved. It’s a complicated process that makes the reader go from, “What the? Where are the vampires?” to “Ohhh! Vampblade! Very clever, comic book!”

Here is the story in a nutshell. There are aliens bent on destroying the earth. There big purple nasty looking aliens, the kind that just won’t listen to reason. Throughout the comic arc they have the upper hand. It looks like they’re going to win. I went from issue to issue saying, “What’s going to happen next?” (Luckily, I keep a Bluetooth earpiece in my ear so people don’t think I’m crazy.) Along the way I enjoyed a story that was full of action, humor, and cheesiness (not stinky cheese but the good kind). It’s the kind of stuff you want to find in a comic book.

Issue twelve is the deus ex machina episode. The alien invasion is in full swing. Things are as bleak as they can get, when suddenly, the whole dynamic of the comic book is changed forever. If it wasn’t so brilliantly done, I might have gotten mad. Needless to say, there is much fighting and those vampire blades all get a proper feeding.

The artwork is bold and colorful. It’s full of eye-catching reds and purples. Lots of action and plenty of Katie to feast the eye upon. My eyes came out of this story quite satiated. Check it out!

The story arch ends in a cliffhanger that actually left me curious about what happens next. I give this issue a solid four sheep. I highly recommend it for the comic reader who is just looking for a fun read. There might not be any conventional vampire but there is lots of action and lots of fun.

4 Sheep

Jonathan Harvey
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