"Interceptor #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Heavy Metal
Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Dylan Burnett
2016, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 10th, 2016
Humanity's savior, Poli, has landed back on Earth ready to destroy the vampires that have taken over the planet, and reclaim it for mankind. Before she has a chance to do this, she's swept away by a horde of the bloodsuckers and tossed in prison along with Weep, a young rebel kid who grew up on this wasteland of a planet. Now they have to fight their way out of this place if they hope to complete Poli's mission.
Although Poli is a total badass and is more than capable of holding her own, it's Weep that steals the show in Interceptor. She's a rambunctious kid that has never known a world where humans were nothing more than food for the vampire overlords. The thing is that she can take care of herself. This is made abundantly clear when a group of vampire prisoners attack the duo. Poli may have some enhancements that make her a fighting machine, but she hasn't been field tested yet. She's still thinking she's fighting a person instead of a monster. Weep has no such hang-ups.
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This fight scene early on is a thing of beauty. Weep is in her element, punching, stabbing, and biting her way through the vampires. Artist Dylan Burnett delivers a great sequence showing Weep getting ready for action. It's a series of five panels with Weep taking out a stake, loading it onto a wrist slingshot, and firing. These are the movements of a professional. It's not her first rodeo. The final panel has Weep releasing the stake with a smirk on her face. She's got this.
We get a glimpse into the rebellion (or what's left of it) here. This is a small group of humans fighting against the vampires, doing what they can to stop everyone from becoming bloodbags. Poli is a welcome sight, as these people are on their last legs. Death is something they face every day, which is a stark contrast to the near immortality that the vampires hold in the city on the horizon.
The book opens with the introduction of Matilda, the Baroness of the North. Vampires may rule the world, but that also means they have to deal with the same crap that we do on a regular basis. There are things like infrastructure and politics involved, which clearly doesn't interest someone like Matilda. She lounges about drinking as much blood as she can as she sits atop her high throne. Her clothing is very interesting, as it's not much more than a long gown, however it flows all the way to the floor, also serving as a red carpet for people to stand on while they address her. It probably wouldn't work well if she were to ever stand up.
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As with the previous issue and his other work like Ghost Fleet, writer Donny Cates brings a nice blend of horror, humor, and all-out action. He drops these tidbits of a mystery, pulling you deeper into this world. This all leads up to a stellar final page that is rife with possibilities.
Interceptor is one of the most fun comics on the stands today. Look no further than the expression of sheer joy on Weep's face as she slaughters vampires to get an idea of what to expect. Poli came here to put an end to the vampire threat, but now she's getting roped into the rebellion, which is a very different task. This is no longer a solo mission. Can she play nice with others? I can't wait to find out.