"Night #1 - 3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Jester Press
Written by Troy Hasbrouck
Illustrated by Buddy Prince
2004, 25 Pages each, $2.95 Each
Vampires, werewolves and summoned demons wage a gang war using humans as pawns in Night, the premiere comic from indie publisher Jester Press. Vampire FBI agent Sabrina Vought is on the trail of a killer werewolf. Meanwhile, lycanthrope David Skinner is on the run, but did he commit those crimes? The two of them end up meeting up in the midst of a gang battle, but someone else is pulling the strings.
Night is an interesting spin on some of the classics in supernatural mythos. Here we have a vampire and a werewolf at first working independently of one another, but eventually working together towards a common goal. The vampire FBI agent angle is one that I'm really interested in.
One thing that plagues Night, and unfortunately hits a lot of indie releases, is the copy itself. There are numerous cases of "your" being used instead of "you're" and a handful of other errors. These are mistakes that would be caught by a halfway decent editor or even an honest friend who could proof read the book before it goes to the printers.
The art by Buddy Prince is entirely in black and white. That's fine for most of the book, but there are some scenes that would have really benefited from a use of color, such as the bigger battles. The werewolf Skinner is great, but most of the regular people look like action figures from the '90s. They all have these wide stances with ridiculous muscles that bulge through their t-shirts. When characters are talking, it seems like Prince isn't sure what to have them do. Instead of making them do something to pass the time, they all stand around with their arms at their sides.
Night has a lot of potential. This is just the first story arc of the series. Jester Press has since released several other issues, including some trade paperbacks. I'd be interested to see where Vought and Skinner end up as these first three issues basically serve as their origin story. There's a whole mess of trouble that a vampire and a werewolf could get into together.