"Vampblade (Season Two) #9" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone

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Written by Jason Martin
Illustrated by Marco Maccagni
Colored by Marcelo Costa
2017, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on November 29th, 2017

Review:

Picking up where Danger Doll Squad will leave off, as there's still one more issue set for release, Katie has returned to her job at the comic shop and her everyday life. That also includes fighting space vampires with her giant swords that come forth from her body. You know, just like a typical Millennial. There's no time to rest though, as a new threat looms on the horizon and this one is personal.

The real star of Vampblade is artist Marco Maccagni, who creates some of the most expressive characters I've ever seen. Every single panel says so much with just a glance. This is especially true for anger. It stops short of going over-the-top into anime territory, but still provides some cartoonish expressions that work to underline the emotions of a given scene.

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This blends very well with the otherworldly elements of Vampblade. There's a little demon creature that's been lurking in the comic shop that jumps at Katie upon her return. This thing goes from being a terrifying beast with a jaw full of razor sharp teeth one moment to an adorable little pet the next. He's like a cross between ET and Gizmo.

Maccagni ups his game with the monsters revealed towards the end of this issue. These creatures burst out of normal humans in some unsettling body-horror sequences. Seeing a person transform into a hideous bug beast is something that will stay with you for some time. What's worse is that one of them keeps some aspects of its human face, creating this demented unholy hybrid.

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The space vampires are still a very real threat and we get a peek as to what they're up to in a sequence that pokes fun at Donald Trump (although that's not all that hard to do in the scheme of things). This scene will be pretty satisfying for anyone that's not a fan of his. It also takes these monsters in a slightly different direction. I'm not sure how this will play out yet, but it's already proven to be very deadly.

Vampblade has the perfect mix of horror, action, and comedy with some added sex appeal for good measure. It's a book that doesn't take itself too seriously, but maintains a steady pace that always moves the story forward.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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