Saturday, September 22, 2012
Really glad I did. Issue #2 came out this week and so far I'm enjoying the series a lot. Writer Marc Andre'yko has done a nice job of writing Barnabas and Quentin Collins as well. The characters have the right 'feel'. In the first issue of the mini series Barnabas travels to New York looking into the disappearance of a family friend. His investigation crosses paths with alien vampire Vampirella, who is on the trail of a serial killer known as the "Big Apple Butcher". Both characters soon come to the same conclusion, that the killer is probably a vampire, so when they finally run into each other, in classic comic book form, each thinks that the other is a bad guy and a fight breaks out.
Things get sorted out pretty quickly at the beginning of issue #2 and the mismatched duo agree to join forces. Vampirella becomes Barnabas's guide into the seedier side of New York. Seeing the uninhibited Vampi and the old world gentleman Barnabas try and get along is a lot of fun. Kudos to Andre'yko for seeing the potential culture clash between the two. Soon Vampi's pal Pantha and Barnabas's bud Quentin appear. A woman who can turn into a panther and a man who can turn into a wolf. Expect sparks to fly. Oh, and the identity of the true villain shows that the writer knows his vampire lore. All and all I'm having a lot of fun with Dark Shadows/Vampirella. Issue #3 should be out just in time for Halloween.