In Review: B.P.R.D.: Vampire #3
The cover: Fabio Moon has given us Agent Anders in the belly of the beast. He’s ready to kill a vampire–if only he’d look to his left! I love the ceiling’s colors, giving it the appearance of an oversized organ with dangling veins. Awesome! Overall grade: A
The story: Three issues in and we start to get payoff and a few more puzzles from Mike Mignola, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon. Anders and his guide Hana have fallen into a hole containing a lost city. Anders goes too far ahead and encounters two female spirits who seduce/lead him away from Hana (who has a secret of her own!). Anders finds whom he’s been looking for; the dialogue is great–every word, from both, is powerful. Their loaded dialogue provokes the other into action. There is a resolution, which would have been an acceptable conclusion. I would have been satisfied with an ending here, but happily there’s more going on, and Anders’ quest is not near done. I also have to wonder if I should be rooting for Anders after seeing Page 17 and 18. Wow! Overall grade: A
The art: Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon get a lot to play with in this issue. There’s a mysterious ancient underground city, two evil female spirits, human(?) agent Anders in action, and his opponent. This opponent has a great design, and after seeing this character here, in action, I would buy a book that featured only him. The throw down is good, and the assistants to one of the combatants are spooky. And that last page–? Huh? I’m loving all of this? Overall grade: A+
The colors: Great coloring by Dave Stewart. Putrid greens and grays are used for a fight in the dark, with other colors for costume pieces and eyes. I especially liked the splotches in the final panel on Page 21. Overall grade: A
The letters: Dialogue and four sound effects by Clem Robins done well. I would have liked some more sounds, such as the action on Page 20 had an opportunity to hightlight the sound, but is sadly mute. Overall grade: A-
The final line: Wow! Now what? Overall grade: A
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently has been teaching 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.