Thursday, November 27, 2014

V-Wars Volume 1: Crimson Queen

Writer: Jonathan Maberry

Art: Alan Robinson

First Published: 2012

Contains spoilers

The Blurb: New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry takes you on a non-stop thrill ride of action, horror and suspense! Welcome to the V-WARS! These all-new tales chronicling the early days of the Vampire Wars offers the first salvo in the battle between humans and hundreds of new species of vampires! No matter how it ends, The world is going to bleed.

The review: Set in the same universe as anthology prose book V-Wars this graphic novel series starts after the outbreak that has turned many members of the population into vampires.

It is very story orientated, following Luther Swann – a folklorist who is now presidential advisor regarding vampirism. He is assigned to an elite anti-vampire unit (V-8), to advise on the vampire types they encounter, though he himself feels war is not the way forward.

The undertone of racism, (domestic) terrorism and conspiracy are obvious from the get go. There are those in power who want no peace between Bloods and Beats but there are other players – the Court of the (title mentioned) Crimson Queen who see themselves as separate to the Bloods and are infiltrated into every level of society (the Court tend to be vampires who can pass for human) as they are right where they were before the ice virus mutated their DNA.

I was perhaps more taken by the prose volume and how it developed several unrelated (or vaguely related, at times) stories and concentrated on vampire types. In this we see the types but they are not identified and concentrated upon in the same way – indeed the vampires seem (mainly) to be cypher characters for V-8 to shoot at. However the ending of the graphic promised more depth to come. 7 out of 10.

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