Bad Blood

Jonathan Maberry and Tyler Crook . Dark Horse, $17.99 trade paper (136p) ISBN 978-1-61655-496-5
Very smart and very bleak, this Bram Stoker Award–nominated graphic novel works fresh changes on traditional and pop-cultural vampire lore. Trick Croft is a college freshman fighting leukemia. When a monstrous vampire attacks him, it recoils in dismay, poisoned by Trick's polluted blood. After the maimed bloodsucker begins slaughtering Trick's friends, the young man tries to become a vampire slayer, searching through the freaky nightclubs of vampire wannabes. He meets Lolly, a heroin addict who sees vampirism as salvation from her wasted life—until she actually meets some of the horde menacing Trick and becomes his ally. When they find a mentor, an ageless vampire hunter, readers may be lulled into thinking this is going to be another variation on a familiar theme, but Maberry (the Rot and Ruin seres) knows exactly what readers expect, and he plays expertly on their hopes and fears. Crook's anti-glamorous art fits the script perfectly, all the way to the tense climax. Readers who value honesty and intelligence over comfortable clichés will find them here. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 03/09/2015
Release date: 12/01/2014
Genre: Comics
Hardcover - 132 pages - 978-2-7560-6173-3
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