Like Anita Blake, this feels like a guilty pleasure. Only that's campier and this is harder to follow. However, in this issue, some questions are answered for folks like me who are new to the universe and at least now I have a better understanding of the big bad. This is one grim reality and quite addicting.
Speaking of Anita Blake...
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures 3
A rather long title to this book. Rats and vampires, what a combo. Especially when you toss in scantily clad vamps and rat kings, not to mention Anita running around with a torn shirt, though it's mostly just her shirt that's torn. The dialogue is funny and campy, along with the narration which is Anita's voice. Lines like:
"Important safety tip: Never say the name of an angry master vampire when it is within 'hearing' distance."Words to uh, live by.
I never read the Anita Blake books and likely won't, but this comic is pretty trippy and entertaining. It won't tax your mind or leave you pondering the greater questions of the universe, but there are worse ways to spend your time. Unless you've got a problem with creatures like vampires and rats.
Crossing Midnight 2
This picked up where issue 1 left off, story-wise and pace-wise. Mike Carey (I assume the same one who writes Wetworks) fills in the mystery of the shrine without revealing everything, or so it seems, and there's a startling plot twist at the end. I don't like revealing too much about a comic or book I'm reviewing, unless it's something juicy, but in this case, I definitely don't want to spoil a thing for anyone thinking of reading it. This is a wonderful story, simply yet beautifully drawn and well told, with events told through the eyes of a teen boy whose sister is the focus of otherworldly things.
I tend to stick with superheroes mostly, because I've been reading them most of my life, I know most of the characters (in the DCU, anyway), and they're usually quick reads. But it's worth finding time for special titles like Crossing Midnight and The Lone Ranger, where all that really matters is fully realized characters in a story that can take your breath away.