Friday, November 15, 2013

Booknote: B.P.R.D.: Vampire

Mike Mignola, et. al., B.P.R.D.: Vampire.  Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-61655-196-4. (link to publisher)

In this tale, which follows the series B.P.R.D.: 1946-1948, an agent is haunted by dreams of vampires. He leaves the agency to go hunt them down. He heads to Czechoslovakia for his quest. What he finds is a feud between vampires and witches; the witches have a cult to a blood-thirsty Hecate. There are many layers of intrigue in this tale, including the fact that Agent Sanders is not an ordinary agent.

This is a good vampire tale with a good amount of suspense, which makes it a good Halloween read. You can read it any time of the year though. The tale brings together ingredients of the classic vampire tale: a mysterious noble who vanishes or seems to die only to come back, a spooky castle, haunted woods, seductive women, so on.

The volume includes a sketchbook with notes by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. This section features a good discussion of the art work as well as sketches to really appreciate the art and craft of the artists who helped bring the story to life. Overall, we get great art with excellent attention to detail, as we can expect from Mignola and artists that work with him. As a reader, this tale draws one in.

I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars if you ask me.

Disclosure note: In order to keep The Man happy this is where I tell you that I read this book as an e-book galley from the publisher via NetGalley. It was provided in exchange for an honest review. Book due for publication on November 27, 2013.

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