There’s an astounding amount of exposition this issue and very little inventive art from Stelfreeze. He does very well with what he’s got to do–the protagonist is on the run with a beguiling girl, the vampires are plotting–but none of the art really plays to Stelfreeze’s strength. At one point I even questioned whether or not he was still on the art.
The issue reads fairly well until writers Gagnon and Nelson start the false endings. Every time I finished one of the pages, I waited for the “to be continued.” There are a lot of natural endings in the comic, but the one they go with reveals their willingness to totally waste the readers’ time.
I suppose the action sequence is fairly cool–there’s only one. Stelfreeze does a great job with it. Unfortunately it’s not two pages longer, then it would’ve eaten into some useless exposition.
Writers, Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson; artist, Brian Stelfreeze; colorist, Darrin Moore; letterer, Ed Dukeshire; editor, Eric Harburn; publisher, Boom! Studios.