- Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
- Verlag: DC Comics; Auflage: 52 ed. (15. Oktober 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1401242782
- ISBN-13: 978-1401242787
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 0,8 x 25,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 284.661 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
I, Vampire Vol. 3: Wave of Mutilation (The New 52) (The New 52!: I, Vampire) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. Oktober 2013
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Joshua Hale Fialkov is one the comics most impressive up and coming writers. In his short career, he has already authored comics for IDW, Top Cow and DC Comics, mostly in the horror genre. His most recent work includes SUPERMAN/BATMAN and the monthly series I, VAMPIRE, as a part of DC Comics—The New 52.
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With the first two arcs of I, VAMPIRE, Fialkov obliterated expectations and defied the book's status quo by ending the first one with the death of Andrew Bennett, and ending the second one with Andrew Bennett turning evil. In this final volume, we get a major character returning in the form of Deborah Dancer, Bennett's paramour from the initial J.M. DeMatteis run of the story (from the pages of the character's initial run in 1970's/80's run of HOUSE OF MYSTERY), and here's where the other major twist kicks into place: Mary Seward is now human, which is displayed in one of my favorite issues of the series, the chapter called "Debaser". But not only is Mary human, she's now one of the "good" guys, as she teams with Professor Troughton to take Andrew (as well as the newly-vampified Tig) down. We get the origins of Cain and Lilith, the first vampires; we get John Constantine; we get an assault on the Van Helsings; we get the actual House of Mystery, and we get shocking deaths, resurrections, cliffhangers galore, and an ending for the ages.
Sadly, in order to assist in revitalizing the GREEN ARROW series (thanks to the new TV show, and getting a new writer in Jeff Lemire, one of the rising stars of the DC ranks), Sorrentino had to take his moody, atmospheric and beautiful art over to that series, giving us a number of guest artists such as Dennis Calero, Scott Clark, Dave Beatty, and the last series "regular" Fernando Blanco. It's not that the art is bad, per se, but Sorrentino set such an incredibly high bar for the art on this series that pretty much anyone else is a let-down.
This collection, as stated, provides issue #0, as well as 13-19. Sometimes, the story feels a little rushed, and the issue with three different artists is sadly pretty troublesome. But you have to hand it to Fialkov and company, because while there are these moments that are lesser than what you have come to expect from the series, it's still remains one of the best series of recent memory, and I was glad that we got it as long as we did. There still feels like there's story to tell that could be continued somewhere down the line, but that could be years away. Since then, Fialkov has departed DC to work for Marvel on titles like the ALPHA: BIG TIME limited series, ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES, and independent work like the brilliant digital-only THE BUNKER. It's safe to say that we are nowhere near hearing the last from him, or from Sorrentino, who is rapidly becoming a fan-favorite on GREEN ARROW.
If you were to break the series down to a trilogy of books, it closely resembles Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT trilogy. The first installment, collected as "Tainted Love", is an amazing beginning. The second installment, collected as "Rise of the Vampires", is the strongest of them all, and this, the finale, collected as "Wave of Mutilation", is not perfect and there's about two issues worth of story in each of the last few issues that seemed like they should be told, but it's still breathtaking storytelling.
Also, every single issue is named for a song, but in this final arc, and a few previous issues show what a gigantic fan of The Pixies that Fialkov is.
We barely knew ye, I, VAMPIRE, but we loved you very much along the way.
I, VAMPIRE VOL.3: WAVE OF MUTILATION collects the remaining issues of this series #0, and #13-19. After the events of volume 2, Andrew Bennett has absorbed all the evil and powers of the vampires in the world and has been corrupted. Now Andrew is hell bent on destroying the world, while Mary, now a normal human being, is the good guy and wants to save Andrew from his corruption. So both parties are strengthening their forces and racing against time before one group is stopped by the other. And yes, Cain returns, and he too has something to add to all of this, especially since evil Andrews plan involves opening a gate to heaven and hell.
Volume 3 of I, Vampire picks up all of the troupes it has been doing since it started by having graphic gore, action, suspense, and probably the highest point of all from writer Joshua Hale Fialkov: reader expectations and dichotomy with Mary and Andrew . Since the beginning, this series has moved at a quick pace and just kept making twist and turns left and right, and volume 3 is no different, with a lot of plot lines coming to a close.
Mary is now the protagonist wanting to do the right thing and Andrew is the power hunger monster that has to be stopped, reversing roles and you cannot go on without liking Mary now, especially after learning more about her history with Andrew. Issue #0 answers how Andrew became a vampire and when he and Mary began their rocky relationship and connection to Cain. The added information on the characters past with the current situation makes for a crazy and game changing ending for this series.
Andrea Sorrentino does art for issues #0, #13-14 and the last pages of issue #19. Sorrentino’s art continues to highlight the graphic and horror like vibe whenever he takes over the pages. Sorrentino leaves to go on Jeff Lemire’s Green Arrow in volume 4 for the better, while fill-in artist Fernando Blanco does issues #17-19 and parts of issue #16. Blanco does a reasonable job, with Dennis Calero doing issue 15 and Scott Clark, Szymon Kudranski, and Dave Beatty share art on issue 16.
Now compared to volumes 1 & 2, I'm going to give this last volume a 4 star rating. Why you ask? There are a few problems that cannot be ignored. The most obvious is the constant changes in art that makes a mess in terms of cohesion. It's good art, thankfully, but it still is noticeable and doesn't quite nail the same vibe it has without Sorrentino at the helm. And because this is the end of the series, the book becomes a bit of mess near the last two issues to cram all the loose plot lines Fialkov set up and it comes off bloated. Too many characters at one time, confusing moments where characters come in and come out, and things just happen. And although most of the plots get tied up, there still are a few missing pieces in there, like how and why Andrews title as container to Cain happened. That doesn't get resolved or because so much chaos at the end I might of not noticed it. All of these aspects hurt the book.
None the less, I, VAMPIRE VOL.3: WAVE OF MUTILATION is still a great ending on this under-appreciated series. Great art, great characters, boastful horror, and massive action still makes this series that have a beginning, a middle, and a end. Yet, the shuffling artist and chaotic ending to wrap up loose ends hamper the book. I was tempted to give this a 5 star review like the other volumes, but the flaws keep it from that score and I'll give it 4 stars, but I feel like the score is 4.3 stars out of 5. So if you read the first two volumes and enjoyed it, you might as well get volume 3 and finish this series. And as a fan, I still suggest any new fans to give this series a try. It will get you in the Halloween mood.
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