I, Vampire #5: Batman Don’t Want No Suckheads

Andrew Bennett tracks his evil ex-lover to Gotham City, and Batman gets all up in his grill.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

I, Vampire #5

I, Vampire has claimed to exist in the DCnU proper, even though it's telling the tale of a massive vampire uprising, and issue #5 cements that by bringing Andrew Bennett and Mary Queen of Blood to Gotham City, and straight into the path of the Dark Knight.  So if vampire allergies were keeping you away from this title, you might want to check I, Vampire #5 out and see if you can get into it in spite of that.  Trust me, I know where you're coming from, but I still like this book.

Joshua Hale Fialkov continues unspooling the building suckhead revolution, and now that it's got Batman's attention, can the Justice League be far behind?  Or maybe the Justice League Dark, at least?  We'll see, but for now, benevolent vampire Andrew Bennett, his sidekick-ophant Professor Troughton and Buffy-sprite-in-tow Tig have tracked Bennett's ex-lover and current suckpuppy overlord Mary to Batman's home town.  Seems Mary's taken up shop in the Gotham Courthouse, turning everybody in the holding cells into vampires, forcing Batman to accept these things are real.  He's got no inclination to trust Bennett, but in the interest of tracking down the greater threat, he eventually agrees to work with him – after a fight, natch.

Vampires are treated as ugly, nasty creatures, as they should be, and while I was initially apprehensive about the addition of Tig, the fact that she is champing at the bit to kill Bennett as soon as Mary is wiped out makes for an interesting dynamic.  Fialkov's doing a great job at making sure that these powerful, godlike entities are never revered as such or romanticized at all.

The art from Andrea Sorrentino, combined with the colors from Marcelo Maiolo, continues to emulate the work of Jae Lee so perfectly it's almost indistinguishable, and for the first time that's gone from impressive to somewhat concerning. For some reason, it's just sort of dawned on me that Sorrentino is pretty much ripping Lee off rather blatantly. That said, Sorrentino also does an interesting thing or two with layouts in this issue that might indicate he'd also like to incorporate some J.H. Williams III action into his repetoire.  At least he's targeted really good artists for all this, and it really fits the book's mood and tone well, even if there's something about his nose-in-the-air Batman that rubs me the wrong way. 

I still hate vampires, but in this book, we're supposed to hate vampires, which I suppose is why it still has my attention.  I'm looking forward to seeing how Batman responds to this murderous suckhead rebellion in full force.