I, Vampire #6: Did Not See That Coming

Joshua Hale Fialkov makes a very bold move in the lead-up to a crossover with Justice League Dark.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

I, Vampire #6

When last we left the cast of I, Vampire, Andrew Bennett, Professor Troughton, Tig and Batman were lured into a trap full of nasty-ass suckheads by Mary Queen of Blood, the woman Andrew loves and is now trying to kill because she's trying to lead a vampire revolution.  The fight is gruesome, panicked, confusing and nasty, and the end is something I very much did not see coming.

If you'd like that surprise unspoiled for you, stop reading now, because Here There Be Spoylers.

I'll wait for you to leave.

La dee da.

2 Legit 2 Quit.

There's nothing in the rule book that says an elephant can't pitch.

Jimmy cracked corn, and I can't seem to bring myself to care.

Sometimes, The Daily Show makes me too mad to laugh.  It's a weird dynamic.

 

Are they gone now?  Good. 

Here's the deal.  Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov kills the hell out of his central character at the end of I, Vampire #6.  Yeah, I know!  Sure, this is a lead-in to a crossover with Justice League Dark, and we're talking about the undead and the supernatural here, so there's a good chance he won't actually be dead, but imagine if Fialkov has the chutzpah to stick with that move?  Not only does it make Tig Rafelson, who until this point was a questionable sort of cliche slayer teen, into somebody a lot more interesting, since she's the one who swings the axe that beheads him once she finds out that 'kill the sire, free the fresh vampires from the curse' is apparently a rule. So she thinks killing Andrew kills Mary then kills all the others.  Surprise – it turns out all it does is unleash some kind of Holy Crap Scary Vampire Of Doom named Cain, aka "The Sire of Them All."

No idea what that's going to entail, but wow.  And damn you, Fialkov, for making me this interested in what happens to vampires.

What's also cool about this issue is seeing Batman completely out of his depth, trying to apply 'no killing, you are criminals' logic to the world of the undead bloodsuckers.  Eventually, he realizes this isn't where he belongs, and decides to just subdue Mary and let Zatanna sort it out – but that doesn't quite work either.  There's also the standard not-exactly-Jae-Lee-but-pretty-damn-close art from Andrea Sorrentino and colorist Marcelo Maiolo that fits the mood of the series very well, but makes me doubt it will transition well in a crossover when the Justice League Dark folks get a hold of it.

But holy crap.  Well done on pulling the wool out from under us, Mr. Fialkov, by building up this powerful, compelling, angst-ridden character and then turning him to dust.  "Big ups," as the kids were saying 10 years ago.

CraveOnline Rating: 8.5/10