The Darkling #1 (Futurius)
By Chris J. Powers
The Darkling (that’s her real name — even the “The”) is a young vampire girl who’d rather catch some moonrays than go out hunting for humans. While she’s out for a night on the town, a Shadowvamp suddenly starts tearing through the city, sending her into action to corral the cute little giant. This is a really fun book — the Darkling character is a highly unique look at a vampire in this world of Gothically morbid bloodsuckers. The art has a tinge of Manga influence to it, and the colors are fantastic. Powers, for some reason, eschews traditional word balloons in this book, instead telling the dialogue entirely in captions. It’s a little weird at times, but not difficult to follow, and he also pops in with fun “Random Vampire Facts” at times. Unfortunately, the book isn’t distributed through Diamond, so if you’re interested, you’ll have to check out the Futurius.com website. If you’re looking for a new angle on Vampires, though, it’s worth checking out.