By Chuck Suffel
Many of you haven’t heard of Studio 407 yet but I think you will. Slick production with quality writing and art can’t stay unknown for very long. So without further ado I bring you….
The Night Projectionist
Written by Robert Heske
Art by Diego Yapur
Colors by Jorge Blanco & Jok
This is a graphic novel about …. Vampires! Dun Dun Duuuunnnnn. I know I know, another vampire book? I have to be honest, it’s really good. I read a lot of horror, which in this day and age that means a lot of zombies and A LOT of vampires. So why is this one good?
The fear and horror on the some of the faces really pulls you in. This volume is full of images like that, page after page of classic disturbing horror.
Second but no less important is the story, Robert Heske has given us a new vampire story. It’s not a super-hero vampire or the “new breed” of vampire we’re so used to seeing. It’s just a very personal, very deep story, one with twists and turns. The plot opens up slowly and the more things you learn about our main characters the more things you want to know.
I’m really tempted to slip into book report mode here. There’s so much going on in this book it’s hard to describe it with out just telling you the story. If you’ve read my reviews however you know I hate doing that.
So what can I tell you of the story… Well we follow a newly turned vampire in his quest to avenge wrongs done to him and his family. The story spans from 1907 to present day. Sound familiar? This ain’t Angel. This ain’t Spike. The vampires here harken back to the old days, with classic powers like mind control and the ability to turn to mist. Even though the classic vampire mythos is used here it’s done without camp, there’s no tongue in cheek found here. Don’t fool yourself, this is a violent, frightening horror comic. Just the way we like ‘em! The original four issue mini came out in February of 2009 which is long enough ago that even if you read it then you should go check it out now! This gets a four out of five and a strong Buy it recommendation!
The Night Projectionist TP
Release: June 27, 2012
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
Recommended: Ages 13 and up
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