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Review – Impaler Volume 1 Trade Paperback


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Impaler Volume 1 Trade PaperbackBack in August I got to review the second volume of this series having never read the first volume.  I really enjoyed it enough that at New York Comic Con I made sure to grab the trade paperback for Impaler Volume 1 published by Top Cow.

Written by William Harms with art by Nick Postic and Francis Tsai the story covers a vampire infestation and the warrior tasked with stopping them.  All set with the backdrop of a brutal winter storm

When one of the worst blizzards in modern history descends upon New York City, the blinding snow and wind are the least of the city’s problems.  For hidden in the weather is a growing army of ravenous vampires, and humanity’s only hope lies with Vlad Tempes, the “historical Dracula.”

It’s a great take on vampires adding in a ravenous appetite and onslaught more akin to an attack of nature that can’t be stopped.  This is a tidal wave of evil instead of plotting humans with fangs.  That gives it a better feeling of dread and doom.  This is a force of nature that’s coming to get you.

The art is beautiful and the whole book has a tone of dread.  Inclusion of the “every man” in Vic and his tragic back story infuses a humanity often missing.  The writer is speaking through Vic including his own personal tale through this main character.  A nice touch that adds sadness to the horror.

I loved the second trade paperback and the first is just as good.  Go out and get both now.

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Review – Impaler Volume 2 Trade Paperback


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Vampire comics (and really vampire stories in general) either work really well, or are utter rubbish (*cough* glitter *cough*).  Impaler Volume 2 Trade Paperback is one of those that works really well.  While you don’t need to read the first volume (I didn’t), it’d definitely help.

International Horror Guild Award finalist William Harms (Wolverine: The Anniversary) returns to his bold new re-imagining of the vampire mythos with a second volume!

Millions of vampires have descended upon America. In a desperate attempt to defeat them, the US military nuked New York City. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late. The legendary vampire HUNTER, Vlad the Impaler, has returned to stop them, and NYC Detective Victor Dailey has become his unwilling companion. Joining Harms for this volume is up-and-coming painter Matt Timson (Popgun).

Collects Impaler Vol. 2 #1-5 plus a cover gallery and bonus material.

William Harms follows Vlad the Impaler and Victor Dailey in their battle against a vampire plague infected the eastern seaboard of the United States.  The story focuses on a couple of different points that converge a bit.  You have Vlad and Dailey and their travels, a group of soldiers in Washington DC and Philadelphia and one of the soldier’s family and their fleeing of their home.

We get to see three aspects of how people would react to such dire circumstances and it works really well.  There’s a horror aspect to this comic, but also a great focus on the reaction of the characters.  There’s a similar feel to World War Z if you’ve read that amazing book and both work for similar reasons.

If you’re a fan of vampires or horror, this is definitely a collection worth checking out.

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Preview – Impaler Volume 2 Trade Paperback

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Impaler Volume 2 Trade Paperback

(W) William Harms (A) Matt Timson (Cov) Matt Timson

International Horror Guild Award finalist William Harms (Wolverine: The Anniversary) returns to his bold new re-imagining of the vampire mythos with a second volume!

Millions of vampires have descended upon America. In a desperate attempt to defeat them, the US military nuked New York City. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late. The legendary vampire HUNTER, Vlad the Impaler, has returned to stop them, and NYC Detective Victor Dailey has become his unwilling companion. Joining Harms for this volume is up-and-coming painter Matt Timson (Popgun).

Collects Impaler Vol. 2 #1-5 plus a cover gallery and bonus material.

Full Color 160 pages $14.99  trade paperback

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