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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; 1 edition (June 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406060
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,296,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mordred (of Arthurian legend) is reimagined here as a wealthy pop culture tastemaker in London's swinging '60s scene. Oh yeah, he's also the head of a cabal of vampires... One day he comes across hospital nurse Dot, and decides to remake her as an icon of fashion, culture and music. This, it seems, is his first move in a plan to turn the newly emergent "teen" culture into a mindless army that will help his vampire crew quietly take over the world. However, a mysterious teddy boy (a British subculture based around '50s American rock and roll and Edwardian fashion) is determined to take out the vampires with the help of his trusty crossbow and a healthy supply of holy water. You'd think that centuries-old vampires would have come up with a better plot to take over humanity than waiting for the rise of teen culture, but oh well. The book is more about creating a creepy mood and evocative visuals, juxtaposing the pop culture iconography of the mid-'60s with the menace, horror, and gore of the vampires. In that respect it succeeds quite well, as the loose pencils and coloring make for very fluid and stylized art that fits the material and era quite well. Definitely worth a look for the art, and for its merging of genre and period, but the story will probably disappoint all but the most diehard vampire fans.

PS. For those who care to niggle about period detail, a few minor details are fudged, for example, the story is set in 1966, but references are made to Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit", The Electric Prunes' "I Had Too Much To Dream", and the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love", even though those songs weren't released until 1967.
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First, assemble the proper atmosphere: a streamlined, sleek crystal martini glass; the midnight-blue smoke produced only by the cigarettes of John Player & Sons, Nottingham; and an inviting William Morris chair. Then prepare to enjoy a champion, literary libation: the sensation and mystery of Wilkie Collins; the eerie Gothic of Bram Stoker; the testosterone of John Osborne; and the panache, "shaken not stirred," of Ian Fleming. All this combined with a welcome infusion of political incorrectness and Dame-Edna humor and you're ready for the experience of Mark Ricketts' fantastically readable graphic novel, Night Trippers. Keenly edited and brilliantly illustrated, Night Trippers will keep you up late knee-deep in vampires, violence, sex, drugs, rock n' roll, and damned good story telling. It's the latest hot graphic from Ricketts and Image Comics and well worth the investment. Mark Ricketts knows how to grab a reader with smart background, intelligent plot, clever twists, and just the right amount of self-indulgent, New-Wave excess. Buy it! You'll love reading it over and over again.
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On the surface, THE NIGHT TRIPPERS functions as a thrilling vampire story - there's a nifty conspiracy at play, peopled by compelling characters, and realized gorgeously by Micah Farritor's art. Of course, the story is enhanced by its setting - swinging sixties' London. In lesser hands, however, such an effort may have succumbed to the weight of its own nostalgia. Instead, Mark Rickett's script unfolds in "you are there" fashion - immersing the reader in that time and place not only through the obvious (re-imaginings of the famous) but through meticulous detail work in the scripting - particularly the dialogue. Ricketts' characters are conflicted, flawed, uncertain, likeable - in short, they are human. Even the ones who are dead - er, undead. Word and picture are so thoughtfully executed that the end result is something of a tone poem of horror. The book is a lush and rewarding experience - worthy of re-reading nearly immediately - something I almost never do.
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Night Trippers is easy to get into, great fun to read, and beautiful to behold. This vampire tale is set in London just before the Summer of Love. The atmosphere that Ricketts and Farritor create is a pleasure to take in, page after page. Farritor starts with a trademark understated color pallette, but frequently layers in lush hues for a truely beautiful effect that sets the perfect tone for Ricketts's story. A thoroughly enjoyable work that I found myself flipping back through as soon as I'd finished it.
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Mixing vampires with revisionist history is nothing new - as anyone who's ever read Kim Newman's 'Anno Dracula' books can tell you - however, this is a fairly amusing romp through a vision of swinging sixties London populated by 'Beatle' analogues letting the world know that "all you need is blood", Bowler hat wearing gangs of vampires on Mopeds and a Teddy Boy vampire hunter who bears more than a passing resemblance to Harold Steptoe. I suspect Mark Ricketts is an American as there are some hilarious clunkers in the colloquial English dialogue, but its worth a look as it puts a unique spin on Vampiric origin and Arthurian legend and is entertaining enough as a self-contained diversion. There's a very good film in here somewhere.
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