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Product Details

  • Series: I, Vampire
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401236871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401236878
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Grade A+. The first issue is a perfect blend of backstory and present-day action and would be a satisfying one-shot. But knowing that there will be more issues of DC's best horror book of the New 52 makes it all the sweeter."—USA Today 

About the Author

Joshua Hale Fialkov is one the comics most impressive up and coming writers. In his short career, he has already authored comics for IDW, Top Cow and DC Comics, mostly in the horror genre. His most recent work includes SUPERMAN/BATMAN and the monthly series I, VAMPIRE, as a part of DC Comics - The New 52.

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Joshua Hale Fialkov is the Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy award nominated creator of graphic novels, video games, prose, and the occasional screenplay. Best known for his cult hit series I, VAMPIRE for DC Comics, as well as the Eisner Award nominated TUMOR and Harvey Award nominated ECHOES.

Joshua is the upcoming writer of ULTIMATE COMICS: THE ULTIMATES for Marvel.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, author Christina Rice, their daughter, and their cat, Smokey.

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He's just a very likable character.
scifihorrorgamer
When DC listed this book as one of their "New 52" I thought it would be just a throwaway title for me.
Paige Turner
Picked up Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 at the same time and read both in one sitting.
philo xephon

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Over a year ago, when DC's New 52 initiative started, I was very skeptical of the direction that they were heading in on many of their books, but certain comics I was more skeptical about than others, and I, VAMPIRE was very much at the lead of the "most skeptical titles". Look at that cover. A shirtless and smooth-chested, skinny-jeaned tool with a streak of white in his hair and a goth-looking naked chick with bats flying around. This looks like it was marketed towards the TWILIGHT/Affliction-shirt-wearing crowd, hoping to perhaps draw in a new stream of revenue from this crowd.

I could NOT have been more wrong about this book, because as soon as you open the first page of the first issue, you are yanked into a world of strange beauty, twisted love and utter horror. Let me put it another way: This book is so great, I own all the individual issues, and I bought the trade.

I was vaguely familiar with this book's lead characters of Andrew Bennett and Mary, Queen of Blood (by the way, almost that entire description above from Amazon is wrong), introduced by J.M. Dematteis in the pages of HOUSE OF MYSTERY during the 70's as DC looked to get some of the exploitation horror under their belt as well as Marvel was doing with their own far superior title TOMB OF DRACULA. Bennett had been a nobleman in the 1500's who had been turned into a vampire, and turned his great love Mary so that they could spend an eternity together, but while Bennett was reluctant to take human life in order to survive, it turned out that Mary had no such moral qualms. For the next few centuries, he fought her and her minions to prevent them from spreading the curse of vampirism even further.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy in the US TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 9, 2012
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When the news first hit of each of the titles announced for the DC New 52, I, Vampire had the strongest negative reaction of the whole lot. Thanks to the Twilight films and shows involving vampires, the blood-suckers reputation as sparkling beings who love their human girlfriend have become clichéd, played out, and just over all ruined the bloody monsters vampires used to represent.

So when I, Vampire was announced and shown, comic fans denounced it immediately. Even looking at the cover (which is lovely by the way) exemplified the stereotype of sparkling vampires: shirtless and beautiful. And coupled with the fact the writer and artist were unknowns, so people couldn't get behind it because no big or recognizable names were on the title. But those who were brave enough to try out issue #1 upon release, all said the same thing: wow. Maybe issue 1 was a fluke? A guilty pleasure, perhaps? Nope. Every issue kept getting great reviews from people. Even now. So since I wasn't picking up the single issues due to lack of interest (not hatred, but lack of interest) I told myself to pick up the trade when it came available and see if it meets the hype. And I can honestly say this: yes it does.

I, VAMPIRE VOL.1: TAINTED LOVE collects issues #1-6. Andrew Bennett and his lover Mary are 400+ year old powerful vampires. Within these last 400 years, vampires have hid in the shadows as to not let their presence be known among human society. Tired of being left in oppression and fear, Mary decides she's had enough of human rule and that vampires should be the dominant species. But Andrew doesn't believe in the same values; he believes humans and vampires can coexist peacefully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By philo xephon on July 19, 2013
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Picked up Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 at the same time and read both in one sitting. I totally recommend readings these two together, as the series was cancelled so the story kinda goes full circle at the end. I usually don't go too much for the Horror books, especially from a company that usually deals with superheroes but I was in a dark mood and took the chance. I was not dissapointed at all. The story is great and I sure got a dose of Darkness. The art was excellent as well. Perfect for the tone the writter was going for. The guest artists in the 2nd vol. weren't bad either and went well with the Justice League Dark team showing up. Some other heroes from the Batman family show up as the story heads to Gotham. This is the perfect type of "Superheroes" to appear in this kind of book. It's almost like a Batman story with an extended intro without Batman. The reason I don't really like superheroe companies doing horror is that it seems strange to me that; lets say Superman and Vampires exist in the same universe. The tones are totaly different and it looks contrary to see a brightly colored hero fighting a bloody monster. But with Batman it does work. Another group of Heroes comes near the end, Stormwatch. This also works because Stormwatch usually deals with some of the strangest stuff ever thought up. So Stormwatch fighting Zombie Vampire Vampire Hunters (read the book and you'll undersand that one) isn't too far out of the question. I love Stormwatch and hope to get all the trades that they appear in (I just can't get enough of them) and I didn't even know they were going to show up in I, Vampire.

This book is surely a gem in the New 52. A lot of the books started off super strong but I've noticed that some of the Vol.
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