- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Originals; First Edition edition (April 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616555521
- ISBN-13: 978-1616555528
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,123,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
The Portland, Oregon based Pander Brothers are a multi disciplinary creative media team who write and direct films, commercials and music videos as well as write and illustrate graphic novels. Their award winning feature film Selfless premiered at ComicCon International in 2009 and was picked up by Entertainment 1. Also known for their collaborative work in graphic novels, their books include the cult series Grendel: Devil's Legacy, Batman: City of Light and Exquisite Corpse. The Pander Brothers' visual storytelling has been nominated for the Eisner and Manning awards for groundbreaking artwork in the graphic novel medium.
They most recently launched their digital comics hub, PanderBrosComics.Com featuring the brothers' wide array of original stories for digital download including, Tasty Bullet, Secret Broadcast, Jack Zero (Crackerjack Shot) and Accelerate. The author lives in Portland, OR..
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Girlfiend is the newest works from the Pander Brothers in a decade and they definitely have not lost their touch. Jacob and Arnold Pander have created an immersive and vivid world, telling the story of the main character Karina, and her complicated life. (except that she's technically dead..) At times the artwork reminds me of Jhonen Vasquez at some points, but at other times the art style leans towards Japanese manga. This book is definitely not text heavy, and relies more so on the black and white, high contrast, artwork to tell a lot of the story, and it's pretty awesome in a really bloody kind of way.
Karina is a beautiful albeit slightly strange vampire, that you can't help but love. She's not just your run of the mill vamp, however, but an "evolved" rare breed of vampire she refers to as "Daywalkers". The story follows the crazy romance between Karina and Nick. I found their relationship endearing if not a bit awkward at first. At first Karina has an almost innocent air about her, which is accentuated by the stuffed animal she sleeps with at night. Karina's need for blood gives Nick an idea, turning them into a twisted kind of vigilantes, picking off the dreaded Blood Brothers gang that has been wreaking havoc in the city. She needs to feed, so why not take out some baddies in the process? I enjoyed the mystery behind Karina and her past and the fact that she has a conscience and hates herself for what she is, from calling herself a monster repeatedly, to not wanting Nick to see her feed, fearing he too will see her as a monster. Nick, however, sees past the fact that she is a vampire, doing whatever it takes to be with her.
I found the first chapter to be a little jumpy, and at times I was slightly confused, but after the first chapter all of the separate story lines begin to intertwine into one bloody tale of love, murder, and revenge. The story line from page one is great, but once all of the separate stories start to converge things get intense. I enjoyed how the cowboy vampire trio ended up being the final piece in connecting all of the characters together.
Girlfiend is one of the best horror comics I have read in a long time and I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. The book is released on April 1 from Dark Horse comics and I highly recommend picking up a copy.
My first experience with the Pander Bros. work was in the 1980s Grendel series. Their art was such a stand out from everything else going on in comics. For me it was the first indication of how far comics can grow in writing and art. “Girlfiend” continues to push the industry. I have been reading comics for over 40 years and to find artists who can grab you for decades is a rare and wonderful treat. The Pander Bros. have a kinetic energy in their work and have honed their craft to a razor’s edge in “Girlfiend”. Buy it, read it, and you will love it.
No spoilers in this review, just a brief commentary on the outstanding visual storytelling that the Pander Brothers bring to the page to tell a great story. If you're a comic book aficionado, I'll tell you this much: Girlfiend ain't grandpa's grid format—the artwork and storytelling is top notch, with gorgeous panels that frame but never completely contain the scenes. Visually, Girlfiend is a three-dimensional feast for the eyes: guns are thrust out of the panels, characters spill out of the borders, and the dialogue never crowds the imagery.
The story opens with the arrival of a Greyhound bus transporting a young woman named Karina who seems to be a perfect model of an innocent ingenue starting a new life in the big city. Looks aren't entirely deceiving, as the emotional vulnerability is real, but Karina is much more than just a pretty girl in a polka dot sun dress.
The first two pages show the reader, without words, that Karina is a lonely girl, hungry for a soul mate—and, by the third page, it seems that she's looking for love in the wrong place. However, this is foreshadowing on several levels. The reader is immediately introduced to Nick, cracking wise to an emaciated corpse at the County Medical Examiner's office. He's got a bunch of roses in cold storage among packets of transfusion blood (more foreshadowing) but the roses are wasted on the wrong woman. The next panel tells the tale of his date for the night ditching him for another guy.
And that's all you're gonna get from this reviewer. If you want to know more about Nick and Karina's love story, the detective on their trail, the vampire goon squad tracking Karina, and how it all plays out, get the book. It's the kind of graphic novel that is so rich in detail that it needs to be read several times to drink it all in. Bravo, Pander Bros!