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I, Vampire Vol. 1: Tainted Love (The New 52) Paperback – October 9, 2012

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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

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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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  • 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 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Blue Thunder Bomb VINE VOICE on October 9, 2012
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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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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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The Artwork is nothing on the inside like it is on the outside, and quite frankly I am okay with that.
I bought this not knowing what I was getting into. The story was difficult to grasp at first, but the more everything was explained and explored, the more I understood and found myself going back to the beginning to really enjoy it, and I did.

Vampires seem to have a new power I haven't seen before, which is turning into Dogs or Wolves or even other animals. I thought that was a werewolf thing, but I guess I've been out of the Supernatural loop for a long time.

Whatever lore you may follow, this is a very in depth series and you can really feel the emotion involved between the characters.
You won't be upset if you take a risk and try this book out. It's great.
I've never read Vampire novels or anything like them before so this was new to me entirely and now I need the other two volumes!
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Based on the cover and the recent popularity of vampires being in everything I wasn't sure about this new series. But I was happily surprised at how great this series is. The writing is well done, dark and interesting with a solid backstory to explore and the art looks nothing like the cover but is instead very well done to fit the story.
There is even some crossover with other superhero characters later on in this series.
I would definitely recommend this book to graphic novel fans as the whole series is great and is wrapped up nicely in three paperback volumes.
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I,Vampire is so good, it's upsetting. I couldn't tell you when I first saw it's awful cover because it is so ridiculous, it didn't register. I heard that is was good, and saw that it was scoring pretty well with certain reviewers, but with so many great comics out, why would I pick one up with a cover this bad? I deeply, deeply regret that decision.

I,Vampire is intelligently written, fantastically drawn, boldly imaginative. It is that last bullet point that most impresses me. Extremely powerful characters are danced around in comics, but rarely will a series dig deep and show you just how powerful its characters truly are. I,Vampire establishes early that Andrew Bennett is a force to be reckoned with and that his former lover, progeny, and enemy Mary, is just as deadly. It is refreshing to see a series revel in its characters abilities, and rise to the challenge of writing believable and satisfying conflicts for said characters to overcome.

Unfortunately, this series has already been cancelled by DC. There is the hope that if enough people purchase this book, and its upcoming second volume, we can send a message to DC, that there is an audience for it, if they will just do their job, and market it. I can tell you right now, that I have already preordered my copy, and hope you will do the same. I,Vampire is a fast, bloody, fun, challenging, intelligently written romp through the dark parts of the DC universe that we haven't seen before, but definitely need to see more of. It is a phenomenal series, and deserves to be read. Pick it up, and I can practically guarantee you will love it. Wonderful, and unquestionably a must buy.
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