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Bagged and Boarded Comic Reviews: I, Vampire, Wonderland and More!


New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!

I, Vampire No. 0
Backstory, backstory, oh glorious backstory! Though often alluded to, we never really got the whole story behind the vampirism of our faithful protagonist Lord Andrew Bennett. The powerful vampire who has trained himself to thirst for blood other than human blood (thank you kindly, Mr. Bennett) sees the full origin treatment in this zero issue from DC. We see the poor sap pre-lord of the night, as he fends off Cain (yes, that Cain) the original vampire.

Bag it or board it up?
This is a dream issue for fans of the series. If you're already reading I, Vampire, you'll find a lot to love about this moody, atmospheric issue. If you're new to the comic, it's still a good introduction to the series even if you may miss a wink and a nod sprinkled here and there. This whole issue is very Bram Stoker, which is a nice reprieve from the modern day setting in which the comic usually takes place.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland No. 3
Wonderland follows Calie and her daughter Violet in the modern world trying to fend off encroaching forces from Wonderland (as in the Alice In Wonderland Wonderland). The inhabitants of Wonderland feed off the sanity of normal people like Calie, and they seem A. totally nuts and B. really hungry. This issue follows The Mad Hatter's hat, as the big purple hat turns everyone who touches it completely insane. Now a town's worth of folks are batshit crazy and looking for Calie and her daughter.

Bag it or board it up?
All the Grimm comics are known for being very T&A friendly. The buxom female protagonists strut, pose, and jump around to the point of ridiculousness. This issue tones that down a bit, but this whole "everyone going crazy" thing is painfully unoriginal. The whole concept is such a blatant, shameful rip-off of the comic Crossed that it makes me cringe. In fact, the only person ripping off Crossed harder than the writer is the artist, who copies the deranged look the baddies get on their faces so precisely it's as if he traced it. Board it up, friends, and if you've got a strong stomach pick up an issue of Crossed.

American  Vampire: The Blacklist Part 4
Henry, sick as a dog and still in the secret vampire hospital, finally wakes up and speaks with his wife Pearl (who is a vampire, Henry is not... follow me here?). Pearl's dead-set on killing the vampire coven that hurt Henry, and her vendetta takes her to an abandoned movie studio cemetery and straight into a nasty trap.

Bag it or board it up?
This issue is great, but it's only for big fans of the series. There's a lot of exposition, a lot of romantic dialogue, a lot of stuff the casual reader, or the reader picking up this issue, just won't care about. Which is a shame, because it's a beautiful series. So if you're in the mood for another fantastic vampire series... check this out, but start a few issues back.

Happy No. 1
Nick Sax is a gun for hire who spends the first few pages of this comic taking down a serial killer. After a nasty stand-off with some thugs he takes a shot to the gut. Full of info he shouldn't know and stuck in a mob hospital, things are looking grim for Nick. And then, in the hospital, he sees a purple and blue, buck toothed, flying unicorn horse. And... Go!

Bag it or board it up?
A new horror/thriller/serial-killer limited series from Grant Morrison? Don't mind if I do. And what's that? It's psychotic and psychedelic and hilarious? Yes please! The time to jump on this comic is right now, I promise you. Get in from the ground up, there's nothing like this bizarre comic from a master of the bizarre!