Bagged and Boarded Comic Reviews: American Vampire, Lot 13 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!

American Vampire No. 33
This issue sees the culmination of the "The Blacklist" storyline, which followed the love story of Pearl the vampire and Henry the human. With her old enemies about to turn her dying love into a vampire under their control, Pearl has to fight to save her husband's life (and next-life).

Bag it or board it up?
This is a beautiful, heartfelt end to a great run with these characters. I don't know if the next storyline will pick up where this one leaves off, but I hope it does. Not only does this issue hit on all the emotional cues, but it's also action-packed and grisly.

Lot 13 No. 2
Lot 13 follows a family as the move into an old house filled with vengeful, gory ghosts. Written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) this issue features a seductress with a big hole in her head, a deformed child with a penchant for violence, and all types of torn-apart spirits.

Bag it or board it up?
This is classic Niles. Very bloody story filled with characters who are current and easy to connect with. This is good horror comic stuff, and it's nice to see so much blood splattered on the old haunted house genre. In a setting normally gray and full of cobwebs it's refreshing to see a splash of blood red here and there.

I, Vampire No. 14
Andrew Bennet is our vampire hero. He's been using his powers to fight the darkness that threatens to swallow up the world. Well, now he's given in to the evils that threatened to overtake him and he has, effectively, gone batshit crazy. He's now recruiting an army of powerful vampires to conquer the world, and it's up to his ex-girlfriends to put a stop to him!

Bag it or board it up?
One thing's for sure: I would not want to face off against all of my exes... but I don't have magic abilities, either, so it wouldn't really be a fair fight. I'm a luke-warm fan of this series, but if this is the direction it's taking I could get really into it. The pace seems faster now, and the action is intense. Hopefully they can keep up the pace.

Grimm's Fairy Tales: Sleepy Hollow No. 2
In a small town that was the basis for the original tale of Sleepy Hollow a group of college students accidentally, through a strange fumbling, bump their friend in front of a train and he gets decapitated. Now they're freaked out as their teacher tells them all about the basis for the legend of Sleepy Hallow. Could their friend come back as the headless horseman?

Bag it or board it up?
Oh, Grimm's Fairy Tales, why are you so obsessed with busty women? This was a perfectly normal story, full of good exposition and clunky, unclear action. They tell the whole story, in flashback, as to how the headless horseman legend began. But the way it's told is by a super-busty, super-sexy teacher in a short skirt. Maybe younger audiences get a kick out of this, but I find it a bit laughable. Grow up, Grimm's.