Requiem Vampire Knight: Resurrection & Danse Macabre/Dracula & The Vampires Ball by Pat Mills and Oliver Ledroit (3 stars)

Requiem Vampire Knight: Resurrection & Danse Macabre/Dracula & The Vampires Ball by Pat Mills and Oliver Ledroit

Veteran British comics writer Pat Mills takes us into hell as Requiem Vampire Knight finally gets printed in English. Originally released in France where, much like the rest of Europe, there’s a burgeoning comics scene that isn’t obsessed with superheroes and men with capes, Requiem is very much an adults-only tale of vampires, blood, lust and glory.

Our protagonist is a former Nazi who awakens in hell as a vampire, but clings to a misguided sense of honour. It’s a domain ruled by laws opposed to our own as bloodsuckers, werewolves, zombies, centaurs and other denizens of the night battle for supremacy.

These first two collected volumes kickstart the story and are soon steeped in action on a grand scale as political factions boil over into violence. Oliver Ledroit’s richly detailed art brings this dark and malignant world to glorious life and though it’s a bit cheesy in places, the non-stop action is enough to keep you hooked.

(Panini Books/Nickel)

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