Dampyr #1 – Review

Posted on April 10, 2010


Issue: Dampyr #1
Mauro Boselli, Maurizio Colombo
Artist: Majo
Letters: Robbie Robbins, Cindy Chapman
Translator: Goran Marinic
English Text Edited: Jeff Menell
Cover Artist: Ashley Wood
Editor: Kris Oprisko
IDW Publishing
Release Date:
May 2005

“Haunted by horrible nightmares, Harlan Draka wanders the countryside, shamelessly making money pretending to be a Dampyr – half human/half vampire – ridding villages of what they naively believe are evil vampires. But when he is summoned by soldiers who are under attack by real vampires, Harlan learns the horrible truth: his nightmares are reality!

Artwork: 4.0 out of 5.0
Nice and consistent is the first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about the art on this book. The characters stay true to their original form from panel to panel. Black and white is the color scheme and it works. I am starting to think I don’t ever want to see another horror title with color. To me it seems that the character designs are kind of out of date, but that may be a cultural thing as this book is an Italian import. Aside from that though this is one solid looking book.

Story: 3.5 out of 5.0

Maybe the translation loses a little bit here and there but this is a good read. Nice introduction to the world, with some good plot points and fun action scenes. While it could be considered an Italian Blade, I think there are some good touches added to the vampire scene. Like how his blood can kill them and they aren’t afraid of crosses or churches. Plus the way the shock sets in with the characters when the realize vampires exist is amusing.

Dying Breath: 4.0 out of 5.0
Overall great art and a nice story that has so much more to explore, makes this one a keeper. The vampire angle is nothing new, but done right in this situation makes it fun for everyone. Don’t let the cost steer you away from picking it up. The story has depth and it takes some time to get from start to finish. It is well worth it if you passed on this one when it came out. Since I am so far behind on covering it anyways it can be like were both discovering it together!

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