The minute I saw this cover, I was instantly intrigued. It could easily double as a movie poster or book cover, but no, it’s a comic. And what a read.
So, it’s called “Undying” and there’s the bleeding heart. Looks like we got a romance between a vampire and human. (Yawn, been there, done that.) Hang on, the vampire here is being played by the girl. Yea-ba-wha?
With only the first issue is out, not much of the story’s been revealed. Here’s what we’ve learned so far:
John Sargent, who strikes me as a cross between John McClane and Clarence Worley, is trying to cure Mei, the love of his life, of her vampirism. The opening scene shows he’s willing to fight anyone or thing to protect her. And Mei, formidable in her own right, will do the same. It’s the kind of bond where you truly believe one would lost without the other. Rather beautiful, if you ask me.
They’ve been on the run for a while, but based on Mei’s age, it’s clear John fell in love with her while she was a vampire. This raises all sorts of questions I’m anxious to learn the answers of.
Mei can only be cured if the vampire that turned her is dead and of course he’s the baddest vamp in the land. He’s described as sending ” . . . more souls to hell than Death himself.”
All this packed into one issue.
And now a little bit about the art. The cover artist is not always the same the guy doing the interiors, but in this case, what you see on the cover is what you get inside. I really like the sketchyness and use of shadows. It adds to the gritty storytelling, yet no emotion is lost from any characters.
The reviews on this book have been very positive across the board and it’s already going to a second printing. Not a huge surprise since it’s a new title and probably had a low print run. But it does mean people are looking for it and the shops are calling their distributors for more.
So, if you’re reading comics I highly recommend Undying Love and if you’ve never picked one up, I think it’s a great place to start. Have I enticed you?