Title/Book: Ides of Blood #1 (of 6)
Writer: Stuart C Paul
Artist: Christian Duce
Colorist: Carlos Badilla
Letterer: Johnny Lowe
Release Date: October 2010
ISBN: 7 61941 28245 9
For those of you familiar with ancient history, Julius Caesar was reportedly assassinated during the Ides of March. ‘Ides of Blood’ takes place during the same time period; however, there is a mixture of the undead (in the form of ‘Vampyre’ slaves) as well as humans. As the story opens, another member of the nobility is murdered by a vampyre serial killer called the ‘Pluto’s Kiss Killer’, and Caesar calls upon Valens (another vampyre, but head of the Praetorian guard) to track the killer down.
This comic series combines two of my favorite hobbies: ancient history and vampires. What’s not to like? The language is well-written and easily understood, but at the same time sounds like language that would be used in the period. The art is fantastic and care is taken to ensure the colors are perfect and match what the scene is supposed to depict.
I specifically enjoyed banter between Scipio and Valens. Scipio isn’t a vampire, but Valens is, and there is a camaraderie between the two that lends itself to true friendship and a feeling that each can be relied upon if needed.
If I had to pick a portion of the comic that could have been better, it simply could have been longer. I understand that 32 pages is normal for a comic, but I was pretty engrossed when it completed. Now I have to wait for the next issue. *Sad Face*
Overall Thoughts: If you are a comic enthusiast and enjoy the macabre as well as ancient history, you would be a fool not to buy this (and the 5 issues that will follow). If you aren’t really into non-superhero comics, then this likely isn’t for you.