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Review: Impaler #1

Posted by Luke Brown On December - 18 - 2008

Does Impaler bring a new spin on vampires, or is it just another vampire tale to get lost in the shuffle? Hit the jump to see whether or not you missed out.

Impaler #1
Writer: William Harms
Artist: Matt Timson
Cover: Matt Timson, Sheldon Mitchell

You’ve no doubt seen or read countless reimaginings of Dracula and the vampire lore that follows. Whether it came in the form of the comic 30 Days of Night, the book Twilight, or the character Blade, it’s clear that vampire stories are still popular. In recent years, adding something new and worthwile to myth has been pretty difficult. Imapler sets out to do just that. Centering around Vlad the Impaler, and the story of not only how he came to be, but what his purpose in life is, the series is already earning some acclaim in horror circles. But how does it hold up for those of us outside those circles?

The story picks up immediately after the US nuked New York City in an attempt to curb a vampire invasion. The only problem is, it may be too late. William Harms does a nice job setting the table for those of us who haven’t read the previous Impaler books. I didn’t feel lost or like I was missing something, despite the book starting with the reader having missed a big fight. Though the book’s main characters, Vlad and Vic, are interesting enough that I want to see what happens next, my favorite part of the book was the military search and rescue operation in the Newark airport. The soliders are searching for the missing Secretary of State, and along the way, things get a little hairy. Scenes like this have been done before, but Harms is able to keep it fresh, and thus enjoyable.

If you’re just glancing over Impaler at the shop, you may the mistake of thinking Matt Timson’s art is just a Ben Templesmith rip-off. Once you read the book, you’ll see just how wrong you were. Timson combines the bleak palette associated with Templesmith’s art with a style reminiscent of Adi Granov, and the result is quite good. The diffused colors enhance the mood, and each of the quiet moments is complimented with an action sequence, showing just how ranged Timson is. For this book, Timson seems perfectly suited, and I’m anxious to see how he improves as the series progresses.

Impaler #1 was an interesting read, and I may just have to read the previous books to see how Harms and Timson got to this point. At the very least, I’ll be sticking with this book for the next few issues to see where it goes.

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