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Requiem Vampire Knight. Tome 2: Dracula & The Vampires Ball (Pat Mills, Olivier Ledroit)
February 7, 2018, 5:43 pm
Filed under: Olivier Ledroit, Pat Mills, Requiem Vampire Knight, Uncategorized

This volumes resumes the story  of Heinrich Augsburg, an ex Nazi soldier doomed to be a vampire warrior in a world of resolute evil. It fills in some of the back story on his love Rebecca who was Jew and as such forbidden fruit for a Nazi . She suffered a horrible death and has been reincarnated as a foe of Dracula and hence Requiem but he still has feelings for her.  She features quite heavily in this tale where they interact in a cliffhanger way at the end. We also find that Requiem himself may be a reincarnation of a disgraced fellow called Thurim. This is a fact he tries to conceal as it would put him in certain conflict with Dracula.

The main story revolves around factions trying to overthrow the Vampires and their master Dracula and includes many epic battles.  There is a tremendous amount going on in the battle scenes and graphic bloodshed. The style of writing is familiar to Pat Mills fans and has some edginess to the subject matter that makes it less suitable for youngsters.

This book stands out for it’s  detailed and gloriously colored artwork. The wonderful drawing is helped no end by  the good quality shiny paper stock. Each page is a veritable feast for the eyes and must have taken ages to draw. I particularly enjoyed the artwork for the steampunk style sky pirates. Sometimes the complexity of the art and number of characters made it a little difficult for me to follow what was going on but it didn’t distract from the pleasurable reading experience.  The artwork is very detailed but not in a surreal rather than realistic way. The extra art at the end of the book is also worthy of note.

Being from the same author, it reminds me in feel of the 2000AD strip Nemesis the Warlock but the full color TPB format here allows even more outrageous art. If you enjoyed the first Novel, Are a Nemesis follower or  a Pat Mills fan you should enjoy this Graphic treat.

8/10. (112 pages, September 2009, ISBN 1-84653-438-0)

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