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Requiem Vampire Knight . Tome 4: The Convent of the Blood Sisters & The Queen of Dead Souls (Pat Mills, Olivier Ledroit)
February 14, 2018, 7:11 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Olivier Ledroit, Pat Mills, Requiem Vampire Knight, Uncategorized

Tome 4 collects

  • The Convent of the Blood Sisters
  • The Queen of Dead Souls

Another solid offering set in Mills adult vampire world that carries on the story of Heinrich and his plight in the nether world. Quite a violent an gritty book with lots of nudity and extreme violence.  The art work is again excellent although its complexity and layout sometimes makes some sections hard to follow. Although the story was well written I found you had to concentrate quite hard to keep up with what was going on.

If you enjoyed the previous 3 volumes I think you will enjoy this one.

8/10  (112 pages, November 2010, ISBN 1-84653-438-0)

Requiem Vampire Knight. Tome 3: Dragon Blitz & Hellfire Club (Pat Mills, Olivier Ledroit )
February 11, 2018, 4:52 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Olivier Ledroit, Pat Mills, Requiem Vampire Knight, Uncategorized

Book 3 collects two stories, Dragon Blitz and Hellfire.  These continue on from the earlier books which are reviewed on this site and there is no need to regurgitate all the back story here.  As the previous books this is a very solid tale with excellent art and great coloring.  The story is quite graphic in places and definitely more suited for mature readers.

Dragon Blitz picks up at the cliffhanger of the last series where Heinrich and Rebecca are making their escape through the dragon attack.  There is also a bit of a back story on one of the Protaganists Otto who is involved in a big dogfight with the pair at the beginning of the book. Other highlights of this story include the pirates hijacking of the Black opium train and the meeting of a new character in the shape of a vampire dragon hunter. I enjoyed this tale as much as the previous two books.

Hellfire club starts with a back story regarding the Crusaders who later become vampires fighting with the Russians. It mainly is based around the fight between Lindos and Dracula but has a subplot where Rebecca gets taken by the  Police to the sisters of blood. blood and Heinrich prepares to get her back. An enjoyable read and visual treat.

ISBN-13: 978-1846534577.  8/10.

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)

[Requiem Vampire Knight Tome 1. Resurrection and Danse Macabre] – (Pat Mills, Olivier Ledroit)
February 13, 2013, 8:11 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Olivier Ledroit, Pat Mills, Requiem Vampire Knight

Volume 1 collects the English Translations of Tome 1 “Resurrection” and Tome 2 “Danse Macabre”. The original stories were published in France but were written by British comic book author “Pat Mills” of 2000AD and Charley’s War fame. This is the first of 5 volumes.

Requiem is the story of a German soldier named Heinrich Augsburg who is killed fighting on the Russian front during World War 2. He finds himself transported to a dark and twisted world (Resurrection) where evil souls are reborn as monsters.  In Resurrection people are re-incarnated according to their sins and find themselves as Zombies, Ghouls,  Vampires or several other strange creatures.  The actual type of monster depends how evil the person was in their past life. The most evil come back as Vampires who are the social elite and ruling class.

Resurrection itself is a backward mirror of earth where the seas are land and the land becomes huge lakes of fire.  People are transported to this world at the age they expired and they grow younger rather than older until they eventually cease to exist.  It is also a world where good is bad and archaeologists bury artifacts rather than dig them up to protect people.  My impression of the planet is that it is Pat Mill’s representation of hell.

Heinrich is reborn as Requiem, a member of the Vampire Elite, with a burning desire to find the woman he loved and betrayed during his lifetime (Rebecca).  Unusually, he has not entirely lost his sense of fair play in his transition to Vampire and this character trait causes him to be unpopular amongst some of his Vampire peers. It is difficult to know how to view characters actions in this book as the world is a reversed reality but there truly are some monsters. Heinrich seems to be one of the few hanging onto some sort of humanity but others are as sick as anything you will find in any horror fiction.

The subject matter is very violent with lots of S&M, Slavery, torture and even sexual content. Mills does a great job of slowly unraveling the complicated concepts of the reality whilst driving the story along. The reader is bombarded with a large array of characters to try to keep track of but the artwork does a good enough job to not make this a chore. I enjoyed the way our main character manages to begin to unravel his new reality and the pace of the book is anything but pedestrian.  People familiar with the writing style of Pat Mills will instantly recognize his style of social – political writing and this stands up well to his other work.

The artwork is very well put together with Grotesque characters, enormous complex backdrops and a great sense of movement (this is definitely not a talking heads book).  The style of the art reminded me of Nemesis the warlock in its level of complexity but this book is in glorious full color.  The complex page layouts and very heavy use of red give this book a dramatic impact. The only down side of this swathe of dark red is that the book does need to be read in a brightly lit room as the text is often barely discernible from the art work.  It is a visual feast for the eyes and the subject matter oozes with gore and nudity.

Requiem Vampire Knight is not a light read but if you are a fan of horror fiction and/or Pat Mills you should find this a good read. There are absolutely no translation issues that I found. ISBN-13: 978-1846534379. 8/10