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Review: ‘Ex Sanguine’ #1

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Tim Seeley’s creative mind and talented hand have been working in overdrive to get his new vampire story out on the shelves, well boys and ghouls its finally here! Ex Sanguine is an incredibly clever take on the modern day vampire with a twist that only Seeley and his co-writer Joshua Scott Emmons could deliver. The story and art are a testament to Seeley’s imagination, bringing life (or in this case undeath). I love a good vampire story and this one is loaded with clever imagery and mature themes that go a long way.

WRITTEN BY: Tim Seeley and Joshua Scott Emmons
ART BY: Tim Seeley
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: 3.99
RELEASE: October 17th

The protagonist is one Saul Adams, who has been living his undeath with relative ease, using low life to sate is hunger and only feeding on people who aren’t worthy of note. With FBI agents snooping around his town as a murderer is on the loose, Saul becomes one of the main suspects. The story employs wonderful imagery to describe the situation. Agent Quinn reads a bit of Saul’s journal and is thrown into a intense dream-like vision of the “hollow man” torturing her.

The story continues through Saul’s routine as he goes to his local feeding ground Commonwealth Diner. He finds himself out habit when a new server is present. At this moment Saul’s inner workings are revealed through the running narrative, describing how he has lasted so long by keeping habits at bay and by staying under the radar. The thrills pick up from here as Saul uses his hunting skills to find worthy, or worthless, prey. From here the story swan dives into a twisted sort of love story.

Tim Seeley’s clever dialogue is at the forefront in “Ex Sanguine” #1. He and Emmons use modernized language mixed with word play to evoke a sense of ancient vampire lore. The narrative flows well with the artwork, as it should in any solid horror story.

Seeley’s art style, using hard lines and lacking any sketchiness is refreshing considering how many vampire books fall under the wave of the “30 Days of Night” gritty look. This adds to the book’s already extremely modern look and feel. When Saul is in his vampire form, it’s not subtle in the least. He’s portrayed as a monster and nothing else.

Seeley is on a mission to deliver a new take on love and vampirism, and it’s coming up roses thus far.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by- GreenBasterd