If vampires are going to live anywhere and go unnoticed, it’s probably Vegas. Nick and Tree, the vampires in question, have had a bromance for the ages, from orgies with Michelangelo to battling at Genghis Khan’s side. But the bromance is ending, and a woman’s at the heart of it – Nick’s in love with a mortal woman, and Tree isn’t happy about it. At the same time, an apocalypse-obsessed vampire is planning an end to humanity, and Nick’s in his sights – unbeknownst to Nick, naturally.
I had a few problems with Blood Brothers, the biggest being that the characters were irritating. You have straightlaced Nick, the Bert to Tree’s Ernie. Nick complains about Tree’s bad business deals throughout their history together (which includes selling Monet originals for absinthe money and investing in a little zeppelin deal called the Hindenburg), and Nick complains about getting up “at the crack of dusk” to get to their job as bounty hunters. It’s like watching the Odd Couple with fangs.
In yet another TV analogy, the issue is like one big clip show – there are flashbacks to Nick and Tree’s history, from battles, to bad business deals, to lengths Nick has gone to in order to regain his humanity. This actually provides some interest, as well as a fun glimpse into the characters’ history together, but needs to be less obvious – it really did feel like a clip show, with the obvious lead-ins to the flashbacks.
Overall, I didn’t love this book, but was entertained by it. Nick and Tree’s dialogue can be very funny, and the apocalypse subplot could become interesting. I’d give it a strong 3 out of 5, and will watch this title to see where the story goes. The book hits shelves next week.
BLOOD BROTHERS #1
Writers: Mike Gagerman & Andrew Waller
Artist: Evan Shaner
Cover Artist: Juan Doe
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date: July 17, 2013
Format: FC, 32 pages; miniseries
UPC: 7 61568 22884 7 00111
Diamond ID: MAY130024