Posted on November 15, 2012 AT 08:54pm
Tim Seely has been a busy man. Aside from his adventures with the hit series Hack/Slash, he’s been working on the newest Image Comics title Revival and a brand new horror title from Dark Horse Comics. Ex Sanguine has something of a familiar concept, but turns it around with some clever character development and that Seely charm. Along with writing partner Joshua Scott Emmons, Seely explores the life of the mysterious Sanguine killer, who after the end of the last issue, is believed to be lethargic vampire Saul Adams.
That is one of the fun things about this book: it takes the familiar story of eternal life as a vampire and shows the not-so-interesting side of being a blood-drinking killer. Saul, after centuries of life, is bored as hell. So bored in face he’s basically resigned himself to hanging out in the same diner every night for years, sitting around and passing the time by writing in his journal.This is until he meets a strange young woman named Ashely who is much less innocent than she looks.
This issue picks up where the previous left off, with Saul Adams being detained in the police station for the Sanguine killings, which[Spoiler Alert From Issue #1]was not his doing, though his journal was found at the scene. After being broken out by Ashley after she provides the police with an alibi for his whereabouts, the two of them head of for a romantic evening that is something only the two of them would find to be stimulating in both mental and sexual ways. While there’s some near nudity, it’s nothing offensive, though the entire scene seems a bit unnecessary. It establishes a bit of character, but nothing that wasn’t already present before the sexual encounter, and even goes as far as to detract from Saul a bit, who seemed to be less of a man of attraction and more of a man whose grown past all of that. Seely and Emmons do a good job of pacing the story however, revealing some interesting plot and motivation details near the end of the issue.
Seely does the artwork for the series as well, and while it’s not terrible, it doesn’t have the deep shadows of a horror book, nor does it have some of the terrifying detail work that could be expected from a series about vampirism and serial killing. Not as much of a detriment as it could have been, but Seely’s ability to write and draw the series brings a pretty passion to the book. Ashley in particular is a bit vexing as she seems to look different facially in different panels. Not in a perspective way, but she only seems to look vaguely similar in some pages than how she was originally depicted.
Summary: Overall, the series is progressing well, with some mystery thrown into the killing and psychosis. Seely and Emmonds have something here, and while the second issue lulled a bit more than the previous issue, this is turning out to be an interesting series thus far. Not an ordinary horror tale, fans of the mysticism of the vampire lore, serial killers and mystery should be reading this book without doubt. It’s a mix of several different genres, and none of them seem forced.
- THE GOOD: Solid Pacing, Mystery Element Is A Plus
- THE BAD: Artwork Is A Bit Tame For A Horror Title
- THE UGLY: Unnecessary Sex Scene Takes Away From Character Development
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