Exsanguine #1 Review: Cheese and Whine
The end result deserves a steak trough the heart.
“Exsanguine” is about Saul Adams, a shut-in under investigation by the FBI for a missing person who is presumed dead. Saul is also a vampire.
Don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler. He’s on the cover.
The story is an exercise in mediocrity in the worst sense. Saul has these inner monologues that are supposed to make him sound crazy, but they just make him sound like a whiny child. He’s more Holden Caulfield than Hannibal Lector. There’s no reason to care about what happens to him. He’s a bore.
The two FBI agents are also bland and, of course, they are a male and female Mulder and Scully team with Scully having the bad flashbacks. That creature in that flashback that’s bothering Scully is supposed to look like a vampire but that “vampire” looks more like Rob Zombie. It’s still scary no matter how you look at it.
You can label the art as mediocre as well with some things that don’t make sense. When Mulder and Scully try to break down Saul’s door, Scully obviously rolls up her left sleeve to try to break down the door. But we see her use her right arm in the next panel. The character designs themselves don’t stand out and seem like ordinary horror comic book fare so don’t expect anything too grand.
“Exsanguine” is a boring story with bland art. You can try to give this character’s inner monologue a chance, but that inner monologue should be interesting. It’s not. This vampire needs some cheese with his whine.
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