The plot thickens. It’s so thick, in fact, that the heart of the matter is still a bit too elusive. The heart of the matter is, as the title indicates, Vampires, but so far there have been little more then quick references to the blood thirsty creatures of the night. One imagines that’s the intention of Mignola, Bá and Moon, as an effort to elicit a sense of impending doom, and surmounting tension.
On the one hand it’s working. The atmosphere is so dense that it’s claustrophobic. You can almost feel the growing weight, and panic upon Agent Anders, as the creatures he seeks invisibly encroach upon him, ready to strike at any moment—or, as it seems, toy with him maddeningly. Despite all of this the reader is still left just as frustrated as agent Anders seems to be, as he himself states—
“VAMPIRES, Miss Novarov! Not history lessons!”
It’s Vampires that we all seek, and though this reader appreciates a magnificent build up to an equally satisfying climax, I wanna see some serious vampire action! In this second installment of the greatly anticipated B.P.R.D.: Vampire, we are treated with too much back story. You expect to turn the page and find a gaping maw flying out at you. Alas, to no avail.
It’s a shame, because Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon’s art is so perfect for this series. It is as though they were destined to ply their style to the Mignolaverse. My only wish is, as they seem to be emulating Mignola’s style a little too much, that they would be better served by just channeling their own brilliant style completely.
Overall, the tension is there, and admittedly, the end of the issue treats us to the hope that in the next installment, we could very well be engorged with vampires.
B.P.R.D.: Vampire #2