Wednesday, July 6, 2011

City of Others Review

City of Others
Dark Horse Comics
Softcover Trade Paperback
112 pages
$14.95 (2008)
ISBN 9781593078935

Contributors: Steve Niles, Bernie Wrightson, Jose Villarrubia, and Mike Thomas

Reprints: City of Others (2007) #1-4 (of 4)

Synopsis: Stosh Bludowski is a professional killer with no memory of ever feeling human emotion.  Remorseless and cunning, he is very successful at what he does, until two clean kills won't stay down.  Perplexed after discovering clues to a greater mystery, he embarks on a journey which ends at a mountain fortress populated by vampires.  They are surrounded by an army of undead zombies and his only hope is to side with the greatest enemies of mankind against even greater enemies.  This gruesome killer is still only human - can he stand against the unholy powers of the undead and will his capacity for feeling finally awaken when it's too late?

Pros: Wrightson's art is always top notch, some interesting concepts, vampires vs. zombies, main character is a major badass

Cons: Story ends abruptly, antihero just wasn't interesting enough

Mike Tells It Straight: Niles and Wrightson are legendary horror comics creators and their pairing could only prove ruthlessly magical.  Alas, this is not the case as their creation feels as hollow and empty as the antihero starring in it.  Despite quality art and some captivating story elements this book goes by too quickly and you never really get to care about any of the characters.  The main character is the problem - I just couldn't buy his sudden change from an unfeeling killer into a fledgling vampire discovering emotions for the first time.  Great concept on paper, but it didn't translate to reality.

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