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Dark Red #1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Corin Howell Publisher: Aftershock Comics Release Date: March 20, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 3
8.0Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

Charles "Chip" Ipswich isn't one of those coastal elites with a liberal arts degree and a job at a social media start-up who knows where all the best brunch places are...
No, Chip is one of the "forgotten men." He lives in a rural area in the middle of the country where Jesus still has a place at the dinner table and where factories send jobs to Calcutta.
Chip is also a vampire.
Stuck working the last shift at a gas station, Chip is lonely and bored...and then his dull, bleak life is turned upside down when SHE comes to town.Tim Seeley (BRLLIANT TRASH) and Corin Howell (Ghostbusters, X-Files Origins: Scully, Bat-Mite) bring you a more

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 24, 2019

    A vampire in modern day America off the highway is a dark delight. The characters are funny, sad, and creepy as hell. The visuals are a perfect mix of reality and horror, with the graphic dealings absolutely appropriate for the characters. I love everything about this book and can't wait to sink my teeth into the next issue. No one does horror like AfterShock! Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 4, 2019

    With the current political climate, it was only a matter of time before it influenced some comics. Dark Red is a satirical take on the stubborn white American male, through the lens of vampires. It's like a distant cousin to all the sex and violence from True Blood, but this one sits alone in its trailer park, wondering why the world around it is so scary and different. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Legion - Fred Etten Mar 19, 2019

    This is definitely a title I will be adding to my pull list. I look forward to the next issue by this team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 27, 2019

    When it comes to vampires, there isn't really a whole not of new stuff you can add. In this case, there are influences in play that you may have seen before, most notably True Blood and Twilight, with the setting and the idea of marking the land as theirs; though thankfully there are no sparkly vampires. Previously AftserShock like to go for the jugular when it comes to stories with a twist. This idea may have served it's usefulness as constant twists and turns can become the norm with over use. As such, this book, with its reasonably normal setup is actually a bit of fresh for the publisher, though I am sure that whole story may have a bite down the line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Mar 25, 2019

    Though its premise may seem to be tiresome after years of hearing about that area of the United States, "Dark Red" #1 manages to trickle out some new blood from an old genre through its own self-awareness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 20, 2019

    Howell's artwork is solid and captures the look of this particular place and time well and I'm definitely interested in seeing where it goes and if Seeley can tell Chip's story while still making him sympathetic as he's definitely got curmudgeon written all over him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Danilo To Mar 20, 2019

    Dark Red #1 appears to be an exciting new series displaying great quality in both writing and artwork making for something that promises to be a thrilling read every issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopCultHQ - Adrian Care Mar 20, 2019

    A near-stellar first issue that's sure to shoot to the top of your pull list. While the Vampire genre has some strong entries in recent comic book history, Dark Red sits comfortably among the best. It offers fresh takes and creative ideas delivered through an angle we've rarely (if ever) explored characters like this through. There are respectful nods to its influences, thought-provoking philosophy, social commentary, and action in large doses. Sink your teeth into this book, it's guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Mar 11, 2019

    Dark Red #1 delivers a bold concept and a promising setup. Its not as political of a comic as its title or cover suggests, with a subtlety of concern likely to be welcome to some readers. Ill stick with it, because if a vampire comic ends up having the smartest things to say about American in 2019, theres no way Im missing that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Mark Scott Mar 5, 2019

    As I subtly suggested above, this series has really caught me by surprise. Its superb both narratively and visually and Im comfortable citing this as the next big vampire story to hit the shelves. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Graphic Policy Team Mar 20, 2019

    There's a lot of potential here and I want to read more and see where it goes. The comic could be amazing diving into the current zeitgeist and exploring a snapshot of the current American socio-political situation. As is, we just have a vampire story set in a place we don't normally see in comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Michael Fromm Mar 13, 2019

    Overall, the first issue of DARK RED is a satisfying introduction to this vampire story with something to say about the political divide the country is facing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Brandon Masters Mar 30, 2019

    With an exciting start and a solid execution, it looks like Dark Red is leaning towards a slightly more traditional take on Vampires with the urban fantasy genre. The cliffhanger really hints at more that may take the book to strange and beautiful places, or crash and burn. Time and future issues will tell. Read Full Review

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