Vain #1
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Vain #1

Writer: Eliot Rahal Artist: Emily Pearson Publisher: Oni Press Release Date: October 14, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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Chicago, 1941. A blood bank is held up in a robbery, but no cash is taken-only blood. It's the latest in a string of similar crimes and FBI Agent Felix Franklin is certain it's part of a wider plot. But the truth is much more sinister than he could imagine. The four robbers-who call themselves The Vain-are vampires: immortal, physically powerful, and after decades of honing their skills, practically untraceable. But in a world that is rapidly changing, stealing blood is harder every day and with each decade that passes, Agent Franklin inches closer to the truth. Eliot Rahal, Emily Pearson, and Fred C. Stressing kick off a series that spans ne more

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Oct 27, 2020

    Just when I thought I had The Vain down and knew where it was going, it takes an abrupt turn, re-framing everything. Again, the book would have been great on its initial premise. I would have been totally satisfied with that, but then we get something so much more and I'm even more excited for it. In a world where we've seen just about everything vampires can do, The Vain gives us something new and refreshing. It's got scares, action, drama, romance, and heart. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Oct 14, 2020

    A stylish and complex story that takes its time leading up to one of the best last-lines in a single issue monthly comic all year. If you like to look good and you also enjoy top-tier pulp storytelling concepts, this book is 100 percent absolutely for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Theo Dwyer Oct 11, 2020

    The Vain #1 from Eliot Rahal and Emily Pearson is a beautifully drawn comic that plays against the readers' expectations. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Connor Casey Oct 14, 2020

    The elevator pitch for The Vain definitely had to be "1940's detective drama with vampires," but the book winds up having a bit of fun with that. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 14, 2020

    The Vain #1 is not what I expected at all. I really thought the comic would be a more cut and dry cops and robbers story. It just so happens the robbers are vampires and the targets are blood banks. The setting and where the comic goes surprised me in a good way and has me wanting to come back. Rahal is known for delivering twists and different takes on popular genres and it looks like we might be getting some more of that here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Daniel Clark Oct 16, 2020

    A cat and mouse game between the F.B.I. and gangster vampires could be quite fun. However, way this issue ends it does not appear that is where this is headed. Surprises are nice but it does limit the understanding of what exactly this will be for the long haul. What is by far the most compelling aspect that is established is the way it explores the varied morality of these characters including F.B.I. agent Felix Hunter. In their own way, everyone is trying to escape from the way society confines them. From determining who they can date to who you can kill for nourishment. If it can build on that strength this series could be something special. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Oct 19, 2020

    It's an intriguing, yet an all-too-familiar idea that is hampered by artwork that tries a bit too hard to be something unique. Read Full Review

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