Vampire Hunter D: Message From Mars #1
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Vampire Hunter D: Message From Mars #1

Writer: Sebastian A. Jones Artist: Michael Broussard Publisher: Stranger Comics Release Date: November 16, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 1
9.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Drawn to Mars by an ancient message from Cecile, a girl who could see the future, D arrives to find a colony that is little more than a blood farm. With Left Hand by his side, D sets out to cleanse Mars of the vampiric scourge!

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 7, 2016

    Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars is off to a tremendous start.  Any fan of the anime film will love this book.  While it gets extra points for nostalgia, it stands on its own with a solid story and gorgeous artwork.  This is based on a previously untranslated and unpublished short story from creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, and I hope to see may more adaptations of D's adventures make their way to the comic book medium. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComiConverse - Mitch Nissen Jan 16, 2017

    Stranger Comics releases the first ever commercial American Vampire Hunter D comic book and it is nothing short of incredible. The world and characters of Vampire Hunter D are accurately adapted and the book features some of the finest artwork in all comicdom. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Nov 23, 2016

    The art was the main draw on this for me as I initially browsed the comic, but I was then drawn in by the story and the world, particularly as presented by the creative team of Easton and Broussard. I cannot speak to how this comic will work for people who have a previous familiarity with the Vampire Hunter D character, but it worked great for me as an introduction to the character and his world. I appreciate the fact that Stranger added a couple of pages at the back of the comic detailing the publication history of the character as well as the basic backstory of the character. This is a seemingly simple thing to add that a lot of comics skip. It added a lot of value for me and I really appreciate it. I'm definitely on board for this 5 issue series. The next issue is due out in January, and it has been added to my pull list! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Nov 16, 2016

    I wish I had more to say about this issue. The story is pretty straightforward, but it's the narration that makes it so enjoyable. Otherwise, it's a well-handled adaptation that I'm happy to read more of. Hopefully, the second issue will be just as strong and continue the balance between D and our narrator. If so, then this story has a lot of potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    lionbeastbay Aug 26, 2020

    I knew roughly what I was getting into when I purchased Message From Mars #1. I've read the first three Vampire Hunter D novels, the manga, and I've seen both movies. For what it's worth--and from my understanding of Kikuchi's work as a whole--it feels like an accurate representation of the series. For better or worse. Which is to say, I found the art direction, action, and environments stunning and well-suited to the Sci-Fi/Western tone of the series -- even despite my usual middling opinion of more realistic comic book art styles.

    However, past the opening fight with an opposing Vampire (which was awesome), I was immediately disappointed, albeit unsurprised, by the paper-thin writing of Cecile, the female narrator. Her initial more

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