Dandy Don the Valiant’s Review: BLEED THEM DRY #1- Ninjas & Vampires!
Bleed Them Dry #1
Writers: Hiroshi Koizumi, Eliot Rahal
Artist: Dike Ruan
Cover Artist: Nathan Gooden, Dike Ruan, Adam Gorham
Publisher: Vault Comics
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Oh, hey, Mom. I just got through reading an interesting story from Vault Comics called Bleed Them Dry #1. It has vampires AND ninjas. Soooo cooool! What? No, that’s just the name of the company. I don’t think they actually store their comics inside of a vault. Really? I didn’t know you had a vault or owned anything expensive enough to store in a vault. You’re kidding? Gold coins? Cool! No, you don’t have to show them to me. Well, okay. Uh, Mom. These are chocolate coins. Yes, they are! Geesh. Sorry about that, OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
When I saw that bright white bold title on the front of the comic book cover that says Bleed Them Dry, it piqued my interest. When I saw what was above that bright white bold title, I knew it had me. A Ninja Vampire Tale! I love reading about ninjas. I love reading about vampires. Then Vault Comics combines the two for a story line? Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! So, I pulled the comic book off the shelf as stealth as a ninja (but not quite, because I still had to pay for it). Then I took a bite out of the story like a vampire (it tasted like paper, but it’s better than the alternative). Bleed Them Dry #1, created by Hiroshi Koizumi and written by Eliot Rahal, had me at Ninja Vampire Tale!
The story starts out in the year 3333 (easy to remember). In the International Republic of Displaced Peoples (a.k.a. The City State of Asylum, or Asylum, for short), Detective Harper Halloway is on the scene of a murdered vampire. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Normally that would be a good thing, right? But here in the future, vampires and humans live together in perfect harmony, at least for the most part. Humans can actually volunteer to become vampires if they so choose. In this case, a recent convert (Immortals, as they are affectionately called) was murdered. We learn there has been a recent murder spree on Immortals. Then, from out of nowhere, Detective Halloway is attacked by an actual vampire. But Detective Atticus Black, a vampire detective (and also a vampire), and his sword come to the rescue (what a scene!). Now the chase is on for the vampire killer, but not without that huge twist of a cliffhanger! This is going to be one fun and interesting series!
Creator Hiroshi Koizumi and writer Eliot Rahal are bringing originality to the vampire genre and that’s extremely difficult to find. Vampires, Immortals, and Ninja Detectives are a combination that is working so effortlessly, you would think this was always the case in vampire stories. The art by Dike Ruan and colors by Miquel Muerto bring a freshness to an endlessly written about mythos. I can’t wait to see what other surprises are in store. Speaking of stores (see what I did there?), call your LCS and get this added to your pull list before they all disappear like a ninja in the night or a vampire after getting a stake to the heart (does that still work in 3333? Hmmm).
Sorry about the chocolate coins, Mom. Well, at least you have some extra candy to snack on. Or maybe not. These expired in 1970. Oh, boy.