Writing - 9/10
Art - 9/10
Overall - 9/10
Vampire the Masquerade #2
Writer: Tim Seeley, Tini Howard & Blake Howard
Artist: Devmalya Pramanik, Nathan Gooden
Colorist: Addison Duke
Letterer: Andworld Design
Publisher: Vault Comics
Released: September 16th, 2020
Maturity Rating: Not Rated
Vampire the Masquerade #2 contains within it the second part of two separate stories, “Winter’s Teeth” and “The Anarch’s Tale” both of which are set in the World of Darkness.
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Diving Into the Darkside in Vampire the Masquerade #2
The World of Darkness is back again in Vampire the Masquerade #2. The second issue in this series is already proving to be just as memorable as the first. And potentially even darker, an impressive feat, to say the least.
Fans of this world (courtesy of the RPG and video game) will surely love what is happening on these pages. There are two independent stories, and both have worked hard to capture the core elements and tone of the world so many have come to love.
The first, “Winter’s Teeth” follows a courier for the Camarilla. Meanwhile, the second plot, “The Anarch Tales”, unsurprisingly follows the unique vampire coterie that has formed out of necessity – and the bitterness it brings with it.
The first half of Vampire the Masquerade #2 focuses entirely on “Winter’s Teeth”. Written by Tim Seeley, “Winter’s Teeth” doesn’t hesitate to dive back into the story of Cecily Brine, and the latest situation she has found herself in. As a courier for the Camarilla, she faces many responsibilities, and now she’s gone on and taken yet another.
The writing for this plot gets delightfully dark, and it’s all thanks to the outlook Cecily has on her lot in life. Or rather, the condition she shares with every other vampire out there. It showcases some of the struggles that every vampire must deal with, in their way.
Devmalya Pramanik was the lead artist, bringing the story to life in such a beautiful yet horrifying manner. Meanwhile, Addison Duke provided the colors, and Andworld Design the letters. Together, they created rich details, an intentional feast for the eyes that perfectly mirrors the world it is set in.
All things considered, this plot is rapidly proving to be highly fascinating. It’s wonderfully done, doing justice to the world. And to the characters within, of course.
The Anarch Tales
Next up in Vampire the Masquerade #2 there’s “The Anarch Tales.” This is yet another foreboding and twisted story, focusing on another part of the vampiric underworld. The characters in this story are a coterie, not by choice (from the looks of it), but thanks to that drive to stay alive (undead?).
Tini Howard & Blake Howard were the authors behind this plot, and they did a wonderful job of it. This is one of those slow builds, as the past and future are carefully revealed one piece at a time. Everything is in balance, with the past coming up as it becomes relevant.
Honestly, it’s the sort of story that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Eager for more. Excited to learn how it all connects, and just how bad it’s going to get. (There’s certainly a lingering feeling that things are going to get worse).
Nathan Gooden was the lead artist for this half of the issue, with both Addison Duke (colors) and Andworld Design (letters) making a second appearance. “The Anarch Tales” makes strong use of muted tones and colors to set the scene, and it is perfect. This is not a world infused with color, and nor should it be.
Vampire the Masquerade #2 is everything that this fan had been hoping for. It pulled in all the themes and much of the lore, all while weaving together two new stories.
I love that two plot arcs are running simultaneously. It suits the world, where there’s always something going on at any given time. But more than that, I’m just happy to be seeing more new material once again.
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